Empowerment Through Collaboration Is Focus of May 10 Hispanic Faculty/Staff Association Leadership Symposium

The passion that stirs people to become better leaders will be explored during the 2011 Leadership Symposium presented by the Hispanic Faculty/Staff Association (HF/SA) at The University of Texas at Austin on May 10.

Luis Guevara, chair of the HF/SA Leadership Symposium Committee, said the symposium from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Santa Rita Suite (3.502) of the Texas Union is free and open to the public but seating is limited and registration is required. Registration information is available online. On-site registration on the day of the event will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Guevara said the symposium, titled "Empowering Our Community Through Collaboration," offers innovative ideas and tools to help participants become more effective and efficient leaders. Information sharing, skills development and networking opportunities will be available during the event.

Angela Valenzuela, associate vice president for school partnerships at the university, will speak during the opening event at 9 a.m. Ernesto Nieto, president, and Gloria de Leon, executive vice president, of the National Hispanic Institute, will be the noon speakers, Guevara said.

Valenzuela is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Department of Educational Administration at the university, where she also is director of the Texas Center for Education Policy.

Nieto, who is originally from Houston, is a distinguished alumnus of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and recently was named to that university's board of trustees. De Leon is originally from McAllen, Texas, and is a distinguished alumnus of The University of Texas-Pan American. Both have been recognized by the National Association for College Admission Counseling and were awarded honorary doctorates by Texas Wesleyan University.

The Leadership Symposium, sponsored by the Hispanic Faculty/Staff Association, the Office of the President, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, the Cockrell School of Engineering, the College of Education, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the School of Information, the Center for Mexican American Studies and the University Federal Credit Union, features three breakout sessions and one plenary session addressing the themes of the symposium.