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Bronx Institute Students Attend 'Ready to Lead' Conference at Lehman

January 11, 2011

President Fernández welcomes students to the 'Ready to Lead' Conference.

Lehman hosted the third annual "Ready to Lead" Conference last month for 125 ninth- and tenth-graders in the Bronx Institute's GEAR UP program. This day-long leadership development and college awareness program for Latino high school students was organized by the Bronx Institute and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI). After welcoming remarks by Lehman President Ricardo R. Fernández, students received information about the importance of college, the admissions process, leadership skills, and financial aid. One workshop gave students the opportunity to meet with prominent Hispanic lawyers, business people, doctors, and academics.

The CHCI was established in 1978 by Hispanic members of Congress to collaborate with business, academic, and community leaders to develop leadership programs and provide career opportunities for young Hispanics.

"It felt good to hear successful Hispanic people talk about their lives and efforts to achieve their goals. It made me believe that if they could be successful, I could be successful, too," said Richell Matias, a student at Truman High School. "I definitely left the conference feeling more determined to set higher goals for myself."

"This program is an opportunity for young Latinos to learn from mentors, clarify their educational goals, and develop the confidence and determination to persist in spite of the challenges they encounter," said Professor Herminio Martinez (Middle and High School Education), executive director of The Bronx Institute. "We look forward to continuing and strengthening our collaborative relationship with CHCI."