Hispanic Leadership Conference this weekend
After a decade, the Hispanic Leadership Conference is still going stong, thanks to the hard work and efforts of co-coordinators Dina and Mike Ferrer.
On Saturday, April 16, the UAW Hispanic Council will be joining in partnership with various service, educational, and Latino organizations to host this highly successful conference at the Lorain County Community College (1005 Abbe Road North, Elyria, OH), entitled “Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors” from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., followed by an evening of cultural awareness, entertainment, networking, dinner, and dance from 6:00 p.m.-midnight at the Lorain Party Center (2501 Leavitt Road, Lorain).
The HLC serves as “a forum where civic leaders, educators, students, social service workers, non-profit organizations, Latino advocacy groups, and concerned citizens can exchange views, network, and review information provided by national, state, and local presenters, which will enable everyone to better address the major issues” facing Latinos, said co-coordinator Dina Ferrer.
“It will also be a celebration of past achievements and a commitment to the future,” according to Dina’s husband, Michael.
Presenters/speakers for the conference include: Dr. Juan Andrade, President of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute of Chicago; Alba Sánchez, a performing artist from New York City; María Elena Gaitan, an interdisciplinary artist from Los Angeles; and Baldemar Velásquez, President of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), based in Toledo.
Mariachi Acero, a band comprised of young adults from Indiana , will entertain participants with fantastic Mexican music and culture. Other surprise entertainment will be included. Adult conference fee is $35. High school youth are encouraged to attend at no cost.
The Saturday evening will conclude with a cultural gala (includes dinner) at the Lorain Party Center featuring well-known musical entertainment by Sammy DeLeon y Su Orchesta, plus DJ Abner”Gozader” Santiago. Evening gala cost is $35. Dance fee after 9:00 p.m. is $15.
Pre-conference activities begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15 with the film “Motorcycle Diaries” at the Stocker Center on the LCCC campus. The award winning film is based on the life of the 23-year-old medical student from Argentina , Che Guevara, when he traveled across South America on a motorcycle with his friend Alberto Granado in 1951-1952, in a personal odyssey which would ultimately inspire him to become a revolutionary—Che had a profound impact on the history of the world. Rated “R” (for explicit language). Free movie pass with conference registration fee, otherwise movie entrance fee can be paid at the door.
A reception for our speakers will to be held at the Holiday Inn ( 1825 Lorain Blvd. ) after the film from 9:30 – 11:30 p.m. No cost and is open to the public. For more information contact Dina or Michael Ferrer, at 440-989-1178 .