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Event Focuses on Latino Issues

The challenges facing Latino students were the focus of ECU’s first conference on Latino issues.

The conference, “Building Leadership for Latino Access to Education,” was held Oct. 24, drawing experts in the field, as well as leaders in the eastern North Carolina Latino community.

“The conference is designed to address critical educational issues that have far reaching implications for the future of Latino students and families,” said David Conde, ECU senior associate vice chancellor for special initiatives. “It offers an opportunity to share in a dialogue with community and educational leaders representing the North Carolina population.”

Keynote speaker, Antonio Esquibel, professor emeritus and board of trustees member at Metropolitan State College of Denver, opened the conference with, “Latino Education a National Imperative: Latino Students at the College Door.”

Esquibel received a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of New Mexico and has received numerous awards for leadership and voluntary service, including the César Chávez Award for Outstanding Leadership in 2004.

Following the keynote address, ECU faculty and outside experts led discussions on the Latino student experience, the path to college, migrant education, parent participation, community engagement and access to healthcare.

Donald R. Spell, vice president of Student Development Services at Pitt Community College, spoke on the topic of “Economics, Education and the Law: But Really, Who is Gonna Build your Walls?”

This page originally appeared in the Nov. 3, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at