Keeping the Dream Alive: Advising the Immigrant Student to College
Friday, October 18, 2013
Hosted by the University of Denver
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2013 Planning Committee
- Adrienne Martinez, Ast Director, Student Access and Success Programs, Center for Multicultural Excellence, DU
- Andrew LaCrue, Community Engagement Coordinator, College Summit
- Antoinette Salazar, Esq., volunteer, Salazar & Associates
- Blanca Trejo, Community Organizer, Together Colorado
- Brenda Velasquez, volunteer, University of Denver
- Carla Castillo, Higher Education Advocate
- Chiara Subhas, Community Partner Coordinator, Goodwill Industries of Denver
- Cynthia Armendariz, Director of Excel Programs, Metropolitan State University of Denver
- Cynthia Rodriguez, student, University of Denver
- Ilse Lira, President, Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, Inc.
- Jan Downing, School Counselor, Bruce Randolph School
- Janeth Niebla, Vice President of Community Relations, Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, Inc.
- Jennah Kitchell, Student Services Officer, Colorado Department of Higher Education
- Jesse Ramirez, Program Manager, College Summit
- Johanna Leyba, Assistant Provost for Campus and Community Partnerships, Center for Multicultural Excellence, DU
- Leticia Trevino, College Advisor at Bruce Randolph School, Denver Scholarship Foundation
- Linda Quintanar, Executive Director, Volunteers in Partnership at DU
- Maria Elena Rivera, Director of Outreach and Access, College In Colorado
- Monica Rosenbluth, volunteer,
- Nancy Hernandez, Manager, Denver Outreach Programs, Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Oscar Baez, volunteer, University of Denver
- Salvador Ramirez, President and Student, Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Inc. at DU
- Samantha Haviland, volunteer
- Valerie Villarruel, Admission Counselor, Metropolitan State University of Denver
- Whitney Allen, volunteer, student advocate
2013 Partner Organizations
Bruce Randolph School (BRS): BRS is a grades 6-12 middle and high school in Denver Public Schools with an enrollment of approximately 900 students. Located in northeast Denver, BRS is led by dedicated administrators and faculty and serves its community with the core values of inclusion, high standards, responsibility, communication and leadership.
College In Colorado was initiated by the state Department of Higher Education, which serves the citizens of the state of Colorado by promoting access to, affordability of, and success in higher education for all students. College In Colorado is charged with helping all Coloradans explore career and education pathways, break down barriers to postsecondary attainment, and create a plan for their postsecondary and workforce success. A cornerstone of the campaign, www.CollegeInColorado.org, offers a one-stop resource to help students and parents plan, apply and pay for college.
College Summit (CS): Founded 18 years ago in a low-income housing development by Denver East High School alumnus JB Schramm, College Summit has grown to serve 50,000 students annually in 170 high schools in 12 states. CS partners with high schools to build capacity and increase college enrollment and success rates. Today, CS has partnerships with 9 Colorado high schools and is looking to expand to continue transforming young lives.
Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF): Founded in 2006, DSF is a college access and success organization with a mission to inspire and empower Denver Public School graduates to enroll in and graduate from college. In collaboration with DPS, DSF has helped to increase the number of graduates who enroll in college by 30 percent since 2007. In that span, DSF has paid $13.3 million in scholarships to 2,683 students. To date, 81% of those students have completed their degree program or remain enrolled in college today.
Higher Education Access Alliance (HEAA): HEAA is a statewide coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to promoting affordable access to higher education for all Colorado high school graduates. HEAA is managed by 6 non-profit organizations that comprise the Steering Committee: The Colorado Catholic Conference, Colorado Education Association, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Latin American Educational Foundation, Together Colorado and Padres y Jóvenes Unidos.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund: Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to Latino students, as well as related support services. HSF seeks to give students all the tools they need to apply to college, do well in their course work, graduate, enter a profession, excel, help lead our nation going forward, and mentor the generations to come. As the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic-American higher education, HSF has awarded over $400 million in scholarships and provides a range of ancillary programs for candidates, scholars, and their families. HSF further strives to make college education a top priority for every Latino family across the nation and to mobilize our community to proactively advance that goal – each individual, over a lifetime, in every way he/she can.
Metropolitan State University of Denver: Colorado’s best value in high-quality higher education. Dedicated faculty, small classes and a wide range of programs and opportunities—plus low tuition—combine to make Metropolitan State University of Denver Colorado’s best educational value. MSU Denver is Colorado’s urban land grant university, offering individualized, relevant bachelor’s and select master’s degrees to more undergraduate Coloradans than any other school in the state. MSU Denver has achieved preferred-university status through its commitment to Colorado students and its long-standing community partnerships.
Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority, Inc.: Dedicated to creating a strong sisterhood and an educational support network for women on college campuses. Pi Lambda Chi seeks to preserve Latina/o culture and history, as well as promote education and community service in the Latina/o communities surrounding their campuses.
Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity, Inc., University of Denver chapter: A national, Latino-based fraternity that was established at the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2005. The fraternity’s mission is to promote opportunities to enhance cultural wisdom through community service, social events, diverse programs, and help contribute to the overall success of Latinos in Higher Education. Founded at the University of Iowa in 1986, the organization has 128 entities consisting of chapters and alumni associations across the country.
Together Colorado (formerly Metro Organizations for People) was founded in 1979 with the mission of empowering people to strengthen and transform their communities through community organizing. The process begins locally with member churches, schools, youth and neighborhood associations. Through the Education Committee, parents and student leaders have been working toward quality education for all students since 2004. Our shared theology compels us to love, care for, and seek justice for the stranger among us. As people of various faith traditions, we accept that people of all nations are made in His image and deserve to be treated with dignity regardless of immigration status.
University of Denver: Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is one of the country's premier private universities and home to more than 11,000 students. The University offers more than 170 undergraduate programs of study and more than 120 graduate and professional programs. The University of Denver is committed to improving the human condition and engaging students and faculty in tackling the major issues of our day. The University ranks among the top 100 national universities in the U.S. For additional information, subscribe to The University of Denver Newsfeed or follow the University on Facebook and Twitter.