By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Two longtime leaders, role models and champions for education in the Latino community are this year’s honorary co-chairs for the Latino Education and Advocacy Days Summit X, which will take place on Thursday, March 28, at Cal State San Bernardino.
In keeping with the theme, “¡Su Voto Es Su Voz!” Everyone Counts, Concepción “Concha” Rivera is the madrina de honor and José Angel Gutiérrez is the padrino de honor.
Each year the summit, which is open to the public and free to attend, brings together teaching professionals and educators, researchers, academics, scholars, administrators, independent writers and artists, policy and program specialists, students, parents, civic leaders, activists and advocates – all sharing a common interest and commitment to education issues that impact Latinos to help them define the future.
Registration, which is free and open until March 20, may be done online at the LEAD Summit X website at leadsummit.csusb.edu. LEAD Summit X will take place from 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m. at the university’s Santos Manuel Student Union.
Rivera, selected as the 2019 Woman of the Year by Assemblymember Jose Media, D-Riverside, has been active in the community for many years. The wife of the late Tomás Rivera, a Chicano author and educator who served as chancellor of UC Riverside from 1979-84, the first Latino to hold the post in the University of California system, Concha Rivera served as acting director of the California Museum of Photography, shepherding its move from UCR to downtown Riverside, and served for 12 years as its director of development.
She has served in numerous boards, such as the Riverside Art Museum, The Riverside Community Foundation, is the founder of the Tomás Rivera conference, and the founder of Primavera in the Gardens at UCR. Rivera, who emigrated to the United States from Mexico at the age of 20 with her family, holds degrees in interior design as well as AA degrees in business and fundraising from Loyola University.
Gutiérrez, recently named the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Hispanic Hero Award, stands out as one of the most important and influential leaders of the Chicano movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s, along with Cesar Chavez, Reies López Tijerina and Corky Gonzales. He was a founding member of the Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO) in 1967, one of the first student activist groups of the Chicano movement. He also was a founding member and past president of the political third-party La Raza Unida Party, which challenged the Democratic and Republican parties to court overlooked Mexican-American and Latino voters.
He has been the subject of many articles and film documentaries, including the PBS video series, “CHICANO! The Mexican American Struggle for Civil Rights,” and is mentioned in many Chicano history and political science books. He was also featured as an “Innovator” in the PBS documentary series “School: The Story of American Public Education.” More recently, Gutiérrez was featured in a segment of “Prejudice and Pride: the Chicano Movement,” which was part of the PBS series, “Latino Americans.”
The summit, which averages 1,300 attendees annually – plus thousands more online via Town Hall viewing sites around the world – will feature panel discussions on topics that include voter registration, civic engagement and the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census. The summit is the highlight of LEAD Week, which runs March 25-30.
The impact of the LEAD Summit has been broad over its 10 years. The California Assembly, since 2010, has declared the last week of March every year as a statewide week of advocacy for Latino education. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus, California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Latino Legislative Caucus, in letters to LEAD, have also lent their support by encouraging participation in the summit.
LEAD Week 2019 programs include:
- IE Ethnic Studies II, Tuesday, March 26, in the Fourplex meeting rooms at the Cal State San Bernardino Santos Manuel Student Union;
- Puente Student Leadership Forum IV, Wednesday, March 27, at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Bernardino; and the
- Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Breakfast VIII, 8 a.m. Saturday, March 30, CSUSB Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center.
LEAD serves as a primary site for a set of innovative and productive programs, publications and events for Latinos and education. These projects involve significant participation of faculty, students and administrators, as well as partnerships in the region and nationally.
The projects also create strong interactive connections with Latino networks in the U.S., as well as Latin Americans and Indigenous Peoples throughout the Americas and the world, many whom are already in contact with LEAD personnel and the university.