Hispanic Leadership Institute director to speak

University Park, Pa. — Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. president and executive director of the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute, is the keynote speaker for Penn State's Hispanic Heritage Month 2008 at 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Paul Robeson Center Heritage Hall.

The event starts with dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the keynote speaker and a dance. Tickets are available for the dinner but the speech and dance are free to the public.

Under Andrade's direction, the Institute has trained 200,000 present & future leaders, registered 2 million new voters, published 425 studies on Hispanic demographics, and sponsors the largest Latino leadership conference in the nation. Andrade is a recipient of a Presidential Medal, presented to him by President Bill Clinton for "the performance of exemplary deeds of service for the nation." 

He was a political commentator on ABC-7 television for six years in Chicago and WGN radio, and a weekly columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, the only Latino commentator in the nation appearing on English language radio and television and the only national leader featured in a major publication as a regular weekly columnist.

Tickets are $15 each for Penn State students with ID; $25 for non-students; $10 for children ages 6-11. Tickets will be on sale at HUB’s ground floor information tables from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 1-2 and 9-10, and at the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) office, 308 Grange, (814) 863-9440.  Dinner tickets will NOT be sold at the door.

For questions or a table reservation, contact Melissa Landrau-Rodriguez at mxl256@psu.edu or at the CAMP Office at (814) 863-9440.

Other Hispanic Heritage Month 2008 activities include a Latino festival, 1 to 4 p.m., Central Parklet, Fraser Street, downtown State College, works by Penn State Hispanic and Latina/o Faculty, now until Oct. 15 in the George and Sherry Middlemas’ Arts & Humanities Library, 2nd Floor, Pattee Library.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2008 is co-sponsored by the planning committee, the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, The College of Agricultural Sciences, and the College Assistance Migrant Program.
 

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Last Updated March 19, 2009