UTPA to host panel on Latino leadership during National HSI Week
Posted: 09/13/2013
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Updated Sept. 17, 2013

In celebration of National Hispanic Serving Institutions Week, The University of Texas-Pan American is hosting a panel featuring five successful Latino/as, titled "Insights from Latino Leadership" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Student Union Theater.

Panelists include Dr. Ambrosio Hernandez III, a pediatric surgeon and Chief Medical Compliance Officer at Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance; Laurie Lozano, owner of 40 Dairy Queen restaurants throughout South Texas and Northern Mexico and president of the International Women's Board (which gave $63,000 in the 2013 fiscal year to UTPA students for travel abroad experiences); David Rice, an educator, author, playwright, and filmmaker; Robert P. (Bob) Sanchez, attorney and civil rights advocate; and Judge Leticia Hinojosa, the first female County Court at Law judge in Hidalgo County and the first female elected to the District Court bench in Hidalgo County.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is spearheading National Hispanic Serving Institutions Week, which is Sept. 15-21.

The UTPA panel event will feature successful Latino/as with ties to the Rio Grande Valley and UTPA who will share with the students their paths to success and emphasize the role that higher education has played in their personal lives and professional careers.

For more information about National Hispanic Serving Institutions Week, visit