On April 4, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members gathered in UCI's Pacific Ballroom for the second annual Latino Excellence and Achievement Dinner (LEAD). LEAD was initiated a year ago by a UCI School of Education alumna, Veronica Ahumada Newhart, who recognized that the campus needed an event to recognize the achievements and contributions of California's largest community.
On April 4, the Ballet Folklórica de UCI started the evening with a set of historical dances. Chancellor Howard Gillman welcomed attendees and provided an introduction for the evening's keynote speaker, the Honorable Salvador Sarmiento, Orange County Superior Court Judge and a UCI alumnus.
As the evening's invited speaker, Dr. Veronica Newhart explained the three goals that underlay the event:
Each UCI School and department attended the 2019 LEAD event, with attendance exceeding 350.
In addition to recognizing outstanding student achievers from each unit (PhD student Wendy Ochoa was the School of Education honoree), LEAD recognized four UCI campus-wide awardees.
The next Latino event for the campus will be Nuestra Graduación 2019, UCI's official Latino Commencement ceremony.