Laura Cardiel, Director of Governance, Analytics, & Records at Lone Star College System Video Link: "Siempre Segura, Sigo Adelante: Always Secure, I Move Forward"
This engaging student presentation invites Lone Star-Tomball Latina/o students to develop greater self-awareness as a college student. Come hear the story of how Laura Cardiel used cultural confusion, the wrong major, and a leap of faith to land her right where she needed to be personally and professionally.
Dr. Janie Filoteo, Professor of Sociology and COTE Faculty Fellow Video Link: "Courage and Serendipity: One 1st Gen's Journey"
This presentation focuses on how courage and serendipity led Dr. Filoteo to earning her Ph.D in sociology. She will also share the unique challenges she faced as a first-generation college student and the strategies and belief systems she used to overcome them.
Jose Luis Zelaya, Doctoral Candidate in Urban Education at Texas A&M University Video Link: "From the Streets to a Ph.D"
In this presentation, Jose Luis Zelaya speaks on the importance of community and family values in order to help students understand the importance of their education. He also speaks on how higher education provides students with a path that provides a safety net of economic and social stability
Zachary Caballero, Attorney, Poet, Writer and Advocate Video Link: "Passion can Pave Your Path: How to Build a Legacy, Tell Your Story, and Defy Expectations"
Zachary Caballero is an attorney in the State of Texas, a nationally recognized Mexican-American Spoken Word Poet, public speaker, and descendant of Mexican Immigrants. Cabllero is the first lawyer in his family, a first-generation undergraduate student, and first-generation law students. Join us as he share his story and provudes us with strategies on how to be successful. In addition, Zachary will share his poetry.