12th Annual Diversity Conference – March 18

diversity posterYou are invited to the 12th Annual Diversity Conference on Friday, March 18, 2016, from 8:45 AM – 4 PM at Indian Hills Community College Main Campus (Ottumwa).


Julissa Arce – “My (Underground) American Dream”

Julissa Arce is a writer, immigrant rights advocate, and author. At the age of 11, Julissa immigrated to America from Mexico and was undocumented for almost 15 years. Prior to becoming an advocate, she built a successful career on Wall Street, and made national and international headlines when she revealed that she had achieved the American Dream of wealth and status while undocumented. Having seemingly achieved the American Dream at that time, yet was not legally defined as an American, Julissa now shares her story about what it was like climbing the corporate ladder as both a Hispanic woman and an undocumented American. Through Julissa’s personal stories, the audience will gain a new perspective on what it means to achieve the “American dream.”

Clemencia Spizzirri, 2015 Iowa Teacher of the Year – “Creating a Culture of Achievement For All”

A native of Quito, the capital city of Ecuador, Clemencia Spizzirri began her teaching career in her home country before moving to the United States in 2003. As the 2015 Iowa Teacher of the Year, Clemencia was the first Latina to receive the Teacher of the Year honor in all of the United States. She now serves as an Ambassador of Education for the State of Iowa, and works on many educational initiatives across the state and the country. During Clemencia’s keynote, she will address the importance of creating a sustainable culture of achievement and understanding for all, inside and outside of the classroom.

You can register for the conference at www.indianhills.edu/diversity. The normal conference fee is $35 for all online registrations through 3/15/16; and $40 for registrations after 3/15/16. Student registration is $10. Lunch is also included, and is being catered by Market On Main.

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