It is our pleasure to announce that M.E.Ch.A. de UO will be hosting the 7th annual Raza Unida Youth Conference (RUYC) on February 23, 2011. As you may already know the RUYC is an all day event where we invite Latina/o high school students from Lane County and other parts of the state to come to our campus and participate in a day filled with workshops, Keynotes, a campus tour and the building of relationships. The purpose of the RUYC is to empower youth and give them the necessary tools to access higher education while also giving them an introduction into important issues that are constantly affecting Latino/a and marginalized communities. Last year with your departments help, we hosted nearly 500 students that made the day a great success. This year with your financial commitment and support, we are expecting to improve and make the experience of the students even more memorable and life changing.
M.E.Ch.A. (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán) is a student organization that has been active on the University of Oregon Campus for more than thirty years. We strive to promote awareness on issues related to Latinos on campus and in the community. One of our primary goals is the recruitment and retention of Oregon’s Chicana/o and Latina/o students. M.E.Ch.A.’s intent is to ensure that Chicano/a and Latino/a cultures and philosophies are being represented at the University of Oregon and in our surrounding communities.
The motto of Raza Unida Youth Conference is Educacion; El Derecho De La Raza! (Education; The Right of The People!). With this in mind, this year’s conference theme will be Immigration through the Eyes de La Mujer (Immigration through the eyes of women). Community members, university students and faculty are invited to present workshops during the RUYC, discussing topics such as culture, identity, education, gender, sexuality and immigration. Dear Community Members and Faculty,
With this in mind we are asking and inviting community members, alumni, university students and faculty to present workshops during the RUYC, discussing topics such as culture, identity, gender, sexuality and education. We hope that both the students and you the presenter will gain a stronger sense of community, knowledge and will feel invested in the students’ lives and future education.
If you choose to participate as a workshop presenter, please let us know as soon as possible so we can make the necessary preparations. Multiple workshops are also welcomed and encouraged. Presenters are invited to stay for the duration of the conference and are welcomed to lunch. Attached is a Presenter’s Form that provides space to briefly describe your workshop and accommodations. Please return the form to us before the 2nd of February. If you have any questions please contact Nina Bautista at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lucero Castañeda at email@example.com Thank you for your time, continued support and we look forward to seeing you on March 10, 2010.
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