Extravaganza, the Latin American Organization's largest event of the year, will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at The Barn, with a banquet showcasing student performances in dancing, singing, poetry and skits.
This year's keynote speaker will be Hector Soto, political and legal director for the Children's Defense Fund of New York, a non-profit private organization that focuses on the social condition of minority children and families.
Soto will talk about activism and our youth as well as issues surrounding “The Cradle to Prison Pipeline,” which the Fund has worked on extensively. This is an effort to improve on schools where millions of children are not learning to read or write, and are dropping out or being pushed out. The pipeline idea is based on research showing that many students are routed to juvenile detention and adult jail rather than to a job or college.
The evening will also recognize individuals and organizations that have contributed either to LAO or toward promoting diversity on campus. A carnival theme is planned with icicle lights and a color scheme of deep purple, teal, red and gold.
Extravaganza tickets are $5 for students and $7 for non-students; they are available at The College Store and from LAO board members.
An after party will follow at the Cellar Pub; all HWS students and the Geneva Community are also invited to that.
Event sponsored by LAO.