Speakers challenge, encourage Latino students: 220 attend conference in Columbus

The Republic

10/6/2018 by Mark Webber

If opportunities for successful lives seem elusive for local Hispanics, obstacles can be overcome through effort.

That message was delivered Friday to 220 Latino students in grades 7-10 during the first “Es Posible” conference, presented by the Latino Education Group, a program of the Community Education Coalition.

Delivering the keynote address at the Columbus Learning Center was Erika Espinoza, a 2013 Columbus North and 2017 Ball State University journalism graduate. She was a member of The Arizona Republic’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize Explanatory Reporting team that covered the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Brought to the United States illegally by her parents, Espinoza was able to benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program set in place during the Obama administration.