Latino Family Night brings info on college

A coalition of educators and community supporters have worked together to create a new educational opportunity for Hispanic high schools students in Hood River.

On Dec. 5, 5-8 p.m., Dr. Jilma Meneses, Portland State University chief diversity officer, and Mario Mario Mesquita, PSU bilingual admissions counselor, will speak to families and students about new routes to higher education for Latino students.

The free event, hosted at the Hood River campus of Columbia Gorge Community College, will include childcare and dinner for attendees. The evening is hosted by the CGCC Latino Club as part of its annual fiesta.

Students and families will learn about financial aid, scholarships, college programs, transfers between CGCC and PSU, the Dream Act and the many resources available to help ease the transition to college. Meneses is bilingual and additional bilingual CGCC faculty and advisors will be on hand to answer families’ questions.

The Hood River Legalization Project and partner organization The Tree Institute will use a theatrical performance to present issues related to the Dream Act and undocumented students’ special concerns.

The welcome speaker and buffet dinner, catered by Hood River Taqueria, will begin at 5 p.m. Meneses is slated to speak from 5:30-6:15 p.m.

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