NJ 2017 Role Model Program Kick-Off and Recruiting Event, hosted by UPS and UPS Crecer

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5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

UPS Innovation Center: 10 Upper Pond Road, Parsippany, New Jersey, 07054


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HISPA, UPS and UPS Crecer, the Hispanic/Latino BRG, are pleased to invite you to join the:

HISPA New Jersey’s 2017 Role Model Program Kick-Off and Recruiting Event, hosted by UPS and UPS Crecer

20,000 Inspirational Stories = 1 Empowering Voice


UPS, UPS Crecer and HISPA invite you to join our 2017 Kick-Off and Recruiting Event, “20,000 Inspirational Stories = 1 Empowering Voice,” on October 16 at 6:00 pm and commit to SHARE, INSPIRE, and TRANSFORM the lives of students across New Jersey and New York City!

Join us for food, music from harpist Enki Bello and the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with our hosts UPS and UPS Crecer, HISPA 2016 Champion of the Year. Guests will hear from keynote speakers UPS Diversity and Inclusion Officer and UPS Foundation President, Ed Martinez; Chief Information and Engineering Officer Juan Perez, winner of HISPA’s 2016 Leadership in Mentoring Award; and many other UPS leaders. Guests will also enjoy networking opportunities with representatives from organizations including AT&T, ETS, Prospanica, Verizon and Wells Fargo. Two round-trip tickets–courtesy of Southwest Airlines, HISPA’s official airline partner–will be given away as door prizes among those who register to be HISPA Role Models.

Tentative Agenda:

– Opening Remarks – Manfred Morales, HISPA 2014 Role Model of the Year

– Panel: “The Impact of HISPA Role Models and How They Motivate and Inspire Us” –
Cid Wilson, President and CEO at HACR;
Tomas Porturas, VP, Sr. Community Development Officer at Wells Fargo, HISPA 2017 Role Model of Year Award;
Yalitza Torres, Principal at Jerome Dunn Academy.
Others TBA

– HISPA Vision 2020 – Dr. Ivonne Díaz-Claisse, HISPA Founder and President

Keynote Address:
Ed Martinez, UPS Diversity and Inclusion Officer and UPS Foundation President
Juan Perez, Chief Information Officer and Engineering Officer, HISPA 2016 Leadership in Mentoring Award

Why HISPA? – Special Guests

Closing Remarks – TBA


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 9,000 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 with attendees.


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. 

Learn more about HISPA programs.


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 availble; 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, ivonne@hispa.org.



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