Stephen F. Austin State University

Noche De Gala

Noche de Gala
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 Latinx culture while listening to an outstanding Latinx speaker, enjoy Latino music and performers that will showcase the beauty and diversity of the Latinx culture.
Admission: $6 admission for Faulty/Staff/Community Member
$4 admission for Students.
Dinner will be provided with admission*
Dress code: Dress to impress
Tickets will be available for purchase beginning August 28 (Monday) at the info desk on the 1st floor of the Student Center.

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"

2016 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Victor B. Saenz

Victor B. Sáenz, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration within the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a faculty affiliate with the Department of Mexican American and Latino Studies and the Center for Mexican American Studies, and he is a Faculty Fellow with the UT-Austin Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. Dr. Sáenz has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and recently published two books, including one on Latino males in higher education (Stylus Publishing, 2016). His current research agenda seeks to advance research-informed best practices and policy solutions that improve educational outcomes for underserved students in postsecondary education, with a special emphasis on young men of color.
In 2010 Dr. Saenz founded an award-winning initiative called Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success), a multi-pronged effort based at UT-Austin that is focused on advancing success strategies for male students of color across the education pipeline. In 2013 the project launched a statewide initiative called the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color. Supported by two grants from the Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) and TG, this statewide collaborative focuses on improving educational outcomes for male students of color across the state of Texas. The Consortium is made up of over twenty institutional partners in K-12 and higher education, and it seeks to align and coordinate existing programs and services that target underrepresented male students across the education continuum. The Consortium is a coordinated response to the growing statewide educational imperative focused on male students of color.
Dr. Sáenz earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change in 2005 from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he also completed a Master's in Education in 2002. He also earned a Master's degree in Public Affairs (1999, LBJ School of Public Affairs) and a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics (1996, College of Natural Sciences) from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Sáenz is a fourth-generation Texan and a second-generation Longhorn. He was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley and currently lives in Austin, where he and his partner Erica live with their son Victor "Augie" Sáenz.