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CSUB to hold Hispanic Youth Conference
  March 16, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,

California State University, Bakersfield's Latina sorority Theta Sigma Chi, in collaboration with the Kern High School District, will host the Annual Hispanic Youth Conference on Friday, March 24, in the Doré Theatre from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The conference, "Hispanics: The Emerging Society," serves as a platform to discuss current issues affecting the Hispanic population and assist the students in setting personal and educational goals.

More than 20 Kern County high schools are invited and over 500 Hispanic students are expected to attend. On site admission will be offered by CSUB to the high school seniors interested in being admitted for the fall quarter.

Students will be presented with speakers and workshops that will help advance their educational goals and enjoy their cultural values and heritage. Speakers include CSUB President Horace Mitchell, Shelley Ruelas, CSUB vice president for student affairs, Irma Cervantes, Univision, and Adriana Salinas, Kern County Family Courts mediator.

This year's workshop topics include teen pregnancy and health, career opportunities, media, and occupational topics.

Each attendee will be given a bag, which contains the event's program, information on education, careers, and other contemporary issues. As students break for lunch, they will have the opportunity to peruse various campus and community information booths while being entertained by Radio Campesina 92.5 KMYX-FM.

Theta Sigma Chi is a not-for-profit organization that was established September 1993 on the CSUB campus. Their mission is to promote unity, empower Latinas in higher education, assist in community service, and to continue encouraging cultural and social awareness.

For additional conference details or information regarding Theta Sigma Chi, please call Elena Avina, Hispanic Youth Conference director, at (661) 706-9969 or María Delgado, Theta Sigma Chi advisor, at (661) 654-3160.