Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement (HISPA), with the support of the Latina Researchers Network (LRN), will host the first annual HISPA Youth Conference in New York City on April 4. The day-long event is themed “Take Action, Achieve Your Dreams,” and will take place at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. This event will coincide with the Latina Researchers Network Conference also taking place on campus.
Silvia L. Mazzula, Assistant Professor of Psychology at John Jay and Director of LRN, and Ivonne Díaz-Claisse, founder and President of HISPA, will deliver welcome remarks. Professor Mazzula is the former president of the Latino Psychological Association of New Jersey. LRN, founded in 2012, responds to Latina underrepresentation in advanced research disciplines and careers.
Launched in 2006, HISPA places Latino professionals in middle schools to tell their stories and inspire students to excel and plan for higher education. Since its founding in New Jersey, HISPA has extended its Role Model Program to San Antonio, Texas and New York City, where it began in three schools in 2013. More than 100 New York City students from the Inwood Academy for Leadership will attend the conference, for most their first time on a college campus.
For more information about the HISPA Youth Conference, click here.