Nearly 300 Attend First Latina Legacy Conference
On Oct. 14, MCPS held its first Latina Legacy Conference, an event to empower young Latina female students. Keynote speaker Melissa Rivera, a communications specialist with the Department of Communications, spoke on overcoming imposter syndrome and reframing failures as redirections and opportunities.
Other speakers included: Alicia Deeny, principal at Richard Montgomery High School; Melissa Laureano, parent community coordinator; Paula Pero, world language resource teacher at Albert Einstein High School; Norca Yarborough, lead Emergent Multilingual Learners (EML) therapeutic counselor, and Karla Lopez-Arias, supervisor with Behavioral Health.
The conference included workshops on history, empowerment, mentorship and wellness; a career panel and a luncheon. Latina community leaders spoke with students about opportunities within and outside MCPS to help prepare them for their futures.