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News from the Center for Latino Leadership at Regent University

Dr. Marcela Matviuk Message from the Director

Dear Friends,

Greetings from beautiful Virginia Beach. I hope you had a refreshing Thanksgiving and that you are being blessed beyond measure.

This year has been full of opportunities for us, and it is with a thankful heart that I write these lines. We have experienced God powerfully moving across campus and online. In May, we proudly graduated 50 new Latino professionals. Strategic partners in Laredo, Garland, Houston and El Paso, Texas, are now better acquainted with Regent’s mission and offerings. Hispanic high school students see education as a path for fulfillment and hope through our workshops and outreaches. Emerging Latino leaders are getting financial help, and we continue to be a place of light and blessing, a bridge to the world.

As 2012 ends, I close with the hope of breaking through the constraints of language and expressing something vital that reflects the immediacy of our God who is alive within and around us. We fully expect that 2013 will bring to Regent University a move of God that we have not yet known, and we want to extend our ongoing thanks for your friendship, your prayers and your belief in the transformative educational mission we serve. We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

May God bless you and your family this holiday season with His presence, His grace and His peace.

ˇFeliz Navidad y Próspero Ańo Nuevo!

Dr. Marcela Chaván Matviuk

For a Brighter Future: CLL Leads the First Hispanic Youth Symposium

In April, The Center for Latino Leadership and Regent University hosted students from several Virginia Beach Public high schools during the Hispanic Youth Symposium. Students learned how to successfully finish high school, prepare for college, apply for financial aid and connect with Latino role models. The turnout was so successful that CLL created an Education Campaign to keep working with Virginia Beach Public Schools. Read more.

Celebrating Heritage and Excellence

Regent University held the José Ferrer Film Showcase featuring three films starring José Ferrer; who was the first Latino actor to win an Academy Award. The Puerto Rican actor was also the uncle of Regent University's president, Dr. Carlos Campo. After the movie screenings, President Campo led a conversation with three of José Ferrer’s children. They shared what it was like to live in an acting family and how their father embraced his ethnicity and paved the way for Latinos in film. Read more.

Virginia College Leadership Discuss Latino Education

Leaders from some of Virginia's top institutions for higher learning met for a summit to discuss issues of success for Latino students. The summit served to prompt local institutions to evaluate their approach to and initiatives for Hispanic students while addressing what actions can be taken on a regional level to promote success across the state. Learn more.




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Featured Alumni

Dr. Rodrigo Zarate

Dr. Rodrigo Zarate '03, '07 (Business & Leadership) was awarded the ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award for the Latin American region during the 2011 Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Annual Conference held in Indianapolis, Ind. Read more.


Keila Molina

Keila Molina, '12 (Law) lives by a seemingly simple philosophy: "Strength in weakness." Born in Mexico, when she was six years old, Keila immigrated to California with her missionary parents. They later moved to the border town of San Luis, Ariz., where her parents still minister in both the United States and Mexico. Read more.

Volunteer: Change a Life (or Many)
Regent Latinos serve the community while building strong "lazos de familia," (family ties). If you would like to host Latino students for a day, have a fellowship at your home or support the education of Latino students, email Dr. Marcela Chaván Matviuk.

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