Migrant youth connect with roots, each other

Brenna Greely
Communications and Marketing intern
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 12:58pm

The annual Migrant Youth Leadership Conference at Western Washington University was held on campus March 5.

Attending were roughly 150 middle and high school students from migrant backgrounds and their advocates. The conferemce's theme was "From Strong Roots Come Strong Leaders: Luchando Unidos para un Mejor Futuro (Fighting Together for a Better Future)."

The keynote speaker, Enrique Lopez, is a graduate of Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies' American Cultural Studies program. He grew up in Skagit County and is now working as a family outreach coordinator for Migrant Headstart in Mount Vernon. Lopez is currently exploring graduate programs in educational policy with an emphasis on social justice. He is also a member of the Aztec Dancers Group, young people who honor their cultural roots through teaching the traditional indigenous Aztec principles.

The workshops and activities that took place throughout the day were planned and facilitated by students in the Bridging Barriers with Migrant Youth class and from students groups across campus.

For more information on the conference, contact Maria Timmons Flores at maria.timmonsflores@wwu.edu.


High school students practice their newly-learned Baile Folklorico with traditional, colorful and flowy skirts. Photo by Brenna Greely | Communications and marketing intern