Puente Project

Puente Project

PUENTE Project
Student Leadership Conference / Feria Educativa 
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

¡Sí Se Puente!

The objective of the CSUSB Feria Educativa is to promote a broad-based awareness of the crisis in Latino Education and to enhance the intellectual, cultural and personal development of our community's students, parents, educators, administrators and leaders.  The Feria Educativa is a community-engagement activity where we inform and inspire, including...

  • Enthuse a college-going and career-readiness culture for all students to be prepared for a full range of post-secondary options;
  • Engage parents and families, with special efforts to reach Latinos, as a critical component in believing that their children are "college material" and offer opportunities to understand their role in the college process, as well as other post-secondary career opportunities;
  • Distribute/exhibit/present educational and career information and post-secondary opportunities, and other materials pertinent to community well-being (e.g. health, immigration, & civic engagement), and be available to support families; and
  • Build collective commitment and a partnership model that includes active involvement from all sectors of the regional community.
PUENTE Program Background: The Puente Project is a national award winning program that for 38 years has improved the college-going rate of tens of thousands of California’s educationally disadvantaged students. Its mission is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who enroll in four-year colleges and universities, earn college degrees and return to the community as mentors and leaders to future generations. Puente currently has programs in community colleges, high schools, and middle schools in California and Texas.

Leadership Conference Objective: The program design encourages students to develop leadership skills and to share their valued experiences and opinions.

Co-Masters of Ceremonies

Dr. Enrique Murillo

Dr. Enrique G. Murillo, Jr., Professor of Education,
Director of LEAD Education Projects CSUSB

Olivia Rosas

Ms. Olivia Rosas, Associate Vice President, Student Success and Educational Equity CSUSB

Keynote Speaker

Dolores Huerta is Founder & President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation. She co-founded the United Farm Workers of America with Cesar Chavez.

Dolores Huerta
Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist and community organizer. She has worked for labor rights and social justice for over 50 years. In 1962, she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union. She served as Vice President and played a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments for four decades.
In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation $100,000 prize for Creative Citizenship which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). DHF is connecting groundbreaking community-based organizing to state and national movements to register and educate voters; advocate for education reform; bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community; and create strong leadership development.
She has received numerous awards: among them The Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award from President Clinton in 1998. In 2012 President Obama bestowed Dolores with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.
Dolores also served as our Featured Speaker at our inaugural Latino Education and Advocacy Days Summit, here at CSU San Bernardino in 2010.


Padrino / Madrina de Honor

Robert J. Nava, JD, CFRE, Vice President, Division of University Advancement, CSUSB

Robert Nava
After a national search, last year Cal State San Bernardino named Robert J. Nava as its new vice president for the Division of University Advancement & Executive Director for the Philanthropic Foundation.
VP Nava, a long-time member of our regional community, has spent 35 years in higher education advancement leadership roles, including 18 years in the inland region prior to now. He most recently served as vice president for university advancement at San Francisco State University, and before that at the University of Texas, El Paso. He also enjoyed a long and distinguished tenure at UC Riverside.
Nava holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from UTEP, a law degree from Western State University College of Law and was a member of the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Institute for Management and Leadership in Education. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), a credential attained by demonstrating success in fundraising and supporting professional standards in philanthropy.
Vice President Nava has also served many years on the PUENTE Project’s Advisory Board.

Eloise Gómez Reyes, Assembly Member 47th District

Eloise Reyes
Eloise Gómez Reyes was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2016 to represent California’s 47th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy.  
Eloise, a proud daughter of immigrants, has been a champion for her community throughout her career. She graduated from Colton High School and received her A.A. from San Bernardino Valley College. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California, Eloise went on to earn her law degree from Loyola Law School.
Eloise’s commitment to civic engagement is a culmination built over years of experience. As a 12-year-old she struggled alongside her family, working every summer in the fields picking onions and grapes. She worked hard to earn money to pay for her school clothes, but this early experience provided the strong work ethic that defines her today.
She learned early in her life that her passion was to help others and she knew that as an attorney, she could help those who needed protection and assistance. Her determination, perseverance, and conviction to succeed has enabled her to be a voice for the voiceless and an asset for those requiring legal representation but are unable to afford it. Eloise became the first Latina to open her own law office in the Inland Empire.
The Hon. Eloise Gómez Reyes also served as our Madrina de Honor for the LEAD Summit & Week in 2017.

Program At A Glance

Saturday, November 2, 2019
Start End Description
8:00 am 8:45 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
Cultural Performance DANZA MEXIKA: Makuill Ollin Ocelotl
9:00 am 9:45 am Foro Comunitario / Welcome & Keynote Addresses - Events Center ABC
10:00 am 11:45 am Parent Workshop - SMSU Theatre
10:00 am 10:45 am Session I: Talleres, Campus Tours, Activity Centers
11:00 am 11:45 am Session II: Talleres, Campus Tours, Activity Centers
11:45 am 12:45 pm  Comida / Lunch 
Cultural Performances BALLET FOLKLORICO: Rialto High School & Ballet Folklorico Cultural
1:00 pm 1:30 pm Despedida / Farewell Address - Events Center ABC
1:30 pm 2:30 pm ALFSS Day of Dead Celebration - Meeting Center Patio
2:30 pm Departure
Workshop Locations
Description / Talleres Location Capacity
Financial Aid and Scholarships SMSU Bay 50
Get Finance Savvy: All About the Benjamins SMSU 215 50
CSUSB Student Panel SMSU 216 50
The Four Systems of Higher Education SMSU 217 50
Undocumented Students Can Go to College Skybox 207 / 208 35
How to Succeed in High School SMSU 218 35
Time Management / Goal Setting Skybox 210/211 50
Demonstrating Leadership to Serve Your Community SMSU PUB 50
Campus Tour Meet in Event Center Lobby 360
Parent Workshop SMSU Theatre 180

Workshops Descriptions

Financial Aid and Scholarships
Have you ever wondered “How will I ever be able to pay for college”?!?! This workshop will provide you with information on available Financial Aid  and scholarships so that you can make college happen for you!! Financial Aid experts will be available to answer your questions and help you start planning for your future in college.

Get Finance Savvy: All About the Benjamins, “Ballin on a Budget”– Presented by Educational Talent Search
Students will learn different ways to save and Budget their money through activities on Needs vs. Wants, budgeting scenarios, and future career salaries.

CSUSB Student Panel - Students currently enrolled at CSUSB will share their stories and educational journeys. During this interactive conversation, CSUSB students will also share lessons learned and advise on the “do’s and don’ts” of college life.

Campus Tours – Presented by GEAR UP
During this session, students and parents will have the opportunity to tour the CSUSB campus while receiving general facts about majors, athletics, and coyote life!

Four Systems of Higher Education and Freshman Admissions Requirements – Presented by GEAR UP
College Readiness 101- The A-G Requirements and the 4 Systems of Higher Education
Unsure about the college options you have? Know there is something out there for everyone! This workshop will focus on the 4 California College Systems. Attendees will learn about the A- G requirements then, the facilitators will delve into the CSU, UC, Private and Community College systems.  Attendees will learn the best avenue for their educational journey based on the requirements for that particular higher education system. As a bonus information will be shared about California’s Hispanic Serving Institutions don’t miss out on this presentation!

Undocumented Students Can Go to College – Presented by Maria Maldonado, CSUSB Undocumented Student Success Center
This workshop session will provide information to students who self-identify as undocumented and/or Dreamer. The presenter will discuss the CA Dream Act, scholarship opportunities, on-campus as well as community resources, and emergency grants. Lastly, the presentation will introduce the Undocumented Student Success Center at CSUSB while sharing the services provided.

Success in High School: Being a Leader in Achieving Your Success – 
In this session, students will gain information and resources to achieve success in high school. Students will explore the question of "What does it mean to be a successful student?" through growth mindset and SMART Goals. This session will cover student success and the importance of self-advocacy in an interactive setting, while assembling a toolbox for high school success.

Time Management and Goal Setting: #GOALSPresented by Kurt Manio, Director of First Star Academy
Studies indicate that when we set a goal, the success rate of achieving that goal is only 8%. This is due to the fact that we often set goals that are not specific, are not measurable, and have no accountability. By participating in #GOALS, students will learn about SMART goals (S-Specific, M-Measurable, A-Attainable, R-Relevant, T-Time Bound), and how such goals can be helpful, but can also hold us back. Students will then learn about using the Scaling Method for goal setting, which is rooted in Solution Focused Therapy; a short-term crisis intervention model that utilizes an individual’s strengths in order to overcome adversity. By using this method, students will increase their goal attainment success rate by 40-60%.

Demonstrating Leadership to Serve Your Community - Leadership Through Public Service
Do you realize that there are professional jobs that pay you to be a leader and serve the community? This workshop will help you explore the concept of “giving back” and how service to community can become a career in public service.

Parent Workshops

Part 1: College Making it Happen: Leading a Path to College Success - Presented by Dalia Hernandez, Director of Upward Bound
This interactive workshop session is designed to empower parents to take the lead in keeping informed about the college opportunities available to their children. The session will provide information on how parents can support and help their children access, enroll in and complete a college education. Parents will leave the workshop session with a general understanding of the college going process, including the college admissions and financial aid processes.

Parte 1: Haciendo Realidad una Educación Universitaria: Liderando una Trayectoria al Éxito Universitario
Este taller está diseñado para empoderar a los padres para liderar y tomar la iniciativa para mantenerse informados sobre las oportunidades universitarias disponibles para sus hijos. El taller proveerá información sobre como los padres pueden apoyar y ayudar a sus hijos a tener acceso, matricularse en y terminar una educación universitaria. Padres dejaran el taller con un entendimiento general del proceso de ir a la universidad, incluyendo los procesos sobre admisión universitaria y ayuda financiera.

Part 2: Family to Family - Keys to student success - Presented by Parent Officers / Leaders of the Binational Parent Leadership Institute (BPLI)
Parental involvement and advocacy play a critical role in their child's academic success. Across cultures, parents make personal and financial sacrifices to provide opportunities and access to a quality education for their children. Listen to parents describe how they helped their children succeed in school despite the barriers of language, culture, education and income.

Parte 2: Familia a Familia - Claves para el éxito estudiantil - Presentado por los Oficiales / Líderes de Padres del Instituto Binacional de Liderazgo de Padres (BPLI)
La universidad no es un sueno sino un plan! Se discutiran los beneficios de ir a la universidad, los datos sobre asistencia a la universidad y la terminación de los latinos.Ademas, las barreras comunes a latinos que asisten a la universidad; y mitos,incluyendo las diferencias culturales, seran discutidos. Así como la forma en que los padres pueden apoyar a sus hijos ir a la universidad,y cómo desarrollar una cultura universitaria en su hogar.

Campus Tours

Campus tours available every hour on the hour.  Meet tour guides at SMSU either of these two locations:  The Santos Manuel Student Union Lobby and the Meeting Center.   Please look out for our friendly guides holding campus tour signs.

Directions to CSUSB - From Interstate 215 at University Parkway: Exit the freeway and travel one mile north/northeast to the end of University Parkway, which becomes the main entrance to CSUSB (at Northpark Blvd). Ahead and to your left will be the Parking Services Information Booth.



  • CSUSB University Advancement
  • Office of Tribal Relations
  • College of Education
  • LEAD (Latino Education & Advocacy Days)
  • Student Success & Educational Equity, Division of Student Affairs
  • PUENTE Project
  • BPLI - Binational Parent Leadership Institute
  • San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
  • Mexican Consulate in San Bernardino, CA
  • SMSU - Santos Manuel Student Union
  • ALFSS - Association of Latino Facuty, Staff and Students
  • JLE - Journal of Latinos in Education
  • NLEN - National Latino Education Network
  • Office of Strategic Communications
  • SCCHSI - Southern California Consortium of Hispanic Serving Institutions
  • Corella Family