Recent Events

June 2022: Despedida and Graduation Ceremony

¡LEAD! students and their supporters gathered outside the VPAC on June 9 to celebrate the end of the 2021-2022 academic year and to honor our students who are graduating or transferring this year.

student with instructor

students with instructors and college president

three students arm in arm

LEAD students with stoles

three instructors

group of students and instructors

May 2022: Latinx Mental Health

Our Latinx community struggles to balance relationships, work and leisure. Understanding our culture and solutions is important! This May 19, 2022 event included panels on

A Focus on LGBTQ+ Community
  • Moderators: Steve Nava, LEAD co-coordinator; Val Soto, LEAD mentor
  • Panelists: Christian Aguilar, undocumented scholar and educator; Shaila Ramos, HEFAS program coordinator and co-founder
Indigenous Healing Cultura
  • Sandra Pacheco, UC Berkeley instructor in Gender and Women's Studies, learner and practitioner of Zapotec traditional medicine and indigenous healing practices
  • Felicity Amaya Schaeffer, UC Santa Cruz professor in Feminist Studies and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, author of "Love and Empire: Cybermarriage and Citizenship Across the Americas" and "Unsettled Borders: The Militarized Surveillance on Sacred Indigenous Land"

Christian Aguilar

Christian Aguilar

Shaila Ramos

Shaila Ramos

Sandra Pacheco

Sandra Pacheco

Felicity Amaya Schaeffer

Felicity Amaya Schaeffer

June 2020

LEAD Student Guides coverA group of LEAD peer mentors created these resources to support online learning to share with students and faculty members during this unprecedented time, when the college has shifted to online classes in response to coronavirus health directives. The resources were created by students enrolled in ICS 2B: Practicum in Peer Mentoring, Leadership and Community Building.

October 2019

LEAD students and instructors recently visited an agricultural field as part of a "Farmworker Reality Tour" organized by the Center for Farmworker Families in Felton. They also caught a stage production of Teatro Visión's "Macario" at the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San José.

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September 2019

LEAD students started off the school year with orientation in the Multicultural Center on Sept. 24.

students in two lines talking
instructor talking with students
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