Thanks so much to Mary Bralley of Los Barrios de Amarillo for stopping by High Plains Morning to remind folks in the area that the annual Hispanic Heritage Luncheon is happening TODAY, October 2nd from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at the Wesley Community Center (1615 S. Roberts, Amarillo). The event celebrates the many communities of Hispanic/Latinx heritage living in the Amarillo area, and it features keynote speaker Dr. Elsa Diego-Medrano . This event coincides with National Hispanic Heritage Month (which runs through October 15th.)
For tickets and info, visit their Facebook page. You can also call 806-570-8644 to purchase tickets.
To hear our full interview, click the link below:
MORE ABOUT THE LUNCHEON: Los Barrios de Amarillo, the Amarillo Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Amarillo Chamber of Chamber of Commerce are coming together to organize this event which will honor Hispanic leaders and bring awareness of the contributions made by those leaders to our community. National Hispanic Heritage month will be celebrated September 15 – October 15
This year, our keynote speaker is Dr. Elsa Diego-Medrano. Dr. Diego-Medrano joined the College of Education in 2008. She received a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies in 1992 from Texas Tech University. She taught 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade and was a reading Recovery teacher in the public-school system for sixteen years while working toward a M.Ed. in Language and Literacy in 2000 and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in literacy in 2013.
She serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Education where she has taught Language Arts Methods, ESL Methods, Bilingual Methods, Language Development, Psychology Reading and Early Childhood courses. She received the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2015, is a member of Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education and is currently the Plains Region Representative, a member of various leadership groups in the Amarillo community, and has developed a partnership with Eastridge Elementary, a school with a high concentration of refugees and second language learners.
Dr. Diego-Medrano’s research interest include teacher education preparation, bilingual education, and Latina’s in higher education. She has submitted and published articles and presented at local, state, and national conferences on these topics.
Dr. Diego-Medrano is also interested in student retention and leadership. She is currently the faculty advisor for the Bilingual/ESL Education Student Organization (BESO) and has mentored students who have attended the Harvard Latino Leadership Institute and the National Adelante Leadership Institute.
She has accompanied students on a Go Global Study Abroad trip to Costa Rica with Social Work students and conducted a site visit for The College of Education. Her goals for the Las Claveillnas collaborative include developing relationships with stake holders to plan and assist in the areas of writing development, student assessment, and designing a study abroad experience to develop cultural competence for education candidates and an intense language experience for bilingual candidates.