UTSA to host the inaugural Global LEAD Summit March 26

The University of Texas at San Antonio will host the inaugural Global Latino Education Advocacy Days (LEAD) Summit on Thursday, Mar. 26, at 9 a.m. in the H-E-B University Center Ballroom on the Main Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Global LEAD brings together an international group of educators, scholars, activists and community members to engage in conversation about the issues related to Latino education worldwide. The event is part of the yearly LEAD Summit and will be hosted biennially at UTSA.

Award-winning actor Tony Plana will provide the keynote address for the summit, “Arts and Education.” Plana, best known for this role as Ignacio Suarez on the ABC series “Ugly Betty,” is the co-founder and executive artistic director of the East L.A. Classic Theatre, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating children in economically disadvantaged communities in East Los Angeles about theater and literacy.

The summit will also feature the keynote panel, “Educating Global Citizens: A Conversation with Ministers of Education,” that will include representatives from five Latin American countries discussing issues related to education in Latin America. Other panels throughout the day will cover a wide range of Latino-education related topics, including biliteracy, English as a second language, teaching and pedagogy, immigration and migration and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Individuals, organizations, schools and universities unable to attend the summit in person are invited to sign up to become a Town Hall Viewing Event Partner and host a live video stream of the summit. Those interested are encouraged to register on the Global LEAD website.

The conference is sponsored by the UTSA Office of the President, College of Education and Human Development, Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, Academy for Teacher Excellence, Mexico Center, Univision, LEAD at California State University-San Bernardino and Adelante.

by Jo Ann Jones, COEHDnews Editor

For more information about the conference or to register to attend, visit the LEAD website.