Posted by Briana Deckard on September 17, 2012
Prior to the start of the academic year, members of the Aurora University Latin American Student Organization (LASO) traveled to Las Vegas to attend the National Conference La Raza (NCLR). The annual conference brings Latinos from all over the U.S. together to build community and leadership, and to discuss topics that involve their culture.
At the conference, AU students took an active role in The Lideres Summit, a small group workshop for high school and college students centered around leadership development. The Lideres Summit gave students the opportunity to present mini-speeches in an encouraging and supportive environment in order to gain confidence in speaking in front of a crowd. Six Aurora students, and LASO faculty Advisor Dr. Eva Serrano presented workshops at this summit.
Ignacio Cervantes, AU LASO president, and his peers lead a workshop titled “Speak with Confidence y Con Ganas!” for the Lideres Summit. In the workshop, the AU students gave tips on public speaking, and how to be confident when taking the stage.
“Presenting at NCLR was a great experience,” said Cervantes. “At first I was a little nervous, however, the audience was very energetic and receptive to my presentation. “
At the end of the workshop, Cervantes was able to see his tips put into practice as students used what they had learned and presented short speeches in small groups.
The conference is just one way that LASO is making a difference in the lives of others. The organization also hosts a variety of on-campus and community activities throughout the year centered around building leaders and fostering growth.