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Meet one of LaSA’s founders and mark Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) and join the Latinx Staff Association (LaSA) as we celebrate 30 years at UCOP!

On Sept. 19, join us for a hybrid HHM and anniversary celebration kick-off event in Oakland and via Zoom, featuring one of LaSA’s founders Luis Chavez. Luis will discuss the value of employee resource groups and community spaces in building connections and developing leaders. His keynote talk will be followed by a question and answer session and light refreshments will be provided for in-person attendees.

Join us

  • What: Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-off: LaSA at 30 – Conexión y Comunidad
  • When: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 12 – 1 p.m. (PT)
  • Where: Oakland Lobby 1 and Zoom:

About Luis Chavez

Luis is a seasoned and dedicated higher education professional with over three decades of experience supporting students, staff and faculty. He has organized, facilitated and collaborated on projects primarily focused on disproportionately impacted students and educators across California community colleges, and has served as a senior director at the Career Ladders Project for more than 16 years.

Throughout his career, Luis has built strong partnerships with nonprofit advocacy organizations and has been associated with various influential organizations such as the Puente Project State Advisory Board; California Community Colleges Organización de Latinx Empowerment, Guidance, Advocacy for Success (COLEGAS); United Latin American Citizens; and the Latino Institute for Corporate Inclusion. During his time at UCOP, Luis served as the community college statewide director of Puente (1990-2007).

Luis returned to the community college system to reconnect and ground his praxis of counseling and transformation by working directly with students as an adjunct counseling faculty/coordinator for Berkeley City College’s Undocumented Community Resource Center (UCRC). In the fall of 2023, he will assume a new leadership role as counseling department chair, where he will be dedicated to applying and supporting counseling intentionally and equitably, focusing on the transformational principles of core counseling.

For questions about this event, contact Oscar Lara or Patricia Osorio-O’Dea.

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