Contact: Wendel Sloan at 505.562.2253
("Bringing Together Today's and Tomorrow's Leaders")
PORTALES—Severalnationally and regionally prominent Latino leaders will be on thecampus of Eastern New Mexico University in Portales on Friday, Sept.16, when Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc., will present theFirst Annual Latino Leadership Summit. The theme for this year's summitwill be "Bringing Together Today's and Tomorrow's Leaders."
Arenowned human right's activist, civil right's activist, internationalbusinessman and corruption fighter, Agustin "Gus" Garcia will be thekeynote speaker. In addition to being the founder of Lambda Theta PhiLatin Fraternity, Garcia is president of Garcorp International, a firmfounded by him with several divisions: domestic and internationalpublic and governmental relations, private investigations and security,medical security consultants, domestic and international businessdevelopment, as well as consultant of domestic and internationalpolitical campaigns.
He has also served asthe National Co-Chairman of the Democratic Congressional CampaignCommittee's Speaker's Trust, Executive Director/Consultant for theMiami-Dade County Democratic Party, and serves as consultant, directorand management expert to numerous other companies. He is also a Latinmedia expert and presently has on his list of clients the largestLatino-owned radio media in the U. S.
Thiswill be the first year that Lambda Theta Phi will host a leadershipsummit on the Eastern campus. During the event, the fraternity plans ondrawing high school and college students from across the country tocollectively address the issues challenging their communities. Duringthe one-day summit, the fraternity will celebrate the contribution ofseveral prominent Latinos, their diverse culture and heritage, as wellas Dieciséis de Septiembre, the National Day of Independence for manyLatin American countries.
In addition toGarcia, four other highly recognized and powerful speakers will makepresentations. They include Christian Lozano, the Leadership ProgramAssociate for the National Council of La Raza, Center for EmergingLatino Leadership. Ms. Lozano was born in Toluca, Mexico, andimmigrated to the U.S. at the age of five. She grew up in Austin,Texas, and graduated from William B. Travis High School in 1999. Shethen moved to Washington, D.C., to attend Georgetown University, whereshe earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology in 2003;
RoyR. Juarez Jr. is a graduate of Southwest High School, World MissionsBible College, and a full-time student in the Alamo Community CollegeDistrict. He works two jobs to survive, yet still finds time tovolunteer his time to help other youth in the San Antonio area. Juarezhas spoken to over 2,000 students at a White House Initiative inArizona, Parents at the Family Leadership Institute in Houston, Texas,and most recently at his alma mater, Southwest High School, where headdressed the incoming freshmen. According to his bio, he strives tobring hope to the hopeless and vows to help those who feel they battlelife's challenges alone.
The other speakersare Jose Campos, a representative in the New Mexico House ofRepresentatives, and David Briseno, federal programs director for theClovis School district.
Other activitieswill include an elegant lunch with a live performance from a renownedballet folkloric dancers. The summit will also include a culturalpresentation showcasing traditional Latino culture, allowing bothstudents and guests to be educated and entertained. The day will endwith a small-group discussion where students can further discusspressing matters affecting Latinos today, as well as improvingleadership skills that will be beneficial to their own organizations aswell as their own personal development.
For more information, visit the website at www.enmulambdas.com.