Latino Forum

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Penn State Berks is hosting students from local area high schools to participate in the fifth annual Latino Forum from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium. This event is open to students from all Berks County high schools, as well as to members of Centro Hispano Daniel Torres, Inc.

This year’s theme is “Success Stories in our Community” and the event will feature Latino professionals from several different fields. The day will begin with a welcome address by Chancellor R. Keith Hillkirk and Paul Esqueda, senior associate dean of academic affairs, followed by the keynote address by Ricardo Skerrett, an attorney practicing immigration law since 2001. Skerrett earned his Bachelor of Arts in Government and Law from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and his juris doctor from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law. He is a regular guest on "Accion Hispana" which airs on Univision.

After the keynote, students will participate in breakout sessions with Waldo Alvarado, Reading School District’s equity and diversity director, and Raquel Yeingst, vice chair of the PA Human Relations Commission. Then the students will break for lunch and finally there will be a concluding discussion.     

For more information, contact Belén Rodriguez-Mourelo, division head for Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, at 610-396-6171 or via email at