JJC Hosting Seventh Annual Latinx Student Empowerment Conference Nov. 17


More than 325 hundred students from district high schools are expected to attend the seventh Latinx Student Empowerment Conference at Joliet Junior College on Nov. 17, which will include a keynote address from Cesar Vargas, Esq. New York’s first openly undocumented attorney.

Cesar Vargas, Esq.

As an undocumented law graduate from CUNY Law School, Vargas led the fight for equal opportunity and access to the practice of law. In February 2016, after a lengthy battle, Vargas made history as the first undocumented lawyer in the state of New York. He was also the National Latino Outreach strategist for Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. Vargas is a nationally recognized leader and innovator at the forefront of the fight for immigration reform.

‘The purpose of this conference is to inform and inspire our local high school students that you can go to college, regardless of any barriers in their way. JJC is a welcoming institution for all students including those who are undocumented and is an excellent choice for any student to start their college and career path! ” said Martha Villegas Miranda, Conference Coordinator & Multicultural Pathway Coach.

The conference begins at 9 a.m. and will begin with an opening ceremony in honor of Native American Heritage Month, a welcome from JJC President Dr. Mitchell and workshops on empowerment. Vargas will speak at 11 a.m., and the public is invited to come to his presentation. High schools expected to participate include Bolingbrook, Joliet West, Morris, Plainfield North, Joliet Central, Lockport, Plainfield East and Romeoville.

For more information on the conference, contact Villegas Miranda at mvillega@jjc.edu.



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