METAS Conference 11-15

Purdue Calumet hosting conference for
Hispanic high school students Friday (11/15)

Purdue University Calumet will host some 300 Hispanic high school students from East Chicago, Gary and Hammond Friday (11/15) at a day-long conference designed to generate inspiration and energy while promoting success in college.

Keynote by Robert Renteria

The METAS Conference—METAS stands for Motivate, Educate, Termina, Alcanza y Suena—begins at 8 a.m. in the university’s Student Union & Library. The conference will feature two keynote speakers and breakout sessions for students. There also will be workshops for parents focusing on college admission, financial aid and preparation.

Morning keynoter Lina Traslavina-Stover, a native of Bogota, Colombia who came to the United States to earn a college degree, will discuss how she came to believe in herself after overcoming depression and an eating disorder. She is scheduled to speak at 9:20 a.m. in Alumni Hall of the Student Union & Library.

Author, civic leader and Latino humanitarian Robert Renteria will deliver the afternoon keynote address. Voted Chicago’s Latino Professional of the Year in 2010, he is believed to be the first Latino to receive two national Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards as a civil rights leader and Latino voice for educational reform. In his widely-read book, From the Barrio to the Board Room, he discusses his escape from a life of dealing drugs and hanging with gangs to achieve success through hard work, dedication and education. His scheduled remarks are at 12:55 p.m. in Alumni Hall.

Serving as the conference’s primary sponsor is Foundations of East Chicago. Other supporters include the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) and educational corporate partners Purdue Calumet, Indiana University Northwest, Ivy Tech State College and Calumet College of St. Joseph.