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Latina leadership conference to kick off Thursday in Buellton

Posted at 3:36 AM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 06:36:59-04

The 32nd annual Latina Leadership Network of the California Community Colleges (LLNCCC) Conference will begin on Thursday.

“This is the first time Allan Hancock College will be cohosting this conference so it’s a historical event for the college,” said Dr. Ana Gomez de Torres, president of LLNCCC and Spanish professor at Hancock. “Our vision is to continue informing, empowering and advocating for Latina women to attain leadership roles in their campus communities. All the workshops we have planned will be very informative and empowering.”

It will be held Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton and will go through Saturday.

The LLNCCC, a support and advocacy organization that address equity, diversity and social justice for the Latinx community, developed this year’s conference theme, ‘El Poder de la Voz Latina: Transforming Communities and Building a Pathway to Equity and Success.’ The phrase ‘El Poder de la Voz Latina’ translates to ‘The power of the Latina voice.’

The event is open for registration and will begin with a welcome reception Thursday evening featuring guest speakers Hilda Zacarias, Hancock Board of Trustees president and Dr. Jackie Reza, Director of Professional Development at De Anza College.

After an optional 6 a.m. zumba class on Friday, Gomez de Torres will officially kick off the conference portion of the event with welcome messages from Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D., President/Superintendent of Allan Hancock College and Dr. Daisy Gonzales, Deputy Chancellor of the California Community Colleges.

“Numerous challenges continue to face the Latinx community – especially social political challenges for our Dreamers, DACA students and immigrant families,” said Dr. Walthers. “At Hancock, we’re very lucky to have many incredible Latinx leaders who make a difference and change the odds for people in our community every day. It’s only natural that the college would continue to support the Latina Leadership Network.”

Other Hancock administrators will also be participating in the conference including Nohemy Ornelas, Vice President of Student Services, who is the featured speaker on Saturday, and Hancock Dean of Student Services Yvonne Teniente Cuello, who will participate in an administrator panel for the Leadership Institute on Friday.

“My hope for the conference is that we can unite further and continue supporting one another at emotional, moral, professional and personal levels,” said Gomez de Torres. “As we continue to collaborate, we can truly make a difference in our campuses and communities.”

For more information on the LLNCCC Conference, including a full agenda and registration information, click here.