Latino Leadership Symposium
Latino Leadership Symposium
November 7, 2017
Envision yourself. As a scholar, a leader, an agent of change. We know you’ve got what it takes to make a real difference—not just in your school or community, but in the world.
We recognize that great leaders are made, shaped, developed over time. At the 2017 Latino Leadership Symposium, you’ll discover the many ways Nebraska can provide all the tools you’ll need to establish your foundation for success. The change you’ll create and the difference you’ll make all starts here.
You’re already on your way to writing an amazing next chapter in your life’s story. No matter your interests or your passions, your story matters at Nebraska, and we want to help you create it.
The best part? By attending this event, you’ll be eligible for the Emerging Leaders tuition scholarship worth $2,000 and renewable for four academic years.
So what are you waiting for? Come discover how your dreams for a better education, future and life, can be an obtainable reality. #EnvisionYourself
Register by October 27.
Transportation will be available from Omaha and Grand Island. Please use the transportation dropdown on the registration form if you would like to use the free transportation.
The attire for the event is business casual. Please dress accordingly.
Cost: $5/person*—Sorry, no refunds. Cost includes lunch and t-shirt.
*Fee waiver may be approved for students on free and reduced lunch at school.
If you are under the age of 18, please fill out the forms below and bring them with you on the day of the event.
If you have any questions about this event, please contact the Nebraska Office of Admissions at 800-742-8800, ext. 2023.
Tony Vargas has devoted his career to public service and advocacy and is currently serving in the Nebraska Legislature as the Senator from District 7, representing South and Downtown Omaha. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, State-Tribal Relations Committee, and Vice Chair of the Legislature's Planning Committee, Tony has worked to balance the state’s budget while also protecting vital state services and acting as a voice for the underprivileged. In his first legislative session, Tony introduced LB 427, which sought to remove barriers to education faced by pregnant and parenting students. In his brief time in the Unicameral, Tony has emerged as a thoughtful and compassionate leader, capable of working across party lines to improve the lives of all Nebraskans.
Tony began his career as a public school teacher in New York City with Teach for America. He received the award of “Most Outstanding Teacher” in 2008 from the New York City Council and also received the “Teacher of the Year” award from the local Lions Club. His next role was as an instructional and leadership development coach, where he worked with teachers and school leaders across the highest-need public schools in the New York City Department of Education. As a result of his work, he was appointed to serve on the New York State Board of Education Professional Teacher Standards and Practices Board, where he advised state leaders on education policy impacting teacher support and development. Since then, he has worked in the non-profit and education sectors, striving to improve the quality of education of thousands of children across the United States.
Tony is currently the Director of Policy and Advocacy for a national education non-profit and is also proud to serve as a founding board member for the New Leaders Council-Omaha. A first generation college student, Tony earned his Bachelors of Arts degree at University of Rochester and a Master's in Education at Pace University. He and his wife, Lauren Micek Vargas, live in the Little Italy neighborhood of South Omaha and are proud Catholic parishioners of St. Frances Cabrini Church.