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The College Camp Series will feature bilingual workshops and panels led by college representatives, community leaders, and business professionals for middle school students, high school students, and their parents.
The day-long event will provide participants with the tools and information needed to navigate their own path to a higher education. Workshops will conclude with an Opportunity Drawing for HSF gift bags, a $100 Wells Fargo prepaid card, and an iPad mini!
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Senior Vice President of Scholarships and Programs
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Norma Vega currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Scholarships and Programs at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund in Los Angeles and Executive Director of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute (HSFI) in Washington, DC. She oversees all operations and management of scholarship processing, implementation of outreach, scholar support services, and leadership development and federal grants/STEM programs (HSFI).
Prior to joining HSF, Norma worked in Washington, DC as a Senior Advocacy Consultant at the Ibarra Strategy Group – a government and public affairs firm where she handled intergovernmental support, external communications, Latino outreach, and political affairs.
Before moving to DC, Norma served as Executive Director of the Office of the Census 2010 in the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In this capacity, she developed a citywide educational and community outreach campaign that resulted in the highest mail participation rate of any other comparable city and thus ensured that California did not lose a congressional seat, as originally predicted. Previously, she worked in the Mayor’s office as Area Director, serving as liaison to the community, civic groups, and city departments.
Ms. Vega began her career at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) as a paralegal. Later as the Belmont Parent School Partnership Director, she organized parents to ensure the construction of the Ed Roybal Learning Center and the Vista Hermosa Park (the first new public park to have been built in downtown LA, since 1895). She then served as a national trainer where she partnered with parent groups, teachers, school district administrators, and community stakeholders to implement effective parent engagement strategies. At the same time, she worked with parents locally to develop and execute a successful grass-roots legal campaign and organized a coalition of community stakeholders. This resulted in the savings of $95 million and the construction of the three schools at the former Ambassador Hotel site – the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools.
Norma is a passionate and motivated community leader who has dedicated her career to advocating and organizing for social justice issues and enhancing the quality of life for under-served communities. She was recently appointed to serve on the inaugural board of trustees of the American Latino Heritage Fund – a fund of the National Park Foundation established by U. S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. She also serves on the board for the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory and supports several non-profits and advocacy campaigns. She was awarded an American Marshall Memorial Fellowship and traveled to Europe on a trans-Atlantic exchange of emerging leaders. Additionally, she has participated in visitation programs to South Korea and Mexico. Ms. Vega graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine. She was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Los Angeles.
Olga Lopez is a district manager for Wells Fargo in Dallas, responsible for managing 150 team members and 11 banking stores with more than $200 million in deposits. She has over 20 years of banking experience, encompassing sales and leadership positions with Dayton State Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Wachovia and Wells Fargo. She has served as branch manager, lender, sales and service coach, small business manager and retail sales leader, and took her current position in 2009. Lopez is Secretary and a member of the board of directors for the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She earned the chamber’s 2013 President’s Award, given annually to a board member who has made a significant contribution during the year. She is active in the community, supporting agencies such as the March of Dimes and United Way, and is the immediate past chair of Latin Connection, a network of Wells Fargo team members who volunteer with organizations that support the Latino community. Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Lopez and her two children live in Dallas.
Chief Education Consultant
Raul Magdaleno, is the Chief Education Consultant for The Magdaleno Group, providing innovative education strategies to corporations, non-profit, government agencies, universities and school districts who are committed to reducing the drop out rate and increase college enrollment among Latino students. Magdaleno is also the Founder and Chairman of The Magdaleno Leadership Institute, a non-profit organization devoted to building servant leaders and become the next ‘Navy Seals’ of community empowerment. Most recently, Magdaleno was appointed by the U.S. Senate Majority Leader and confirmed by Congress, to serve a four-year term on the U.S. Congressional National Board of Directors, Congress’s highest award for youth.
Prior to becoming a CEC, Magdaleno served as Special Assistant to the Dean and oversaw the department of Diversity and Community Engagement for Southern Methodist University (SMU) Meadows School of the Arts. As Director he developed the University’s first diversity and community service office and founded Texas’ first Hispanic Youth Institute at SMU.
In addition to Magdaleno professional career, he has dedicated his life to public service, which began at age thirteen, where he served in various leadership capacities at Reconciliation Outreach (RO) accumulating over 30,000 hours of community service. As a result of his tireless dedication and commitment to his community, he earned the U.S. Congressional Award Gold Medal, the highest civilian award given by the United States Congress. In 2001 he helped found “The Refuge,” a shelter for battered women and children, through RO. Since its inception RO has raised over $5.8 million in assets, making it one of the largest privately funded non-profits in the Greater Dallas area with its creation of a low-income housing, elementary school, community soup kitchen, a single woman and men homeless shelter, a Children’s and Youth Recreation Center, and a multi-story non-profit leasing center.
As a result of Magdaleno’s exemplary community urban development initiatives and inspirational story he will be inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Alumni Hall of Fame on October 16,2013 in New York City. In 2010 he was voted the National Latino Leader of the Year , in the same year Dallas voted and named him the 2010 One Man Dallas. To date Raul has spoken to millions of people across the country as a champion for higher education and has been featured as a special guest on CNN, Univision Don Francisco Presenta Show and NBC among many other broadcasts and print publications.
Magdaleno professional leadership affiliations include: National Speaker for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute; Board of Directors for Educate Dallas; Chairman of the Dallas Red Light Enforcement Commission; Former Texas Chairman of the Hispanic Youth Institute; Former Chairman of the Greater Dallas Hispanic, Asian, Black and LGBT Chamber of Commerce Annual Project; Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Advisory Board and Board Vice-President for Reconciliation Academy.
Raul earned a bachelor's degree in corporate communication and public affairs from Southern Methodist University in 2006 and is currently working on academic research in hopes to be a viable candidate for the Doctorate of Education Leadership Ed.,L.D.) at Harvard Graduate School of Education. In addition, he is the proud caregiver of his elderly mother, Maria Zermeño and in the process of adopting his older sister, Sylvia Magdaleno, who is gifted with down syndrome.
Raul is currently working on creating a homeless shelter for college students in the country.