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Building leadership is theme of Latino conference

Annual Latino Conference for students continues Friday.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [9-30-11]

Minnesota State University, Mankato’s annual Latino Conference, “El Pueblo Avanza,” will be Thursday, Oct. 6, and Friday, Oct. 14, at the university.

“Latinos: Building a Legacy and Advancing Leadership in Minnesota” is the conference theme. The two-day event is intended to build student leadership and encourage discussion of issues affecting the Latino community, including education, student retention, community organizing, employment, immigration, discrimination and access to resources.

Panels and workshops will lead off the Thursday, Oct. 6, event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Centennial Student Union. That day’s conference will be highlighted with a performance by Cuban fusion musician Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. Tickets to the public concert are available online at or at the box office, (507) 389-5549.

The continued conference on Friday, Oct. 14, will feature workshops from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Jeannette Noltenius, director of the National Latino Tobacco Control Network, and Roberto Dansie, award-winning motivational speaker and clinical psychologist. Dansie will talk about the psychology of success and “The Path of the Artist’s Life.”

Other workshop leaders include:

• Ernesto Velez, community organizer and interim director of Centro Campesino;
• Elia Dimayuga-Bruggeman, assistant commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education;
• Francisco Gonzalez, mediator with the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry, discussing changing immigration patterns and immigration law;
• Jose A. Corpus, coordinator of the Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project;

The conference is sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s Offices of Institutional Diversity and Latino Affairs. Those who want more information may contact Yessica Santana at (507) 389-1719 or, or Sagal Ali at (507) 389-5255 or

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,547 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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