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2022 Latino Role Models Virtual Conference

March 12, 2022 @ 9:00 am 12:30 pm

The Latino Role Models Conference is a free conference is designed to inspire students in grades 6 through college to achieve their dreams for college and career.  Presentations center the experiences of Latino professionals, students, parents and community leaders who share the barriers they have overcome and strategies to persevere.  This conference will be conducted in Spanish with English translation. Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to participate. The conference includes presentations that provide parents with information about post secondary options and strategies for supporting their students.

Featured presenters will include:

  • Dolores Huerta, keynote speaker
  • Dr. Violeta Barroso, family physician with Kaiser Permanente
  • Francisco “Paco” Estrada, Co-Executive Director, FoodWhat?!; former Watsonville Mayor and City Council Member
  • Alex Santana, Video Production Manager at Digital Nest
  • Kristen Silva, software engineer with Intuit
  • Erandi Garcia, formerly of Telemundo will moderate the conference


The Latino Role Models Conference was created by Senderos in 2010 and is now presented in collaboration with: Cabrillo College; Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County; Consulado General de México en San José; Greater Opportunities for Adult Learning (GOAL); Kaiser Permanente; Live Oak School District, Pajaro Valley Unified School District; San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District; Santa Cruz City Schools; Santa Cruz County Office of Education; Santa Cruz County College Commitment; Senderos; Soquel Union Elementary School District; UC Santa Cruz. The event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Social Transformation.

Dolores Huerta

Keynote speaker

Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist and community organizer. She has worked for labor rights and social justice for over 60 years. In 1962, she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers labor union. She served as Vice President and played a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments for four decades. In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation $100,000 prize for Creative Citizenship which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). DHF is connecting groundbreaking community-based organizing to state and national movements to register and educate voters; advocate for education reform; bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community; and create strong leadership development. She has received numerous awards: among them The Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award from President Clinton in 1998. In 2012 President Obama bestowed Dolores with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.