2018 HISPA Role Model Program Kick-Off and Office Depot Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

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5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

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HISPA in Partnership with Office Depot / Office Max invite you to the 2018 HISPA Role Model Program Kick-Off and Office Depot Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration , hosted by Office Depot / Office Max

HISPA, Office Depot / Office Max invite you to join our 2018 Kick-Off “With the Endless Power Of Our Voices” and Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration on October 4th at 5:30 p.m.


This event will bring HISPA supporters together for one common goal: to commit to SHARE, INSPIRE, and TRANSFORM the lives of students across Florida. The event is also part of Office Depot / Office Max Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

Join us for Latino cuisine sampling, music and the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with our hosts Office Depot / Office Max. Guests will hear from keynote speakers and industry leaders. They will also enjoy networking opportunities with representatives from other organizations.



5:30 pm:

Arrival, registration and networking


Latino cuisine sampling

Music or Art Exhibit by Artist Of The Americas

6:00 pm:

Welcoming message: Somos Office Depot

Opening Remarks – Somos Office Depot Executive Sponsor

Keynote Speaker

Latino Leaders at Office Depot and its contributions

Getting back to our Hispanic communities: Partnering and volunteering with HISPA

Closing Remarks: HR Diversity Office Depot


Please feel free to contact Mauricio Rodriguez at mauricio.l@hispa.org if you need any further information.

HISPA Call to Action

HISPA is active throughout New Jersey, New York City, San Antonio and Florida. To date, we have mobilized over 2,500 volunteers to encourage over 10,000 students to fulfill their potential through academic achievement. Join us and learn more about becoming a HISPA Role Model, sharing your story and inspiring young Latinos to excel in school and pursue higher education to achieve their dreams. Inspirational speakers and HISPA Role Models will share their experiences and the impact of their volunteerism.


The majority of children never have to ask themselves the question, “Can I really be a teacher, doctor, astronaut, or politician?” Unfortunately, many Latino youth do not see role models that look like them in such professions. Research has shown a strong correlation between students having a mentor or role model and their pursuit of higher education:

“The findings identified four family background characteristics that contributed to their scholarly achievement. The four themes were (a) a strong parental commitment to the importance of education, (b) parental facilitation of their child’s autonomy, (c) an array of nonverbal, parental expressions of support for educational goals and tasks, and (d) the presence of supportive faculty mentors and role models in the students’ lives.”

Latino students need role models to help them see their educational opportunities and to show them how to navigate the college system. For many of these students, this knowledge may not be available from other sources. For this reason, it is important to provide credible Latino role models to students. We invite you to join our efforts to eradicate the lack of role models as a reason why our students don’t pursue higher education.


If you would like an on-site presentation to your company, please reach out to Rod Colón, HISPA Role Model Development Director, at rod@hispa.org. Event sponsorship opportunities are available; please contact Kelly Grossman at kelly@hispa.org. For opportunities to become an Annual Partner or Founding Partner of HISPA, please contact Dr. Ivonne Díaz-Claisse, HISPA President & CEO, at ivonne@hispa.org.

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