On Saturday, October 13, I’ll be participating in this year’s Annual Puente Student Leadership Conference taking place at Saint Mary’s College, where I’ll be facilitating two back-to-back writing workshops titled “Power of Voice.” I’m hoping to sneak into Gary Soto’s keynote address and greatly looking forward to working with ambitious students who have already set themselves as leaders in their communities.
Puente Project is partnering with SMC undergraduate admissions and the Saint Mary’s College Intercultural Center to co-host a conference for over 500 Puente Project students from the San Francisco Bay area. A University of California program, Puente Project is a college preparatory program that serves low income, youth of color who are the first in their families to attend college. Puente is open to all students, with about 90 percent of our students being Latino descent. The purpose of this conference is to expose Puente students to a new college campus and to begin their exposure to leadership, college preparation, and identity development as a college going student.
Breakfast: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Welcome 9:30 am
Keynote Speaker: Gary Soto, Author and Playwright: 9:50 am -10:30 am
First Workshop Session: 10:45 am – 11:35 am
Second Workshop Session with new student group: 11:45am- 12:35 pm
Students back to Soda Center for closing program: 1:30 pm
Students Dismissed: 3:15 pm