July 13, 2001

National Latinas in Girl Scouts Conference Features Michelle Serros As Keynote Speaker

Michelle Serros, the acclaimed author of How to Be a Chicana Role Model and Chicana Falsa and other stories of death, identity and Oxnard, will be a keynote speaker at the upcoming National Latinas in Girl Scouts Conference 2001. The conference is being held at the Embassy Suites, San Diego Bay from July 19-23.

The National Latinas in Girl Scouts Conference 2001 is hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) in partnership with Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council, the local council serving all of San Diego and Imperial Counties. "This is the first time the national organization has held a conference dedicated to the issue of Hispanics in Girl Scouting," said Valerie Romero, Pluralism and Adult Development Consultant for GSUSA. "The National Latinas in Girl Scouts Conference makes a statement of who we are as an organization, and of our goal to truly make Girl Scouting available to every girl, everywhere."

Any middle or high school girl is welcome to attend the five-day event which will provide an opportunity for the girls to learn more about Hispanic art, history, traditions and culture. Adults will also come together from across the country to create partnerships with the Hispanic community and learn ways to serve and reach out to Latina populations through Girl Scouting.

Michelle Serros' presentation on July 20 will include selected readings from her books as well as a creative arts and writing workshop for the girls attending the conference. In addition to being a book author, Michelle has produced a CD of her work, is a frequent commentator on NPR and was selected by the Poetry Society of America and the Getty Research Institute to have her poetry placed on MTA buses throughout Los Angeles County. She is also a featured performer with Great Leap, an organization which uses the arts to cross cultural borders.

Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council is a non-profit organization that gives girls from all walks of life the opportunity to develop to their full potential, to make friends and to become a vital part of their community. With more than 2,500 troops, Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council is the fifth largest Girl Scout Council in the Unites States. The council offers training for leaders, maintains camps and program centers, and provides activities and events for the 33,000 girls and almost 10,000 adults in San Diego and Imperial Counties who are members of Girl Scouts.

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