Latino Education and Advocacy Days (LEAD) Video Recordings

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Video recording of the "Latina College Administrators: Triumphs and Challenges ... Leaving a Legacy" panel discussion.


In the United States, not only the overall growth within the Latino population, but especially increased student attendance/presence on campuses of higher education has led to an increased prevalence of social inequities. There is very few Latino representation overall within executive leadership positions in higher education, and more so, the representation of Latina (women) executives at either community colleges or four-year universities is dismal. Of those Latina executives, most serve at community colleges instead of four-year universities. Those Latinas who serve in executive positions have attained a wealth of knowledge through their experiences in leading complex institutions. It is extremely important to learn how Latinas describe their experiences and challenges while providing hope to the students they serve and within their communities. In this session, our panelists will highlight these challenges and opportunities with regional issues at their institutions, in addition to what role race, ethnicity and gender play in our ever-changing educational and political environment.


  • Chair: Diana Z. Rodriguez, President San Bernardino Valley College
  • Panelists: Nohemy Ornelas, Assoc. Superintendent/Vice President, Allan Hancock College, Doctoral Candidate Educational Leadership Program, Fresno State; Dr. Cynthia Olivo, Vice President Student Services, Pasadena Community College; Dr. Rita Cepeda, Chancellor Emeritus, San José/ Evergreen Community College District; Olivia Rosas, Associate Vice President of Student Success and Educational Equity, Student Affairs, and Doctoral Candidate-Cohort 9, Educational Leadership Program, CSUSB