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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

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Hispanic Students Promote Higher Ed

The Hispanic Business Student Association is hosting a conference, Nov. 10, to encourage high school students to apply for college.
By Sandra De La Torre

The Hispanic Business Student Association will host the third annual high school conference at San Diego State University Nov. 10 to expose Hispanic high school students to college life, and promote higher education.

About the conference

More than 250 Hispanic students and their parents are expected to attend the free community event, and the conference will have guest speakers, games, dancing, food as well as interactive workshops in both English and Spanish.

There will be five workshops discussing various subjects and aspects related to higher education including choosing your major, financial aid, study abroad and alternative ways to get to college.

The workshops are meant to inform both students and their parents and create a space where students can feel comfortable to ask any questions they may have regarding the college experience.

Guest speakers

Guest speakers attending the conference include:

  • Alex Montoya, manager of Latino Affairs for the San Diego Padres
  • Jose Cruz, executive director of the Barrio Logan College Institute
  • Current college students

“The role of the speakers is to motivate (students) to achieve a higher education. We want to present students with role models that they can admire and follow,” said Leonsio Magaña, one of the coordinators of the conference and current HBSA member.

Some students who attended the conference now participate with HBSA at SDSU and other college campuses.

“We know there are some (students) at SDSU and other campuses. Because of their interests some prefer to join other organizations. We are happy that we see them now at the college level and know we had an impact on them,” Magaña said.

The Hispanic Business Student Association is the only student organization within the College of Business that hosts a conference for high school students.  

Making changes 

According to Magaña, HBSA members noticed Hispanic students showed low levels of participation on campus because many are the first in their family to pursue a higher education.

While the conference is funded in part by the Office of Intercultural Relations at SDSU and the San Diego Futures Foundation, The Hispanic Business Student Association also hosts fundraisers to cover costs.  This year the organization put together a fundraiser at Applebee’s where members and officers acted as waiters and served breakfast to guests. Their efforts raised $400.

Other organizations that will help with the high school conference include:

  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity
  • Alpha Pi Sigma Sorority
  • Representatives of 14 other college campuses.

The conference will run from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at SDSU. More information.