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2009.03.23 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Lambda Theta Nu to Host Middle School Latinas at March 27 Conference

Omaha - Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc., the first Latina sorority to charter in Nebraska, has invited 120 Latina students from four Omaha Public Schools to attend its eighth annual Latina Youth Leadership Conference (LYLC) Friday, March 27. The conference runs 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the College of Public Affairs and Community Service building (CPACS) on the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) campus.

The group's mission is to encourage 12- to 15-year-old Latinas from Bryan, Beveridge, Norris and Marrs middle schools to pursue higher education. The conference will offer workshops and activities, including gang-prevention, cultural identity, self esteem and a student panel. An attorney with Mexican heritage, and co-founder of Nebraska Hispanic Bar Association, Shirley A. Mora James, will be the keynote speaker.

The workshop presenters include Latino community leader such as Alberto “Beto” Gonzales from the South Omaha Boys and Girls Club, UNO professor Thomas Sanchez and Creighton University’s Educational Opportunity Programs leader Annette Crowder.

LYLC is made possible through local sponsorships, including the UNO Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the American Multicultural Student Agency, as well as other Latino community leaders and small businesses who volunteer their services.

Each chapter of Lambda Theta Nu hosts a Latina Youth Leadership Conference in their local communities. The Omicron Chapter founded at UNO in 2000 held their first conference in 2001 by inviting 25 Latinas from Norris Middle School.

The conference became part of Lambda Theta Nu’s national philanthropy program after a study in 2001 by the American Association of University Women found that “Hispanic girls have a higher high school dropout rate than girls in any other racial or ethnic group and are the least likely to earn a college degree.”

Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc., was established on March 11, 1986, at California State University at Chico with the ideals of community service, academic excellence and sisterhood. Its national community program is called “Tijeras,” a five-point program with the motto of “cutting through to enhance educational opportunities for Latinos.” The program includes the Latina Youth Leadership Conference, a literacy program and scholarships for Latina high school seniors enrolling in a university or trade school.

Call UNO student Leslie Espino at (308) 249-1638 for more information.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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