April 22, 2004
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or mstepanovich@csub.edu
Or Maria Delgado, 661/664-3160 or mdelgado@csub.edu

Theta Sigma Chi, a Latina sorority at California State University, Bakersfield, it will hold its ninth annual Latina Conference on Friday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Icardo Center on the CSUB campus.

More than 200 Latina students from local high schools are expected to attend the annual event, titled “Be Educated, Be Active, Be Beautiful: Bring Out the Latina Within You.” Some of the high schools that will be participating include McFarland, Highland, Delano, Stockdale, Arvin, and West.

“This event's purpose is to promote cultural awareness and encourage young Latin women to continue their education despite the struggle and stereotypes they have endured,” said Maria Delgado, one of the conference’s coordinators. “The students will be subject to inspirational speakers and workshops that will help advance their educational goals, enjoy our culture and be proud of our heritage.”

Conference speakers will be Camila Chavez of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, El Californiano’s Rosario Ortiz and CSUB President Tomás A. Arciniega.

This year's topics include “Cash for College,” “Hispanic Culture and Education,” “Family Values,” and “Self Defense.”

"Our mission is to provide a seed of knowledge,” said Marina Moreno of Theta Sigma Chi. “These young ladies do not stand alone. Most of us women have been in their very shoes and we have triumphed. We want these young ladies to know, 'It can be done, Sí se puede.'"

Keynote speaker will be Kern County Deputy District Attorney Wendy Avila. Avila attended West High School in Bakersfield and earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 1991. She earned her law degree from the University of San Francisco Law School in 1996. In addition to her duties as deputy district attorney, she is a volunteer judge for teen court of Kern County, and is president of Latina Leaders of Kern County.

Theta Sigma Chi was established at CSUB in September 1993. The sorority promotes cultural and educational awareness through unity and sisterhood. The sorority’s goal is to empower Latina women in order to be successful in their chosen career goals and to support young Latinas pursuing their higher education goals.