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Students Attend Leadership Conference in DC

June 26, 2013

Maricopa Community College students attended the Voto Latino Power Summit in Washington, DC, in April. The 10 students, who were selected to attend the conference by their college’s Hispanic student clubs, were accompanied by the executive director of RCI, Ofelia Cañez. The Power Summit is a leadership conference designed to educate, empower and engage American youth to create positive change in their communities.

Event attendees participated in a variety of panels focusing on marketing, leadership and activism. Cañez was a featured panelist, teaching the participants about the importance of message delivery and how to present an effective speech. Attendees also received advocacy training, which focused on immigration reform, and learned about community organizing and voter mobilization strategies.

The MCCCD students also gained experience working with elected officials, meeting with the staff of Arizona Senator Jeff Flake. They also heard from actors and immigration reform activists including America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderama, and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta.

Alberto Olivas, director of the MCCCD Center for Civic Participation, said, “We feel that a complete education includes learning about processes that drive community change and public policy, and what role individuals can play in advocating for themselves and their communities.”

The trip was funded by the MCCCD Public Affairs Division to promote civic responsibility among students.

The 2ndAnnual Voto Latino Power Summit drew over 200 participants from 15 states.