Penn State Berks holds Latino Forum for high school students

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Penn State Berks is hosting 50 juniors and seniors from local area high schools to participate in the first annual Latino Forum: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16.

The day will begin with a welcome address by Chancellor R. Keith Hillkirk and Blaine Steensland, senior director of student affairs and enrollment management, followed by a presentation by Paul Esqueda, senior associate dean of academic affairs, on identity and leadership, the two main themes of the forum.

The morning sessions will include two discussions. At 10 a.m., a discussion titled “What Does it Mean to be Hispanic/Latino? Questions of Identity” will be led by Penn State Berks faculty and staff, including Rosario Torres, Edwin Murillo, Maria Tinoco, Sterling Garcia and students from the Latino Unity Club. A second discussion titled “Leadership in the Hispanic Community” will be held at 11 a.m., led by Belen Rodriquez-Mourelo, Lorena Tribe, Guadelupe Kasper and students from the Latino Unity Club.

After lunch in the Lion’s Den, students will be invited to the annual Penn State Berks Festival de Cine, featuring a documentary on Hispanic/Latinos experience in America, followed by a discussion led by Kirwin Shaffer, Rosario Torres, Elizabeth Wiggins-Lopez and students from the Latino Unity Club.

Students from Governor Mifflin, Muhlenberg, Reading, Wilson and Wyomissing School Districts will participate in the Latino Forum.

For more information, contact Belen Rodriquez-Mourelo, at 610-396-6171 or via email at

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Dr. Belen Rodriquez-Mourelo, Associate Professor of Spanish and Division Head of HASS

Last Updated September 06, 2013