November 12, 2015

Guilford Holds Ninth Annual Soy un Líder Conference


More than 350 high school students and parents came to Guilford College on Nov. 7 for the ninth annual Soy un Líder conference, a daylong event to empower and prepare Latino and international students to apply to college.

“Soy un líder” is Spanish for “I’m a leader.”

Participants had the opportunity to attend workshops on topics such as financial aid, the college application process, choosing the right college, high school readiness and community engagement. Over 80 students participated in an essay competition, which served as a way to practice writing college admission and scholarship essays.

President Jane K. Fernandes welcomed participants to the conference and to Guilford. Diane Evia-Lanevi, founder of the Tomorrow Fund and the event’s keynote speaker, encouraged students to pursue higher education. Parents took part in an informative luncheon with Guilford faculty and staff.

Coordinators Gerardo Cruz Garza ’17, Rebecca Reyna ’16 and Fernando Jimenez ’19 organized the event along with the help of more than 40 volunteers and support from Multicultural Education Department Assistant Director Irving Zavaleta ’08.