Latino Education and Advocacy Days (LEAD) Video Recordings

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Video recording of the “Creating the Future: Student LEADers in Action" forum.


Many times as educators and policymakers we fail to survey the opinions of some of our most important stakeholders - - the students themselves!

This panel brings together community college students from throughout the state of California who were participants of the Puente Project. These particular students also participated in the University of California-Riverside/Puente Leadership Conference, which is a 10-day residential program designed to help each student explore their own individuality while affirming their cultural capital and diverse political views.

As a result, many of these students have become active leaders in their communities and campuses. They have organized marches, held positions of leadership, created conferences, and even spoken with legislators at the California State Capitol. They have also created a statewide network of peers to not only support each other's educational journeys, but also to share ideas and resources on various topics of advocacy. They are here today to share their views and ideas on areas such as educational equity, budgets cuts, and immigration.


  • Introduction: Ricardo Vargas, Assistant Director of Recruitment & Evaluations, Undergraduate Admissions, University of California, Riverside
  • Panelists: Cindy Quiralte, student, Fresno City College; Jose-Luis Mejia, student, City College of San Francisco; Karla Gomez-Pelayo, student, Napa Valley College; Alberto Carranza, student, Mt. San Jacinto College
  • Moderator: Cathy Martinez, CC Training Coordinator - Mentoring, Puente Project/UC Office of the President
  • Red Carpet Hosts: Maribel Aragon and Aaron Sanchez