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Last modified: Thursday, March 25, 2010

IU among 60 universities to host live telecast of Latino summit March 29

March 25, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Bloomington will join 60 universities throughout the United States on Monday (March 29) to present a live, town hall Webcast of the annual Latino Education and Advocacy Day Summit at California State University-San Bernardino.

La Casa

Latino Cultural Center

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IU's La Casa Latino Culture Center will host the IU telecast of the LEAD summit at its 715 E. Seventh St. location in Bloomington. The telecast is presented by La Casa in collaboration with Latino Studies, the Latino Faculty and Staff Council and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. La Casa will telecast the summit from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., after a capstone presentation by Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers.

Other speakers at this year's conference, titled "A Day of Courageous Conversations," will include Sylvia Mendez, a Civil Rights activist and plaintiff in Mendez v. Westminster, the landmark desegregation case of 1946 and a precursor to Brown v. Board of Education, and Juan Sepúlveda, director of the White House Initiative on the Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans.

"This is a summit that unites scholars, students, politicians, teachers and activists throughout the United States and beyond in the common goal of extending the opportunities and benefits of education to the Latino community," said Arlene Diaz, director of Latino Studies at IU.

The new "Handbook of Latinos and Education" ( will be presented at the summit. This comprehensive work maps Latino education as an academic field worthy of study and investigation. Bradley Levinson, director of the IU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and an associate professor of education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, was a collaborator on the project.

The objective of the free, one-day LEAD summit is to promote a broad-based awareness of the challenges surrounding Latino education and to enhance the intellectual, cultural and personal development of community educators, administrators, leaders and students.

Some of the other universities showing the LEAD telecast are Harvard University, Purdue University, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Texas A&M University; New York University; University of New Mexico, Arizona State University, University of Massachusetts, Cornell University, Universidad Autónoma de México, and the Universidad Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero (El Salvador).

For more information about the summit, see

Link to the LEAD Summit schedule