Stephen F. Austin State University

Noche De Gala

Noche de Gala

Location & Time: Wednesday September 27, 2018 7pm-9pm

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) in celebrating the Hispanic-Latino/a Heritage Month in style. Event attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the diverse Afro-Latinx culture while listening to an outstanding Afro-Latinx speaker, enjoy Latino music and performers that will showcase the beauty and diversity of the Afro-Latinx culture.

Admission: $5 admission for Faulty/Staff/Community Member and $3 admission for Students.

Dinner will be provided with admission*

Dress code: Dress to impress

Tickets are available for purchase at the info desk on the 1st floor of the Student Center.

Noche De Gala 2017

2018 Keynote Speaker: TBA

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) invites the SFA and Nacogdoches community to celebrate the Hispanic- Latino/a Heritage Month in style. Event attendees will have the opportunity to learn from Zahira Kelly, an Afro-Latina writer, artist, international speaker, and an award-winning sociocultural critic. The event will also include various cultural performances, food, and culture.

2017 Keynote Speaker: Michele Siqueiros

Michele Siqueiros grew up in Los Angeles and was the first in her family to graduate from college thanks to federal, state, and college financial aid. She is passionate about the power of college to change lives, and the power of public policy making to expand or constrain college opportunity.
As President of The Campaign for College Opportunity, Michele works to expand access and success in college for California students by raising public attention on the critical challenges facing higher education, mobilizing a broad coalition of supporters, and influencing policymakers. The Campaign's mission to increase college going and completion rates is driven by a strong belief that California's future economic success depends on our ability to produce the best educated workforce in the nation and that our diverse population of young adults deserve the same opportunity provided to previous generations - regardless of race or socio-economic status.
Under her leadership in 2010, the Campaign led the effort for historic transfer reform that makes it easier for students to transfer from any California Community College to the California State University system. She has worked to secure millions in state budget funding for student aid and to expand spots for more students in the state's public colleges and universities. The Campaign has assembled a statewide network of over 12,000 coalition supporters, engaged over 50,000 young people and their families through scholarship contests which awarded well over half a million dollars in scholarships; released over 80 prominent reports on higher education; and passed important legislation improving remedial education, student support services and establishing a community college student success scorecard.
From 2011-14 Michele served as a gubernatorial appointee to the California Student Aid Commission, the state agency responsible for distributing and awarding over $2 billion annually in Cal Grant aid to California college students. Michele graduated from Pitzer College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies with Honors in Chicano/a Studies. She received her Master of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

"I have full faith in the quintessential American promise: that someone who grows up in poverty - with ambition and some opportunity - can do great things and contribute to forming a more perfect union. Higher Education is the opportunity that makes this promise possible"