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Area students participate in Hispanic Summer Leadership Camp

Contact: Rene Abadie


    HAMMOND –  Nearly 40 students from area colleges and universities recently completed a summer camp at Southeastern Louisiana University designed to enhance their leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
     The second annual Hispanic Business and Leadership Camp hosted students from Southeastern, LSU, Nicholls State University and Delgado Community College. Sponsored by the Hispanic Business and Leadership Institute in Southeastern’s College of Business, the program focuses advancing the professional development and growth of young Hispanic leaders and other interested students.
     “This is an outstanding opportunity for young Hispanic students to discover new opportunities in their lives and to learn the practical skills they need to advance in the real world,” said Aristides Baraya, director of the institute and a member of the College of Business faculty.
     “The Hispanic community has become a growing economic force in south Louisiana,” he added. “By training these young leaders and directing them to the resources they will need to develop business opportunities in their lives, we are also helping to improve and strengthen the economic development of our state.”
     The students were encouraged to do their part to help develop a solid citizenry that can enhance the social, political and economic development of their respect regions, he added.
     Conference speakers included Marco Ameglio, a member of the Panama Canal Board of Directors; Jaime Barroso, deputy mayor of the city of Panama; Johana Valero, director of the Melanie Klein Foundation of Colombia’s management and entrepreneur program; Darlene Kattan, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana; Martin Gutierrez, Catholic Charities of New Orelans; and members of the College of Business faculty.

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