Monday, September 17, 2012

UIS hosts leadership fair for high school students

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield and the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute will host over 200 high school students from around Illinois as part of a student leadership fair.

WHEN: Friday, September 21, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.

WHERE: College/Career Fair: Public Affairs Center (PAC), lower level Opening Remarks: The Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC)

DETAILS: The student leadership fair will allow high school students to hear nationally prominent motivational speakers, attend workshops on preparing for college, financial aid/literacy, and leadership development. Students will also have the opportunity to visit with recruiters representing vocational and technical schools, community colleges, 4-year academic institutions, and the military. In addition, students will receive helpful materials on college preparation and applying for scholarships.

Opening remarks will be delivered by UIS Chancellor Susan J. Koch and Jaime Cruz, president of the UIS Organization of Latin American Students at 9:30 a.m. in TRAC. Following the remarks, a keynote address will be delivered by speaker, educator, and author Jimmy Cabrera. The leadership development session will be led by motivational speaker Andres Lara.

The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute is a Chicago-based national nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization that promotes education, civil participation, and leadership development for Latinos and other similarly disenfranchised groups.

The free event is open to high school students of all backgrounds; however registration is required for admission. Students may register online at

For more information, contact Dr. Clarice Ford, UIS associate dean of students and Diversity Center director at 217/206-6333 or

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