“Bridges to Innovation: Building Your Toolkit for Latino Success”

This year, the Latino Affairs Commission hosted its 5th annual Latino Education Summit. The event was our largest yet, with over 300 teachers, administrators and community leaders convening to foster dialogue on the challenges and opportunities facing Ohio's Hispanic students. The full-day summit featured 19 workshops, networking sessions, a panel, and speeches from ODE Superintenent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria and University of Cincinnati AVP and Dean of Students Dr. Juan Guardia.

We are especially grateful to the Ohio Department of Education and the University of Cincinnati for their contributions to the summit. We'd also like to recognize Prospanica Cincinnati and Miami University as partners for this event.

Program Booklet

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Paolo DeMaria
Superintendent of Public Instruction

Ohio Department of Education

DeMaria's Speech Transcript


Dr. Juan Guardia
Assistant VP for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

University of Cincinnati


Thank You To Our Collaborators





Best Practices Presentations

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More will be uploaded as they become available

Sessions A

Changing a Generation – Bridging the Gap for Latino Students
Lisa Imel and Rudy Ramirez,
Academic Innovations, Retired Principal at Indio HS, California


Principal Bryan Hilko, Lorain City Schools


Applying Language Modalities, Domains, and Standards in the Diverse Classroom
Frances Guzmán-Sánchez and Aaron Parker, Cincinnati Public Schools


Building on Best Practices in Latino Career Development: Engaging Science Teachers as Change Agents
Dr. Cassandra Storlie and Dr. Bridget Mulvey, Kent State University


Serving Unaccompanied Children’s Needs through Social Services, Research and Advocacy
Dr. Leila Rodriguez, University of Cincinnati


Victor Leandry, Jesús Sánchez, Asst. Superintendent John Monteleone,
El Centro de Servicios Sociales, Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center, Oberlin City Schools


Patty Fong, Hamilton County Educational Service Center


Immigration Status and Academic Performance: Best Practices for Serving Undocumented and Mixed-Status Student Populations
Kathleen Kersh, Esq. and Lourdes Narvaez,
Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE), Springfield City Schools


Building Science Networks for Latino Students, Faculty and Researches (For Students Only)
J. Marcela Hernández, The Ohio State University


Sessions B

ESL goals – Student Leadership and Connectedness as a Retention and Graduation Strategy
Megan Kreaps, Wilmer Hernández, Angeles Molina Gutierrez, Milton Canales-Molina, Jillian Garcia Moran, Yordy Cabrera, 
Cincinnati Public Schools


Unexpected Challenges in the Classroom: Educating Undocumented and Unaccompanied Latino Students
Dr. Kim Sethna and Farhad Sethna, Esq., 
Ursuline College, Law Offices of Farhad Sethna and University of Akron Law School


Nick Castro, JD. and Priscilla Ayala, University of Cincinnati


Our Journey to Cultural and Linguistic Competency for Latino Students – Responsible Teaching and Community Partnerships
Principal Marie Contreras-Deshuk, Asst. Principal Celina Bigio, Sandra de Rivero, Sandra Peloquin, 
Lorain City Schools


Bilingualism – A NEW Pathway Towards Graduation?
Marie Kobayashi,Kelly Broscheid, Maria Lang,Bryan Wright, Gini Browsh, 
Cincinnati Public Schools, Cincinnati State, Live-a-Language Foundation


Jenny Zhen-Duan, M.A., Kaithlynn Bochenek, M.S.W., L.S.W., Maria Piombo, Ed. D., 
University of Cincinnati


Francisco-Xavier Gómez-Bellengé, Maylin Sambois Sanchez, Michelle Arencivia, 
The Ohio State University, Femergy, Prospanica


Ven y Acompañame – Life Through the Eyes of a Non-U.S. Citizen Latina Scholar
Esther Maria Claros Berlioz, Miami University


Jessica Ramos, Esq. and Maria Otero, Esq., Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE)


Event Photos