The members of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. were so inspired by the success of their third annual Latina Youth Leadership Conference, that plans are already underway for next year.
Mariana Cruz, a junior secondary education major from Grand Island said the best part of the conference was inspiring all the young ladies who attended the conference. Cruz said, “Middle school is definitely a difficult time and age to face. It is a time where their peers are so judgmental. That point in their life can make an entire difference in where their life takes them in high school.”
Members of the national sorority hosted this conference for over 200 seventh and eighth grade girls from schools such as, Lexington, Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings, Cozad, Columbus, Schuyler, Wood River and Gibbon. All of these young women had the opportunity to attend workshops that helped them focus on self-esteem, how to obtain a higher education, alcohol prevention and decisions that would positively or negatively affect their future.
“If you can’t get through it, go above it!” was the Latina Youth Leadership Conference motto.
The Latina Youth Leadership Conference is the Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc.’s national philanthropy. Every chapter is required to put on this conference in order to help and support the Latino community. The conference focused on providing a safe, fun and educational environment in which young women can learn and grow. It promoted young Latina leaders and engaged the young women in workshops and discussions that empower and help them succeed in upcoming challenges in life.
The workshops were conducted by the women of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. and included keynote speakers such as Jake Jacobsen from the department of communication, Dusty Newton, the director of admissions at the university and other faculty such as Tim Davis from the college of business and technology, Jeff Lange from counseling and health care and Becca Carstensen, also from counseling and health care.
This year’s conference was led by Monica Arroyo, a sophomore from Schuyler and Cristina Rodriguez, a sophomore from Grand Island. The entire chapter also contributed to the conference’s planning and success.
There will be another conference held next year. “For next year’s conference we hope to invite more ladies to participate and attend our conference. We are also hoping to continue partnering up with more UNK organizations and departments to collaborate and continue to reach and inspire more ladies,” Mariana said.