LEAD Summit X

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Santos Manuel Student Union, CSUSB

Su Vota Es Su Voz


Official 2019 LEAD Summit Program (PDF)

Program Detail

8:00 AM: Check-In - Live Music - Web Cast Red Carpet Interviews

  • Continental Breakfast, Distribution of Packets and Optional Course Credit Registration
  • Live Entertainment - Saludo Artístico featuring Movimiento Mystica 

    Movimiento Mystica, also known as Mystic Movement, is made up of Daisy Valdovinos (Vocals/Hand Drum and Spoken word), Siren Brooke (Vocals/Cajon and Spoken Word), and Wil Orinion (Guitar).

    Movimiento Mystica is an eclectic musical experience that fuses soul, jazz, hip hop, folk, funk, blues, and spoken word as they sing from their hearts in both English and Spanish, honoring their roots while offering thoughtful lyrics about the inner and outer struggles and joys we encounter in life. 

    Mystic Movement performs with the intention to elevate the vibrational frequency of love, freedom, and truth. To honor sacred wisdom, for the ancestors and the earth by spreading the knowledge of oneness and unity. The creation of their song, dance, poetry, and art acts as an activator for collective healing in order to promote love, life and liberty for all. Their music aims to fulfill the yearning for healing through expression and to act as a catalyst for collective healing.

Movimiento Mystica

Movimiento Mystica

9:00 AM: Opening Ceremony

  • Color Guard Presentation / Pledge of Allegiance
    Air Force Junior ROTC, West Covina High School
    Jesus Acuña-Perez, Capt. (ret) USAF, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor, West Covina High School
  • National Anthem
    Star Kafovalu-Wildes, Academic Advisor and Social Media Coordinator, Advising & Academic Services, CSUSB
  • Procession of Hope / Procesión de la Esperanza


Air Force Junior ROTC, West Covina High School

Captain Jesse Acuna-Perez

Capt. Jesus Acuña-Perez

Star Wildes

Star Kafovalu-Wildes
Academic Advisor and Social Media Coordinator, Advising & Academic Services, CSUSB

Procession of Hope (Esperanza), I voted!, Si se Pudo!

9:15 AM: Welcome Remarks / Bienvenida

Chancellor, Tim White

Dr. Timothy White
Chancellor, California State University

Dr. Tomas Morales

Dr. Tomás D. Morales
President, California State University, San Bernardino
Provost Shari McMahon

Dr. Shari McMahan
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs,
California State University, San Bernardino

Jake Zhu

Dr. Jake Zhu
Interim Dean, College of Education

Robert Nava

Dr. Robert J. Nava
Vice President for Advancement, California State University, San Bernardino

Jose Angel Gutierrez

Dr. José Angel Gutiérrez
2019 LEAD Summit
Padrino de Honor

Concha Rivera

Mrs. Concepción "Concha" Rivera
2019 LEAD Summit
Madrina de Honor

10:00 AM: Featured Speaker - Hon. Alex Padilla

Alex Padilla was sworn in as California Secretary of State on January 5, 2015. He is committed to modernizing the office, increasing voter registration and participation, and strengthening voting rights.

Padilla previously served in the California State Senate (2006-2014) where he chaired the Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Communications. As chair, he shepherded legislation to combat climate change and create a greener and more sustainable economy.  He pursued an ambitious agenda in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, and broadband deployment.

Padilla's parents emigrated from Mexico and raised their family in the working class community of Pacoima, California.  His father worked as a short order cook and his mother cleaned houses.  Padilla attended local public schools and went on to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He recently completed a five-year term as a member of the MIT Corporation (Board of Trustees).  Padilla is often asked how he moved from engineering to public service. He explains that in many ways they are similar; the goal of each is solving problems. 

Jesse Felix

Jesse Felix
Introduction / Moderator
Executive Director of the Associated Students, Inc., and Doctoral Candidate-Cohort 10, Educational Leadership Program, CSUSB


Hon. Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State

Hon. Alex Padilla
California Secretary of State

10:35 AM: Break /  Un Cafecito  & Vendor/Exhibits Fair

  • Live Entertainment - Movimiento Mystica
  • Coffee provided

10:50 AM: Our Vote Is Our Voice: An In-Memoriam Tribute to Willie C. Velásquez & Antonio González

Throughout U.S. history, Latinos have been systematically kept from the ballot box through the use of poll taxes, gerrymandering and outright intimidation. 

Willie C. Velasquez
Mr. Willie C. Velásquez (†1988), a native of San Antonio and a leader of La Raza Unida Party, was active in the Southwest in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Drawing inspiration from the Civil Rights movement, César E. Chávez and the farmworkers movement, and the protests against the war in Vietnam, he would change the face of American politics by harnessing the power of the Latino vote in unprecedented ways.
In 1967, he and other Chicano-Latino students, known as Los Cinco (The Five), created the Mexican American Youth Organization (MAYO).  MAYO worked to register Chicano youth to vote, and the group defended farm workers’ rights by becoming one of the anchors of the Chicano Movement. The group popularized the motto Su Voto Es Su Voz (Your Vote is your Voice). They spread their message through local newspapers and city-to-city events to bring other young people into the organization. 
In 1968 as Boycott Coordinator for the United Farm Workers, he organized strikes at the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. After leaving the United Farm Workers he became the founder and director of the Mexican American Unity Council in San Antonio, Texas. In 1970 he was named Field Director of the Southwest Council of La Raza.

In 1974, Velásquez founded the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project, the nation's largest and oldest non-partisan Latino voter participation organization in the U.S.
Under his guidance, the project launched over a thousand voter registration drives in 200 cities and Native America reservations and conducted extensive polling. From 1974 to 1987, the number of Latino elected officials in the U.S. grew from 1,566 to 3,038, an increase of 82 percent. 
Antonio Gonzalez
Mr. Antonio González (†2018), assumed the presidency of SVREP in 1994, after working in various capacities for SVREP founding President Willie Velásquez and his successor Andrew Hernández during 1984-94.
González became a central figure in the dramatic growth of Latino political participation. He was the central architect of the Latino Vote USA (1996), Latino Vote 2000, Campaign for Communities and the Ten-Four Campaign (2004), Movimiento 10-12 (2008), Latino Vote 12N12 (2012) and Latino Vote 2016 campaigns that mobilized record numbers of new Latino voters across the U.S.
González was a visionary among us, for the Latino community, working to change political and policy norms to be more inclusive by crafting pathways for civic engagement that previously did not exist. His strategy accounted for all Latinos: In 2005 when he was named one of the most influential Hispanics in the United States by Time Magazine, Antonio was quoted as saying that we have to come up with solutions to raise our people from the bottom of the ladder. His was a true champion for Latinos at every level of society and government.
Under his guidance, SVREP has helped to triple Latino registration, from 5.4 million in 1994 to 15.3 million registrants in 2016, and increased Latino voting from nearly 4.9 million to 12.7 million during the 1994-2016 period.
Both Willie C. Velásquez & Antonio González have forever changed our nation’s political landscape. They left a blueprint to fight for justice, to provide a voice for the disenfranchised, protect our civil rights, voting rights and build coalitions to empower the Latino community. Their collective vision involved more than just getting Latinos to vote, Velásquez and González sought to bring into the democratic process an active and informed Latino electorate, promote civic participation, involvement and leadership, and improve the lives of immigrants living in the United States.
The work is not done; we must continue the work that they showed us we need to do. Today we draw inspiration from their legacies.
Rest in Power Willie and Antonio!

Listen to a podcast preview of this session featuring Dr. Ellen Riojas Clark on Blog Talk Radio

Dr. Ellen Riojas Clark

Dr. Ellen Riojas Clark
Professor Emerita, Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, College of Education and Human Development, University of Texas at San Antonio
2015 Madrina LEAD Summit
Introduction / Moderator

Janie Velasquez

Mrs. Jane Velasquez, wife
Chicano Movement Activist
"Memories of Willie C."

Lydia Camarillo

Lydia Camarillo
President, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project and Willie C. Velasquez Institute
Antonio Gonzalez Tribute

Irma Munoz

Irma Muñoz
Founder and Director, Mujeres de la Tierra
"Memories of Antonio"

Jorge B. Haynes

Jorge Haynes
2015 Feria Educativa Padrino de Honor,
Senior Director of External Relations for the California State University Office of the Chancellor (Retired)

11:15 AM: Panel – Unleashing the Giant: Voter Registration & Civic Engagement

The time is now for Latinos to unleash the giant, energized and empowered, and reflective of the growing diversity in the United States. It must begin with exercising our right to vote. We can only edge closer to true representations of our community when we use our vote as our voice, so our presence can not only be felt in the electorate, but public policies can better resemble and reflect the needs of our community.
As educators, advocates and leaders we must all work together to engage the next wave of voters, Latinos or otherwise, so as to build a civic society and representative democracy inclusive of all our interests.
The panelists will discuss efforts to promote the broader movement for social and economic justice through increased civic participation, working with community-based, educational, religious, labor, and other organizations seeking to build civically cognizant and active neighborhoods.
Among the topics are increasing voter registration, the need for practical and targeted voter education, critical engagement and participation rates, and organizing and exposing Latino youth and community members to social change opportunities and long-lasting community power.

Listen to a podcast preview of this session featuring Janet Barnabe on Blog Talk Radio

Cecile Dahlquist

Cecile Dahlquist
Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Student Health Center-Palm Desert Campus, and Doctoral Candidate-Cohort 11, Educational Leadership Program, CSUSB
Introduction / Moderator

Janet Bernarbe

Janet Bernabe
Riverside Regional Coordinator
Mi Familia Vota 

Luz Gallegos

Luz Gallegos
Community Programs Director, TODEC Legal Center

Francisco J. Solá

Francisco J. Solá
Chair, Latino Voter Registration Project

12:00 PM: Buffet Lunch & Networking - Vendor/Exhibits Fair

12:40 PM: Panel - ¡Hágase Contar! Make Census 2020 Count

Our nation’s future is shaped in part by the accuracy of the data collected by the Census Bureau on the nation’s population, and on its racial, ethnic and national origin groups. This data help ensure fair and representative reapportionment and redistricting. They guide a wide range of decisions made in the public and private sectors that affect the lives of all Americans.  Census data plays an indispensable role in the monitoring and implementation of civil rights policies, and they are used to ensure the effective allocation of billions of dollars in federal, state and local funding. 

California receives more than $76 billion annually in crucial federal funds for schools, crime prevention, healthcare, and transportation on the basis of decennial Census-derived statistics. This is important federal funding for programs and services that are critical for children and families, including Medicaid, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, Title 1 Grants to Local Education Agencies, National School Lunch Program, Special Education Grants, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

In order for California to receive its fair share, the Census Bureau must master the difficult task of accurately counting the state’s dynamic, diverse population. Historically, certain hard-to-reach populations are more difficult to count than others and according to the Census Bureau, including children under 5, youth, immigrants, renters, homeless populations, those with limited-English proficiency, as well as those who live in places where enumerators are unable to gain entry including apartment buildings. A report released in April 2016 by NALEO Educational Fund and Child Trends Hispanic Institute revealed that 400,000 Latino children, under the age of 5, were missed in the Census in 2010. Five states—California, Texas, Florida, Arizona, and New York—account for nearly three quarters of the net undercount, with 33 percent occurring in California alone. 

The Latino community is now 58.8 million strong, and one of every six American residents is Latino. Latinos are the nation’s second largest population group, and accurate data about the Latino community are critical for our country’s economic, social and civic well-being. Moderated by the NALEO Educational Fund, join us as panelists discuss what the Census is and its importance, specific data points for California and the undercount of very young Latino children, challenges for the Census in 2020, and what must be done to ensure a full and accurate count of all Latinos.

Listen to a podcast preview of this session featuring Adán Chavezn Chavez on Blog Talk Radio

Adan Chavez

Adán Chávez
Panel Chair
Regional Census Campaign Manager, Inland Empire
NALEO Educational Fund

Arturo Hernandez

Dr. Arturo J. Hernandez
Partnership Specialist 2020 U.S. Census Bureau,
CEO & Founder of Zamora Institute, and
Doctoral Graduate-Cohort 8, Educational Leadership Program, CSUSB

Quintillia Avila

Quintilia Ávila
Regional Program Manager, Southern California Lead, California Complete Count

Jacqueline Martinez Garcel

Jacqueline Martinez Garcel
CEO, Latino Community Foundation

Ely Flores

Ely Flores
State Director of Civic Engagement, NALEO Educational Fund

1:25 PM: Featured Speaker - Maria del Rosario “Rosie” Castro (confirmed)

Maria del Rosario “Rosie” Castro is a Mexican-American civil rights activist and educator from San Antonio, Texas, who has been involved in several prominent groups, such as the Young Democrats of America, the Mexican American Youth Organization, the Committee for Barrio Betterment, and the Raza Unida Party.  She is the mother of Julian Castro and Joaquín Castro.

Alejandro Jazan

Dr. Alejandro Jazan
Introduction / Moderator
Associate Professor-Speech, Communication Studies, College of the Desert, and Doctoral Graduate-Cohort 10, Educational Leadership Program, CSUSB

Rosie Castro

Maria del Rosario “Rosie” Castro
Civil Rights Activist & Educator

2:00 PM: Break / Un Cafecito & Vendor/Exhibits Fair

  • Live Entertainment - Movimiento Mystica 
  • LEAD Cake and Coffee provided

2:15 PM: Capstone Presentation - Civic Courage and Social Action in the American Democratic Process: Toward a New Latino Citizenry

Over the past decades, Latinos have emerged as the largest minority in the nation, with majority populations in many states and regions, and in some cases, the majority demographic among school-age children. In many ways, this is our moment as a major cultural influence on art, music, food, and so forth. Our workers, too, are the backbone of many sectors of the intertwining local, regional, state, national and global economies. Yet, the strength of our schools and communities, basically, “our place in the world”, is impossible to evaluate without focusing on the educational outcomes of Latino students.
Latinos continue to have some of the highest drop-out/push-out rates, score among the lowest on achievement tests, and have low college enrollment and graduation rates. Both Latino students and teachers have a high mobility rate, are located in racially segregated communities with high poverty rates, and attend schools with fewer resources, staffing, and programs.
Education is of economic imperative, and the Civil Rights issue of our generation; it’s a right not a privilege. For the U.S. to create a positive future it will require a Latino citizenry that more greatly participates in the American democratic process, and that is poised to shape the U.S. political landscape through voting and civic engagement.
By 2020, 32 million Latinos, for the first time, will be eligible to vote, the largest racial or ethnic group eligible to vote in a presidential election (13.3 percent of the electorate). Immigration is playing a role, albeit a small one. One-in-10 eligible voters will be foreign-born in 2020, the highest share since 1970. But the share eligible to vote does not necessarily transfer to voter turnout. The number of Latinos who don’t vote, in fact, has been greater than the number who do in every presidential election since 1996.
Latinos have also been frustrated with decennial Census projections that historically underestimate the Latino population growth. The Census Bureau is the primary source of economic and demographic data for the United States. The push to be accurately counted has always been high stakes because the size of ethnic minority populations directly affects the ability to allocate federal funding for public services and to influence the way Congressional and other voting districts are drawn.
This capstone presentation will be offered by leaders of various Latino Civil Rights organizations. The fight for civil rights doesn't happen in a vacuum, and in most cases, have fueled—and have been fueled by—other social justice movements.
As we represent a significant portion of this country's future strength, we must achieve a dramatic and powerful change in our communities, one that necessitates civic courage, social action, public service, and the creation of leadership opportunities.

Deborah Grijalva

Deborah Grijalva
Introduction / Moderator
Doctoral Candidate-Cohort 11, Educational Leadership Program, CSUSB


Lydia Camarillo

 Lydia Camarillo
President, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project and Willie C. Velasquez

Ben Monterroso

Ben Monterroso (Designee TBD)
Executive Director, Mi Familia Vota

Lizette Escobedo

Lizette Escobedo
Director of National Census Programs,
NALEO Educational Fund

3:15 PM: Concluding Remarks & Acknowledgements / Despedida

Master of Ceremony

  • Dr. Enrique G. Murillo, Jr. Professor of Education, and LEAD Executive Director, California State University, San Bernardino

Dr. Enrique Murillo

Dr. Enrique Murillo


  • Prof. Elias Escamilla, Assistant Professor, Counselor, Vice President Faculty Association
    Mt. San Jacinto Community College

Elias Escamilla

Prof. Elias Escamilla