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Conference to address issues in higher education for Latinas (Released: 2/15/96)

by Luis Mocete, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- A one-day conference on Hispanic women in higher education will be held March 1 in the University of Connecticut's Student Union.

With the small number of Latinas in higher education, we must address the issues that they face when attempting to enter the higher education profession," said Elizabeth Mejia, associate director of the UConn Women s Center.

Workshops include:

  • Latinas as Agents of Change featuring Patricia Arredondo, president of Empowerment Workshops, whose session will discuss the cultural values transmitted by women throughout history.
  • Latinas in Science: Strategies for Success with Carmen Cid, a plant ecology professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, and Maria Masterson, a research chemist at Loctite Corp. in Rocky Hill. They will discuss their career experiences along with strategies that can be used to encourage Latinas to seek and retain science careers.
  • Politics of Gender Equity and Education will focus on the impact of recent state and federal educational initiatives on gender equity.
  • Fostering Aspirations Among Latina Youth will discuss the removal of obstacles to sustain enthusiasm and commitment to further education.
  • Teaching From the Margins will touch on the importance of including Latin history and culture in the classroom.
  • Strategy Building Processes for Latinas in Academia will provide an overview of the obstacles in higher education.

Along with the workshops throughout the day there will be two keynote speakers, Edna Acosta-Belen, director of the Center for Latino, Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the State University of New York at Albany, and Irene Blea, chair of the department of Chicano Studies at California State University in Los Angeles.

There is a $65 fee for all participants. Full-time students can attend free, except lunch, which costs $10. For more information, call 486-4738.

The workshop is sponsored by the Institute of Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, the Latina Women s Group, the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center, the President s Office, the Women s Center and the Women s Studies Program.

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