Highline College holding inaugural Latino Summit Feb. 10-11

Highline College will host its first Latino Summit from Feb. 10–11, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The two-day summit will bring together students from Highline College and local high schools, as well as members of the community to participate in sessions that address the challenges that Latino students face in the education system.

“This summit will allow the Latino community to come together to celebrate, learn and connect,” said Elizabeth Rangel, co-chair of the Latino Summit. “It brings a sense of Latino culture, pride and future to the college, and the visibility that knowledge and education are important to all of us.”

The summit will include workshops, speakers and panels designed to provide Latino students with the tools they need for success in higher education and beyond. Guest speakers, which include educators and graduates from Highline College, will share both their professional and personal experiences with attendees.

“The summit shares Latino struggles and success, in our own space, to further develop our personal growth and development,” said Cesar Rangel, who is the other organizer of the summit and also serves as the Advisor and Retention Coordinator for the Latino Center for Higher Education at Highline.

The summit is an extension of Highline’s commitment to diversity, social justice and multiculturalism for which the college has earned several awards and recognition, including the 2014 Advancing Diversity Award of Excellence from the American Association of Community Colleges. Highline serves the most diverse community in the state, which is mirrored in its student population that includes approximately 70% students of color, 20% of whom are Hispanic/Latino.

Admission to the summit is free, and no reservation is required. For questions or more information, contact Elizabeth Rangel at [email protected], or visit highline.edu.

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