2014 Puerto Rican Leadership Summit Inspires Hundreds of Students, Educators, and Leaders at The University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida
More than 250 high school students, educators, and community leaders from Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties attended the educational summit.
October 6, 2014
Orlando, FL – Dr. Cynthia Morales, Assistant Director of Multicultural Support Services, greeted attendees of the 2014 Puerto Rican Leadership Summit on behalf of the University of Central Florida. “Education is the only thing that you have that nobody can take away from you,” said Dr. Morales. She stated that only 3 out of 1,000 Latinos earn a doctorate degree but, it is absolutely possible. “I have been there,” she said. More than 250 high school students, educators, and community leaders from Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties attended the educational summit.
Author Jesús Omar Rivera also known as “El Boricuazo” spoke at the Summit held on Monday, October 6 on the main campus of the University of Central Florida. “The avalanche of negative information about Puerto Rico in shocking,” said Rivera. “Everything you hear on radio, television, and the press is negative.” He told attendees that his fourth grade teacher once said, “We have to teach about Puerto Rico, but, unfortunately, there is not much to say about Puerto Rico.”
“Why didn’t the teacher tell us that the oldest government structure in all of America, from Canada to Chile, is the fortification in San Juan?” he said. “Why didn’t the teacher tell us that the oldest coat of arms in all of America, from Canada to Chile, is the Lamb of Puerto Rico?” Rivera found evidence to support that there is no other place in the world with similar size and population with as many contributions to humanity as the island of Puerto Rico.
Olga E. Custodio, an American Airlines pilot for 20 years, spoke to the attendees about her experience as a female pilot. “My last airplane was the 767,” she said. “It was a man’s world. Passengers would ask me, Can I get a pillow? Can I get a blanket?” Custodio directed them to a flight attendant and let them know that she would fly them to their destination.
José Baez, trial attorney, introduced Television News Journalist Geraldo Rivera, to deliver the keynote address. Baez shared highlights of Rivera’s career including award winning investigative reports, interviews, and television programs.
National Puerto Rican Leadership Council
The National Puerto Rican Leadership Council Education Fund is an organization made up of Puerto Ricans – and individuals that identify with Puerto Rico – living in the United States. The mission of the NPRLCEF is to discover and then expose its members to new and exciting educational and business opportunities.
This initiative emerged as a consensus among community leaders of a need to promote education in diverse areas such as economic, political, and civic participation and advancement among Puerto Ricans. The main goal of the organization is to create an environment for Puerto Ricans and others living in the Mainland to network with business, government officials, and professional prospects that fit their personal and/or business profile.
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