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Tri-institutional Latin@ Leadership Summit

Join us for our 10th Annual Tri-Institutional Latin@ Leadership Summit to celebrate the life and work of Cesar Chavez. We will host a series of workshops, site visits, awards and a keynote speaker. The evening will conclude with a pre-screening of the movie Cesar Chavez: History is made one step at a time. Check out the trailer above or click here. The movie is free to conference participants.

   Agenda | Confrence Details | Service Project | Workshops | Gracias

2014 Theme: Inspiration for Action, Inspiración para la acción. 
Date: March 31st 2014 (Chavez's birthday!)
Time: 1:00-7:30
Location: We will start at the Tivoli Turnhalle and conclude at the Pavilions movie theatre.  More details below.

Important note: Priority for the movie tickets will be given to individuals who pre-register.  For the registration link click here.

                                                                        Agenda at a glance

  • 1:00 - 1:30 - Registration with light snacks, Grupo Huitzilopochtli, an Aztec dance group
  • 1:30 - 2:00 - David Young (Keynote Speaker)
  • 2:00 - 4:45 - Choice of Workshops or Service Project:
    • Workshops 2:00 - 3:15 & 3:30 - 4:45
    • Service project to SAME Café, GrowHaus or Centro Humanitario 2:00 - 4:45 (must be able to attend the entire timeframe)
  • 4:45 - 5:30 – Dinner, Awards and Guest Speaker State Representative Joseph Salazar
  • 5:30 - 6:00 – Transition to Theater​
  • 6:00 - 7:30 - Cesar Chavez: History is made one step at a time

                                                     Conference Details

(1:00-1:30, Tivoli Turnhalle)

Registration will start at 1:00.  During this time you can check in and receive your conference pass.  You will need to get this pass validated during the event to receive your dinner Chipotle burrito and your free movie passes. During this time we will also have light refreshments and you can also enjoy a presentation by Grupo Huitzilopochtli, an Aztec dance group who will bless the days’ events.  

Keynote Speaker
(1:30-2:00, Tivoli Turnhalle):

David Young will engage the audience in a discussion about the meaning of “In’Lak’ech”, and what it means to serve our community.  Atekpatzin Young is a  currandero and holds his MA from CSU Fort Collins  in Ethnic Studies. He is a well known elder in the indigenous community and holds teaching lodges  year round. Having helped to organize the lettuce boycotts in the 70's he is a strong proponent of service learning as a means to effect change. He will talk about the concept of  IN LAK´ECH: YO SOY OTRO TÚ!! and how it relates to all youth today.  Check out his facbook page here.

Service Project (2:00-4:45, off campus) or Workshops (2:00 - 3:15 & 3:30 - 4:45, Tivoli)

Service Project
(2:00-4:45, off-campus)
The Service Projects will be held off campus. To participate in a service project you must commit to the entire time frame and must use the transportation provided. Below is a brief description of each site

Centro Humanitario Para Los Trabajadores: El Centro is Denver’s only day laborer center promoting work, dignity and community. 

The mission is to promote the rights and well-being of day laborers in Colorado through education, job skills, leadership development, united action and advocacy.

Since 2002, over 1,500 workers have accessed El Centro’s programs, including countless employment and self-improvement opportunities that directly benefit low-income laborers, domestic workers, and immigrants. For more information about El Centro click here.

GrowHaus: Discover a greenhouse oasis of organic foods produced through progressive methods: hydroponics and aquaponics; experience the difference GrowHaus has cultivated among the food desert in the Swansea-Elyria community. Click here for the website.

So All May Eat (SAME) Café: SAME Café is guided by the philosophy that “everyone, regardless of economic status, deserves the chance to eat healthy food while being treated with dignity”. Check out they way this organization is making their missions statement a reality.  Click here to learn more about SAME Café.

Workshop 1: (2:00-3:15, Tivoli)
Experiencing Social Action through ART

Collaborate with Social Action Through Art to Relive the social movement era through experiencing how to create your own picket signs and inspire others to express their ideas by making some noise about social injustices that still exist in our society.​

Resources for DACA and ASSET qualified students

Come and learn more about the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and how it can benefit students. The HSF Scholar Chapter from MSU Denver will provide a number of resources for DACA/ASSET students that will help them achieve their academic goals. 

Still Dreaming

Participants will engage in discussions around undocuments students and civil rights.​

Workshop 2: (3:30-4:45, Tivoli)
Identity and Leadership
Students will begin the workshop by making Identity bracelets. The bracelets will be made up of different colored beads to represent a different trait about the student’s personal identity. Through this exercise the group will discuss how our identities contribute to the understanding of our potential leadership skills, in appreciation of diversity in a community.

Know Your Rights
This interactive workshop will engage participants through teatro as a way to collectively learn about, and work through, scenarios that will help participants understand their rights. 

Dinner and Awards
(4:45-5:30, Tivoli 440/540)
During dinner we will present the Auraria Cesar Chavez Peace and Justice Leadership Awards.  We will honor three students (one from each institution), and one outstanding community member and one outstanding community organization that are living the ideals embraced by Cesar Chávez. Senator Joe Salazar will be our keynote speaker. 

Prescreening of the Cesar Chavez Movi
(6:00-7:30, Denver Pavillions Movie Theatre, 500 16th Street)
We will conclude the event with this much-awaited film.  Check out the trailer embedded above.


A special thank you the planning committee for your time and dedication and to the following financial sponsors:

Community College of Denver Student Life

Journey Through our Heritage at MSU Denver

MSU Denver Student Activities

Chicano Studies at MSU Denver

CU Denver Hispanic Student Services

CU Denver President’s Diversity Fund for Development and Support 

University Of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus

Educational Opportunity Programs

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