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Published 10/2/2003
Northwest Ohio Community Leaders to Discuss Hispanic Heritage at Owens, Oct. 9

A consortium of Northwest Ohio's educators and leaders will gather at Owens Community College to discuss important issues concerning the Hispanic community on Thursday, October 9. This event continues the College's on-going celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

The forum titled "Hispanic Heritage Moving Forward" will occur from 12-2 p.m. in the College's Audio/Visual Classroom Center, Rooms 125-128 (AVCC) on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

In conjunction with National Hispanic Heritage Month, the panel discussion will focus on societal and diversity topics affecting residents throughout Northwest Ohio. The forum will present issues related to the increasing Hispanic population, growing concerns regarding education, scholarship opportunities, racial profiling and the rising number of immigrants. Beginning at 12:30 p.m., the forum will commence with welcoming remarks by Owens Community College President Christa Adams, Ph.D.

Jason Martinez, a reporter for WTVG-TV ABC Channel 13 in Toledo, will serve as moderator for the open forum discussion. Among the seven panel members are Margarita De Leon, Publisher and Editor, "Bravo"; Robert Torres, Director of Latino Initiatives, City of Toledo; Jose Luna, Public School System Liaison, City of Toledo; Maria Rodriguez Winter, Rodriguez Winter Allstate Insurance Agency; Dr. Dee Morales, Executive Director of Latino Initiatives, University of Toledo; Danny Contreras, Retired Captain, Lucas County Sheriff's Office, and Linda Stacy, Vice President of the Workforce and Community Services Division, Owens Community College.

"Owens Community College is honored to serve as the forum for such a distinguished panel of experts," said Tammie Hechler, Owens Coordinator of Equal Opportunity/Diversity. "Their engaging dialogue will bring to the forefront issues impacting the future of our surrounding communities."

Owens serves as Northwest Ohio's number one choice in higher education for the Latino community. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area Campuses, Owens' Latino enrollment for the Fall Semester is 768 students. In comparison, 445 Latino students are attending the University of Toledo and 542 students are enrolled at Bowling Green State University during the current fall term.

The program also will include a power point presentation depicting images of prominent Hispanic Americans. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to view a variety of photographs, paintings and drawings created by local Hispanic youth. Authentic Mexican pastries and refreshments will be provided during the event.

For additional information about the forum, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7102 or (567) 661-7102.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 26 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 40,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor 's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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