Gabriela Perez invited to Hispanic Latino Summit
Campus leader Gabriela Perez, 22, senior of Sioux City, Iowa, represented CSC at the Hispanic Latino Summit in Kearney, Monday, Oct. 16.
Director of Admissions Lisa Stein submitted Perez’s name for the Summit after being contacted by Rachel Henry, the Director of Marketing for the Nebraska State College System. After Henry contacted Perez, about the opportunity, she said yes.
“I thought, one, it would be a good experience just to go out and travel and, two, talk about my experiences at Chadron State, because I love Chadron State College, and then third, I thought it would look great as a resume builder to go out and participate in something like this,” Perez said.
Perez traveled to Kearney Sunday night, after a weekend away with the CSC Cheer Team. Monday, Perez attended the Summit and drove back to Chadron.
While at the Summit, Perez was one of three student representatives chosen from the state colleges. The other two attending the conference were from Wayne State College. A fourth from Peru State College was supposed to attend, but could not make it due to car troubles.
Perez and the other representatives were a part of a student panel where they shared experiences about being a Hispanic student, roommate horror stories and being a first generation college student. Perez also shared about her small campus and developing close relationships with her professors and CSC President Randy Rhine.
“It’s very positive and heart-warming, I guess, to see students and families similar to myself, that are going to be beginning their college experience and maybe even opening the doors for their siblings like I did,” Perez said.
As a CSC Admissions Ambassador, co-captain of the CSC Cheer Team, Homecoming Queen, Eagle Leader, member of Project Strive, leader of the Nearly Naked Mile, and even more, Perez has secured her role as a leader on campus. She said that she is excited to bring back her experiences and Hispanic culture to CSC. She also hopes to open the doors to others who are Hispanic and in the area.