Brief Introduction to the Conference’s Background information March 8, 2013
Western Oregon University, Monmouth OR
Students, volunteers, school staff, and community members will have an opportunity to attend educational, cultural and leadership workshops; visit with college and career exhibitors, and celebrate the accomplishments of the Latino community. Additional highlights of the conference include the student Art, Essay, and Poetry contests and our annual scholarship program.
Firm believers in the talents and abilities of our young people, the conference planning committee implemented an art, essay and a poetry competition. Students are asked to share their views on the life of César E. Chávez. On the back of our conference t-shirt is the 2012 winning art entry. All the student participants should be commended for their efforts.
Our scholarship program has been an important part of our conference since the very beginning. We are proud to say that we’ve awarded over $400,000 to deserving Latino high school graduates. The support of our sponsors allows us to continue rewarding the achievements of our Latino youth.
On behalf of our planning committee, welcome and we hope you enjoy the 23nd Annual César E. Chávez Latino Student Leadership Conference. History provided On CECLC website
The César E. Chávez Leadership Conference (CECLC) began 22 years ago as a gathering of Hispanic high school students from the Portland Public Schools. The first event took place in early February. On the day before the conference, a snow storm hit the Portland metropolitan area which resulted in the closing of the schools and the cancellation of bus transportation. By mid morning of the day of the event, 125 determined students found their way to the conference site. They were not to be deterred. Prior to the transition of its current stature, the CECLC was part of a larger Latino advocacy group known as Hispanics in Unity for Oregon (HIUFO). Today, the CECLC is the...
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