Global LEAD Conference at the University of Texas, San Antonio
On March 26th, Sandra Telles, Program Representative, and Fatima Guardado, Program Assistant, traveled to the University of Texas, San Antonio (UTSA) to attend the Global Latino Education Advocacy days (LEAD) Summit.
The purpose of LEAD is to bring attention and discussion to critical issues revolving around Latino Education at a world wide level. The summit aims to establish partnership in Global Educational Research in order to make a collective commitment to identify and investigate relevant educational issues, make joint decisions to develop innovative models that will lead to improving student achievement, social, and behavioral development, and lastly to build an international alliance between researchers and participants in the planning, implementation, and dissemination of the research process, findings, and sustainability of future research projects.
At the conference, Sandra Telles was part of the STEM and international collaborations panel presenting our current collaboration with Villavicencio, Colombia and the adaptation of the project.
For more information on the conference, please visit their website here.
Seminario Internacional de Innovacion Educativa at Villavicencio, Colombia
You can read more information on the conference here.
UC Links 2015 at UC Berkeley - La Clase Mágica
Each year UC Links' programs gather for two days to discuss new findings and project development. This year professors, undergraduates, and community partners went over the topic of "sustainability." Our very own Dr. Vásquez and Sandra Telles presented on the history of the project and how LCM has grown and developed over the past 25 years. You can view our presentation here.
Also joining us at the conference was Fatima Guardado and Stephanie Lam. Read what their experience was like below.
Stephanie Lam, LCM Intern, says,
"Attending the UC links Conference this year was an amazing and powerful experience. I have attended the conference for the past three years and have seen how our family has evolved. This year especially has been the most inspiring and enlightening experience after hearing all the scholars share their struggles within the institutions and finding solutions to overcome them. We might all be from different areas, but we have very similar struggles in our institution. This gave me immense hope and inspiration to continue being involved in the research and community. Hopefully one day I can contribute more to our community through research and sharing it with like minds."
Fatima Guardado, LCM Program Assistant, says,
"After attending other conferences, I've come to the conclusion that nothing compares or even comes close to the UC Links family. The scholars, community partners, and undergraduates are all so passionate about what they do, it amazes me and leaves me speechless. This was the second year I attended the conference, and it was amazing seeing how various projects throughout California, and even international projects, have evolved. Being able to present was a motivating experience because I was able to share how I’ve developed as an undergraduate researcher, student, and leader of the Fellows Program. It felt amazing to share my accomplishments with such kind hearted, supportive, and motivating souls that believe in me. Leaving the conference is always bittersweet, but I leave inspired and hopeful that as a passionate and powerful community, we will all contribute to bettering the education system through different modalities and with big hearts."
UC Links 2015 at UC Berkeley - Mi Clase Mágica
“Every year I've gone to the conference, I feel I gain a better grasp of the message of the speakers and of the UC Links community as a whole. As I develop as a researcher, educator, student, etc. I look at the conference in a different lens each year which helps to tell me that I am growing as an individual as well. One of the things I enjoy the most as well is hearing the experiences of the UGs and listen to how they are making sense of it and what messages are staying with them the most. This was my first year presenting and I really enjoyed it. I got to present on the growth of the project, which I take great pride in and to be given the stage to share that with the entire community was pretty great.”
Juan Gaytan is Mi Clase Mágica’s Coordinator and works closely with Dr. Alison Wishard-Guerra. Juan is currently finishing his master’s degree in Family Counseling at SDSU. For more information on Mi Clase Mágica please visit there website by clicking here.