UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi: Youth leadership conference honors César Chávez

Chancellor Katehi sits in the crowd to watch performers

Chancellor Katehi with conference attendees.

I was invited to speak at a wonderful event this past weekend – The 12th Annual César Chávez Youth Leadership Conference in Roseville. This conference was founded by Rene Aguilera, a UC Davis alum and Roseville City School District board trustee. Rene wanted to honor the late César Chávez with a day of service for youth that was focused on promoting and celebrating education.

It was a gathering that brought students, families and educators together to celebrate education and get information about obtaining a college education. The day-long conference offered workshops on college preparation, career development and even had local youth perform traditional folkloric dances – they were amazing!

Small girl dressed in folkloric dress

Young girl who performed a Jarocho dance from state of Veracruz, México.

UC Davis was so well represented through our alumni; many of whom danced, spoke and participated in the organization of the event.  I also met with many families and students of all ages who want to come to UC Davis to pursue their education. It was a fun and very meaningful event with tremendous impact on attracting the best and most promising students to our campus.

This conference sends a great message to parents and students about the importance of a college education and it is something that I look forward to being a part of in the future.

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