Latino Education and Advocacy Days (LEAD) Video Recordings

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Video recording of the "Educational Leadership and the State of Latino Education: Students Q&A Session."


The theme for the 2012 LEAD Summit “Sustaining, Replicating, and Bringing Up-to-Scale those Programs that Work for Latino Youth” was of particular importance because the Latino population was large, growing, and relatively young, but had lower educational achievement than other groups in the nation.

It was particularly imperative to identify and catalogue those programs across the U.S. that showed evidence of increasing the access, opportunity, and achievement gaps for Latino students.

This session featured an opening keynote by Dr. Eduardo M. Ochoa, then Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, followed up with a youth panel comprised of LEAD Education Projects students.

President Barack Obama named Eduardo M. Ochoa assistant secretary for postsecondary education in 2010, where he served as the secretary's chief advisor on higher-education issues and administered more than 60 programs, totaling nearly $3 billion annually, that are designed to provide financial assistance to eligible students enrolled in postsecondary institutions.

ED's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) supports higher education facilities and programs through financial support to eligible institutions, recruits and prepares disadvantaged students for successful completion of college, promotes the study of foreign languages and international affairs, and supports international educational research and exchange activities. Notable among its programs are the eight TRIO programs, institutional development programs for minority institutions, teacher development programs, and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. OPE runs the well-known Byrd, Fulbright, Javits and McNair programs and certifies all regional and national accreditation agencies, so they, in turn, may qualify institutions to receive federal financial aid and Pell grants.


  • Introduction / Moderator: Edwin Gomez, Administrative Director of Elementary Instruction at San Bernardino City Unified School District, and Doctoral Candidate, Educational Leadership Program, CSUSB
  • Featured Speaker: Dr. Eduardo Ochoa, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education
  • Student Panelists: Karlo Ludwig, CSUSB Student, Managing Editor, LEAD Education Projects; Maritza Morales, CSUSB Student, Information and Resource Manager, LEAD Education Projects; Christian Diaz, CSUSB Student, Assistant to the Director, LEAD Education Projects; Maria Riesta, CSUSB Student, Socal Media & Communications Analyst, LEAD Education Projects
  • Red Carpet Hosts: Maribel Aragon and Aaron Sanchez