|March 25, 2005
Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or
Or Irma Guevara, Theta Sigma Chi member and Latina Conference Director, (661) 910-2644
The 10th annual Latina Conference at California State University, Bakersfield, hosted by Theta Sigma Chi Latina sorority, is scheduled Friday, April 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Doré Theater on campus.
More than 300 Latina students from local high schools will be attending the annual event titled, “Latinas: Feel the Power of our Voices.” High schools participating include Shafter, Highland, Delano, Stockdale, Arvin and Liberty.
“This event's purpose is to promote cultural awareness and encourage young Latin women to continue their educational goals despite the struggle and stereotypes they have endured,” said María E. Delgado, campus advisor and founding mother of Theta Sigma Chi. The students will be introduced to inspiring speakers and practical workshops that will help advance their educational goals, enjoy their cultural identity and make them aware of their developmental needs and services available to them on and off their campus community, she added.
This year's workshop topics include Cash for College, Latina to Latina, Building Blocks for Professionalism, Dress for Success, a trade show and many other useful tools for each participants’ success.
"With community support Theta Sigma Chi hopes to instill educational values and cultural awareness for all of those attending our 10th annual Latina Youth Conference,” Delgado said.
Theta Sigma Chi, a Latina Sorority at CSUB, was established in September 1993. The sorority promotes cultural and educational awareness through unity and sisterhood. Its goal is to empower Latina women in order to be successful in their chosen career goals and to promote the support to the young Latinas pursuing their higher education goals.