Penn State Berks holds Latino Forum for high school students and community

Eleventh annual event is part of Hispanic Heritage Month
Roy Juarez

Roy Juarez Jr.

Credit: Courtesy of Roy Juarez

WYOMISSING, Pa. — As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Penn State Berks will hold its 11th annual Latino Forum from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, in the college’s Perkins Student Center Auditorium. This special event is free and open to students from all Berks County high schools, as well as members of the local Hispanic and Latino community.

During the Latino Forum, Roy Juarez Jr. will deliver the keynote presentation, “My Bag, My Home,” followed by tours of the campus. Juarez founded the human development company IMPACTtruth Inc. in 2005 with a dream to inspire youth and reunite families by sharing his turbulent yet inspirational life story. In 2018, Juarez published “Homeless by Choice: A Memoir of Love, Hate, and Forgiveness,” a riveting account of his decision to live homeless again — this time by choice.

The mission of the Latino Forum is to empower Latino students to pursue higher education. The event provides inspiration and motivation for students as they learn that higher education is both desirable and attainable.

This event is supported by the Humanities Institute, the Berks Campus Student Initiated Fee, the Howard O. and Jean Beaver Endowment for Guest Lecturers at Berks Campus, and the Mrs. Harold McI. Grout and Mrs. C. Glenn Kauffman Endowment for the Arts. For additional information, contact Donna Chambers, assistant teaching professor of Spanish, at 610-396-6332 or via email at [email protected].


Donna Chambers

Lecturer in Spanish at Penn State Berks

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