May 12, 2000

Latino Recruitment is Critical Issue at UCR Conference May 20

Latinos from all over California will gather at the University of California, Riverside from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20, for the second in a series of conversations about the crisis situation Latinos are facing in education.

"Latino Conference: The Development of a Master Plan on Education Reform," will take place in the UCR Commons. It is a sequel to a Feb. 19 conference that drew 300 people to University Heights Middle School.

"At the February conference, we saw the deplorable status of Chicanos/Latinos in higher education," said Armando Navarro, chairman of the UCR Department of Ethnic Studies and conference organizer. "We are becoming the majority, yet our students our graduating at lower and lower rates. We are truly in need of a comprehensive reformation of California's educational system."

He said the summit is a working conference, which has as its paramount objective the development of a statewide master plan. "I expect this to be the first of several meetings leading up to a regional or national conference."

The Department of Ethnic Studies, the Ernesto Galarza Public Policy and Humanities Research Bureau, Chicano Student Programs and UCR MEChA are co-sponsors of the conference, designed to include a cross section of the Latino community-academics, administrators, staff, teachers, politicians, students, activists, business leaders and labor representatives.

Cost is $20, or $10 for students, which includes continental breakfast, lunch and conference materials. The deadline for registration is May 15. Information is available 787-4577, ext. 1821 or 1822.

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