By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– – Julián Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, Texas, and the first Latino to deliver a keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, will be the headline speaker at the 4th annual Latino Education Advocacy Days summit at Cal State San Bernardino on Wednesday, March 27.
Now in its fourth year, the LEAD summit focuses on educational issues affecting Latinos at the national, regional and local levels, said Enrique Murillo, the executive director and founder of the LEAD project, and a professor of education at Cal State San Bernardino.
The annual conference will be held in the university’s Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“We’re pleased to have Mayor Castro as our headline speaker. He has shown a commitment to education since entering public life,” Murillo said. “His work embodies the ideals that led to the creation of the LEAD summit and the directions and actions that have resulted from the conferences.”
Castro’s participation in the LEAD summit was made possible through a working partnership with the University of Texas at San Antonio, Murillo said.
Castro, 38, will speak during the 4:20 p.m. session on “Educational Alignment: Profiles of Local Innovation.” The session will be introduced by assistant professor Margarita Machado-Casas and moderated by professor Ellen Riojas Clark; both are in the Division of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Castro served on the San Antonio City Council for four years before running for mayor. He campaigned with a focus on education when he took office in 2009 and handily won re-election in 2011, with nearly 82 percent of the vote.
Education has emerged as the community’s top priority, with a key education goal focused on achieving significant increases in kindergarten readiness so that 95 percent of third grade students read at grade level by 2020.
Under his leadership, the city also opened Café College in 2010 as a one-stop center offering high-quality guidance on college admissions, financial aid and standardized test preparation to any student in the San Antonio area. In its first year, Café College served more than 5,000 area students, spurring an expansion of the facility in 2011. To date, more than 21,000 San Antonio area students have benefitted from the services available at Café College.
Throughout his tenure, Castro has focused on attracting well-paying jobs in 21st century industries and raising educational attainment across the spectrum. In 2011, the Milken Institute ranked San Antonio the nation’s top-performing local economy.
The mayor created SA2020, a non-profit community-wide organization designed to bring together thousands of San Antonio residents to achieve the shared goals that will transform San Antonio into a world-class city by the year 2020 in 11 key vision areas. SA2020 acts as a steward, connecting San Antonio citizens to opportunities that contribute to their aspirations for their city.
Castro entered the national spotlight with his highly anticipated keynote speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention last September, making him the first Latino to receive the honor.
Castro and his identical twin brother Joaquín Castro, who is a member of the House of Representatives representing the 20th Congressional District, are the sons of a Chicana activist Rosie Castro.
Julián Castro and his brother are graduates of Stanford University and Harvard Law School. He was featured as one of “Time” magazine’s “40 Under 40” list of future leaders.
The LEAD 2013 summit will be webcast live courtesy of LatinoGraduate.net to nearly 1,500 viewing sites in the United States and in 28 countries, including Mexico, Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, England, Guatemala, Iceland, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain and South Korea.
Some of the sites that will host town hall viewing events include Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, the Center for Leadership Equity and Research / Offices of Lozano Smith in Fresno, Calif., the College of Education at Washington State University-Pullman, Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nev., Angelo State University in Texas, as well as numerous international universities.
To date, the event has attracted more than 160 sponsors and partners, including the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators, New Futuro, Cardenas Markets, KCAA Talk Radio, Time Warner Cable, University of Phoenix, ACT, AVID, University of LaVerne, Antelope Valley Chevrolet, San Bernardino Community College District, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and the California Teachers Association.