LA VERNE >> Information on planning for college, for career and for changes in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy will the part of Saturday’s sixth annual Latino Education Access and Development Conference at the University of La Verne.
Hundreds of students from middle school through college and their parents will take part in the conference which is free and open to the public. The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the university, 1950 Third St., in La Verne. Conference check-in and registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
The goal of the conference is to increase the number of Inland Empire and San Gabriel Valley students who enroll and complete college while providing students and parents information they can use as they prepare to make decisions related to applying for and enrolling in college, said Marisol Morales, ULV’s director of civic and community engagement.
Kicking off the day’s events will be keynote speaker Shayla Rivera, an aerospace engineer and former NASA rocket scientist who is also a comedian, according to a university statement said. Aside from advocating for women’s involvement in fields associated with science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, she also gives talks on the value of inclusion and diversity.
A wide range of workshops will be offered throughout the morning on topics such as writing essays for college admission and information about undergraduate and graduate programs.
A panel discussion will be offered to assist families who have a student who will be the first to attend college. The panel will provide an overview of the financial aid application process, the documents necessary to complete the application and paying for college, Morales said.
Members of the ULV Dreamers Club, a student organization, will have information on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, and will speak on how to prepare for emergencies and advocate for immigration reform.