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On 2/08, a group of 14 Castle Park High School students attended the 21st Annual Chicana/Latina High School Conference at San Diego State University. Students were excited to participate in this event in the company their Academic Advocates and many other students from San Diego County.

The day opened with performances ranging from Danza Azteca, Ballet Folklorico en Aztlan, and spoken word poetry by a current SDSU student. This was followed by an inspirational key note speaker, Dr. Irene Lara. Dr. Lara, who is a Castle Park High alumna, shared words of wisdom and discussed her research in healing. CVPromise students were excited to learn that a professor at SDSU is a fellow Trojan and thought her speech was very motivational.

The workshops were highly educational and engaging. They provided students with information about the history of education and our culture, campus resources for first generation college students, body image, inclusion and diversity on campus, among other topics.

Through lunch, students shared what they learned among each other and enjoyed more performances by SDSU student groups.

Advocates assigned CVPromise students to interview one college student. The Trojans enjoyed learning about the college students’ majors, their favorite things about college, and tips to prepare them for college while in high school.

There was a high level of energy throughout the day and all speakers, performances, food, and workshops were amazing! We thank San Diego State University’s Association of Chicana Activists (A.Ch.A.) for working hard to put together a wonderful conference and for inspiring our CVPromise students to pursue a higher education!

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