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Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education
26th Professional and Student Development Conference
Latino Resistance in Higher Education: A Legacy of Struggle
April 19-20, 2018
Illinois State University, Normal, IL


Thursday, April 19, 2018
4:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.                 Special Film Presentation: Dolores Normal Theater 
     Followed by Q&A

Friday, April 20, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast           Ballroom

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Welcome/Bienvenidos Ballroom

Susana Das Neves, M.S., Ed.S., ILACHE Conference Co-Chair
Maria Luisa Zamudio, Ph.D., ILACHE Conference Co-chair
Daniel López, Jr., Ph.D., Board President, ILACHE
Larry H. Dietz, Ph.D., President, Illinois State University
Chris Koos, Mayor, Town of Normal


10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Morning Plenary: Status of Latinos in Illinois Higher Education
Daniel López, Jr., Ph.D., Board President, ILACHE

10:15 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. Break 

10:15 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. ILACHE Academia de Padres Activity Room

10:15 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. Graduate Fair & Research Symposium Ballroom

10:25 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Morning Sessions I Bone Student Center

  • Coaching for Academic Success- Creating a Culture of Success

  • Latino Resilience in Medical School: Changing a Paradigm

  • The Illinois Latino Coalition of Education Leaders: Leadership in Action

  • La Lucha is Real: Resisting the Higher Education Standards of PWI's

11:35 a.m. – 12:35 p.m. Morning Sessions II Bone Student Center

  • Cultural Wealth as Smartness: Latinx Students’ Academic Identities on College Campuses

  • Cuando Los Herman@s Trabajan Juntos las Montañas se Convierten en Oro

  • Cultivating Resilience: Self Care for Latinx Leaders

  • We Do More Than Just Dream: Powerful Narratives of Trauma, Survival, and Resiliency from the DACAmented

12:35 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Plenary and Leadership Awards Ballroom
Dr. Estela Bensimón & ILACHE Board

3:00 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. Break
3:10 p.m. – 4:10p.m. ILACHE Academia de Padres Activity Room
3:10 p.m. – 4:10p.m. Graduate Fair & Research Symposium Ballroom

3:10p.m. – 4:10 p.m. Afternoon Sessions Bone Student Center

  • Supporting Student Self Determination by Using Motivational Interviewing

  • Using Data-Driven Practices in STEM Pathways at Hispanic-Serving Community Colleges

  • Best Practices for Working with Undocumented Students: Illinois Public Education Models of Success

  • Engaging First Generation College Students and Their Families in the Higher Education System

4:20 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Call to Action and Closing Remarks Ballroom
Mr. Miguel del Valle
Daniel López, Jr., Ph.D., Board President, ILACHE

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception Circus Room


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