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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 20, 2003

Latino Youth Summit Scheduled

About 150 Latino students from across Iowa are expected to attend a conference at the University of Iowa on Friday, Oct. 31 to learn more about higher education and career possibilities.

Sponsored by the UI's Opportunity at Iowa program, the Youth Development Summit is part of the statewide "Strengthening and Valuing Latino Communities in Iowa" conference being held the same weekend at UI. The high school participants will be joined by UI students, faculty, and staff, as well as community activists who are volunteering their time to do workshops and interact with the students. The summit will be held in the Richey Ballroom in the Iowa Memorial Union. Admission is free.

"The Youth Summit is a great way for the University of Iowa to reach out to Latino high school students and encourage them to consider higher education in their future," said Adele Lozano, multicultural coordinator for Opportunity at Iowa.

She said the purpose of the youth summit is to provide junior and senior high school students with information about college; encourage academic achievement in high school; provide opportunities to interact with current students, faculty and staff; and promote interactive dialogue regarding current issues affecting Latino youth.

Among scheduled events are "Getting Geared Up: College Applications and Financial Aid," "Exploring Engineering," and "Positive Latina Images vs. Negative Media Stereotypes."

This year's keynote address will be given by author Victor Villasenor, a California resident who grew up in Mexico and writes about the plight of Mexican-American families. His two most noted books are Rain of Gold and Macho!

The day will end with a performance by Danza Azteca Ozomatli, an Aztec dance troupe from Taos, N.M.

The event is co-sponsored by the UI Support Service Programs and the Office of Student Life. For more information contact Adele Lozano at 335-0591.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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