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Mendocino College 23rd Annual Latino Student Retreat

The 23rd Annual Latino Student Retreat will be held at Mendocino College on May 6th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will begin at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts on the Ukiah Campus and then break up into smaller workshop sessions.   Approximately 200 high school students from Anderson Valley, Clearlake, Ft. Bragg, Kelseyville, Point Arena, Potter Valley, South Valley, Ukiah, Upper Lake, and Willits will be in attendance. 

The purpose of the Latino Student Retreat is to promote social and cultural awareness to all high school students from Mendocino and Lake Counties, and it includes motivational speeches and workshops, entertainment and lunch.  The event has increased in popularity since its inception 23 years ago and it continues to draw well-known and excellent Latino role models as presenters from political, legal, business, and artistic fields.  This year’s theme is “Superándonos—Mano a Mano (Rise Above).” 

The program will host two accomplished key note presenters, who will also serve as moderators for the workshops:  Boston physician, Jaime Vásquez, and Mendocino County Deputy District Attorney, Sergio Fuentes.

Dr. Vásquez was born in Mexico and immigrated with his family to the United States.  He graduated from Ukiah High School and then went on to attend Brown University in Rhode Island.  After graduation, he worked as a business analyst in Washington, D.C. and in England.  In 2002, he embarked on his dream of becoming a medical doctor by returning to Brown University.  Since then, he has earned his M.D., helped to write a university textbook, and is finishing an emergency medicine program at Brown.

Deputy District Attorney, Sergio Fuentes, also a Ukiah High School graduate, earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in biology (human genetics) from Santa Clara University.  While at Santa Clara he was drawn to solving science and law problems, but during his senior year he decided to help his community by becoming a lawyer.  After graduation, he worked full-time for the Victim Witness Department of the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office while enrolled at Empire College School of Law.  After graduating and passing the bar, he was hired as a prosecutor for Mendocino County.

Students will benefit from participating in two workshops. The first that will focus on the career paths that several Mendocino College students are following and the second will have speakers representing several programs that support the dreams and goals of Latino students.

For further information about the Latino Student Retreat, please call Jean Stirling, Counselor, at (707) 468-3048 or email,



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