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Opening Doors, Changing Lives:

Empowering Latino Students and Their Families

Toward Higher Education Opportunities


Friday, September 16, 2016

8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Clayton Center for the Arts at Maryville College


Registration is FREE and includes

continental breakfast as well as lunch!


Join us for a day of engaging professional development as we explore and reflect on the ways that K-12 guidance counselors and teachers can support higher education opportunities for Latino families in partnership with community organizations and colleges.


Presenters will include: 

Bev Anderson, Secondary Counselor Facilitator for Knox County Schools

Anna Avalos, Senior at Maryville College majoring in Sociology and Spanish 

Jeennyfer Castellanos, Admissions Counselor at King University and Chair of the Board of Directors for Centro Hispano de East Tennessee 

Crystal Colter, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Maryville College

Santiago Correa, Spanish Teacher and Soccer Coach, Lenoir City High School 

Kathleen Fuchs, Senior Program Director, YMCA Latino Achievers (Middle Tennessee)

Molly Haynes, Executive Director of Equal Chance for Education

Alan Miramontes Flores, Sophomore at Maryville College majoring in Biochemistry

Kelli Nehf, School Counselor, Lenoir City High School

Rosie Noriega, Chair of the Latino Task Force (Knoxville)

Jose Perez, One Stop Counselor, University of Tennessee

Michael Spalding, MD, Founder of Equal Chance for Education

Cyndi Sweet, Executive Director of Enrollment and Admissions, Maryville College 


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Villamaría at Maryville College is an initiative aimed at improving and increasing access to Maryville College for Latino students from surrounding East Tennessee counties. The program seeks to build and strengthen relationships with the Latino community, including an increase in Latino student enrollment.

Our Villamaría mission: “We will listen, we will learn, and we will serve our region to become the institution of choice for our Latino community.