Announcing The Francisco and Laura Jimenez Breaking Through Scholarship!

francisco-y-laura-jimenezThe Francisco and Laura Jimenez Breaking Through Scholarship at Santa Clara University (SCU)!

It gives us great pleasure in announcing the Francisco and Laura Jimenez Breaking Through Scholarship! We are pleased that this initiative is being co-led by one of our Cultura Ambassador, Josef Castaneda-Liles.

Dr. Francisco Jiménez and his wife Laura Jimenez have dedicated their lives to empowering Latino students and first-generation students from various backgrounds. Coming from humble beginnings as a migrant farm worker, Dr. Jiménez earned his undergraduate degree from Santa Clara University in 1966 and a doctorate from Columbia University. He returned to SCU and led a successful career in teaching, advocacy and writing that spanned more than forty years. He published multiple books that chronicled his experience as an immigrant and first-generation college student that have touched the lives of countless individuals. His wife Laura Jimenez (class of 1967) worked at SCU for 19 years, including her service as the first staff member of SCU’s community-based Eastside Project.

Inspired by the legacy of the Jiménez family, the SCU Chicano/Latino Alumni Chapter is leading the effort to raise $100,000 to endow the Francisco and Laura Jiménez Breaking Through Scholarship, which will support first-generation college students at SCU. Our desire is to honor Francisco Jiménez this year in recognition of his 50th undergraduate reunion. We are pleased to have an initial $25,000 matching gift challenge from an SCU parent inspired by Dr. Jiménez’s story. Please join us in honoring Francisco and Laura’s legacy of service by making a gift to this scholarship. Visit https://mysantaclara.scu.edu/GIVE/Jimenez to learn more and make your gift today.

Ivan Reyes & Gabriel Lomeli guiding Latino youth!

 

We are delighted to feature the work and involvement of two Silicon Valley Latino Cultura Ambassadors, Ivan Reyes Martinez and Gabriel Lomeli. We are very proud of how Ivan has dedicated his career to supporting and empowering our local Latino youth through the work he leads as the Director of MACLA’s Digital Media Academy and of course Gabriel is often here offering his expertise and support to the program’s youth. Nicely done gentlemen, please continue to inspire the next generations of creative Latinos, we will continue to feature your collective work.

Jessica Ruvalcaba – SVL Cultura Ambassador

 

Today’s SVL Cultura Ambassador is Jessica Ruvalcaba

A Field Marketing Manager for the Cisco America’s Theater Marketing Enablement team focused on driving awareness and adoption of marketing and services solutions programs across the America’s. Jessica serves on the board of Conexión (Cisco’s ERO group) as the Director of Talent Development Pipeline in where she drives Cisco’s talent pipeline through business partnerships, mentoring programs, and specialized technology focused programs to increase innovation and influence Cisco’s growth.

Jessica Ruvalcaba - SVL Cultura Ambassador

Moreover, Jessica is a Cisco inclusion and diversity Ambassador in where she advocates and preforms as a role model for Cisco values and commitment to diversity and inclusion. Jessica helps build a culture of inclusion by recognizing cultural observances and initiating diversity efforts in the workplace.

 

Jessica earned a B.S. in Business Administration and an Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) both from California State University of Monterey Bay.

 

Today, Jessica is not just only executing marketing activities on a day-to-day basis for Cisco, her passion for philanthropy has led her to actively engage in her community by volunteering in different nonprofit organizations.

 

LIT College Tour/Conference – Silicon Valley

 

On Saturday May 3rd The Lit College Tour/Conference made its Silicon Valley stop at the San Jose State University campus where numerous professionals shared their backgrounds, insights and personal stories with local college students from the San Francisco Bay Area.  Special thanks goes out to the principal organizer and conference producer, Mario Cobian.  SVL had a great time covering this exciting and worthwhile event and SVL founder and CEO enjoyed participating as we panelist. Additionally, SVL 40 Under 40 Latinos2Watch honorees Jessica Ruvalcaba and Mia Perez also participated as panelists throughout the day. Students listened to various professional and experts talk about STEAM, Crowd Funding, Personal Branding, Marketing, Entertainment, Media and Entrepreneurship. SVL looks forward to partnering with the LIT College Tour when it returns to Silicon Valley next year!

 

LIT College Tour/Conference - Silicon Valley

On Saturday May 3rd The LIT College Tour/Conference made its Silicon Valley stop at the San Jose State University campus where numerous professionals shared their backgrounds, insights and personal stories with local college students from the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Build a Webpage – in a Day for young Latinas

Build a Webpage- in a Day for young Latinas

black girls CODE along with Latino Startup Alliance & Google held a class at MEDA SF to teach young ladies between the ages of 7-17 how to Build a Webpage.

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Silicon Valley Latino 40 Under 40 Latin@s2Watch

Inaugural Silicon Valley Latino 40 Under 40 Latin@s2Watch Event

Silicon Valley Latino held its inaugural 40 under 40 Latin@s2Watch event celebrating up and coming Latin@s at Charles Schwab headquarters in San Francisco.

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An Innovative Educational Strategy

Take a moment to reflect on your middle & high school experience. The awkwardness, the peer pressure, the pains of growing up-although challenging- these experiences helped us develop resiliency. In our ever-changing world, the importance of strong, viable school communities cannot be denied. More and more research is showing that in order to be excellently prepared for a successful career and life in our global society, adolescents need to develop essential skills, such as: innovation, adaptability, critical analysis, cross-cultural communication, and teamwork.

At E3: Education, Excellence & Equity, this is the skill set they are instilling within middle and high school students via three strengths-based approaches: professional development for educators, innovative tools for effective student engagement, and a leadership development program for the most at-risk students, which includes educational outings and a multi-media project. Their consistent results each year are remarkable: 90% of teachers report that student engagement increases in their classroom, students increase their G.P.A.’s while decreasing their suspension & absence rates.

What is truly innovative about E3 is the focus on an interactive strengths-based approach, in which the competencies students have gained from their diverse life experiences are recognized and matched to the correlating 21st century skills. This shift in paradigm boosts students’ self-esteem and confidence. Once their resiliency is highlighted and they realize the value & interdependency of their lived & learned experiences, students are able to reach academic success. By using technology to guide students through a digital story project, they not only gain multi-media skills, but also the understanding of how resiliency can help us succeed in both social and academic situations.

*E3 imagines a future where educators embrace the lived and learned experiences of each student, and value the strengths that each child brings into the classroom.  In this future, all children achieve academic success, graduate from high school, and have the skills required for their next steps in an ever-changing world.

For more information, please visit: e3ed.org and contact us at: admin@e3ed.org