Villamaría Day at Maryville College:

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage & Higher Education Opportunities for Latino Communities


Saturday, September 12, 2015
8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Early Registration Fee: $45 ($55 after August 31),
including lunch from local vendors
(See note about special registration categories.)


Join us for a day of reflection, conversation, and connection with Latino leaders and allies as we explore how individuals and groups (e.g., business, education, and faith communities) can work together to support higher education opportunities for Latino families.


          Our keynote speaker, Patricia Robledo, will share her personal and professional journey. Patricia is originally from Colombia, South America and came to Knoxville to work for the 1982 World's Fair. She attended the University of Tennessee and then graduated with a double major in Biology and Medical Technology from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO. Patricia is the owner of Robledo Translations, LLC, which has served clients in federal, state and local government, as well as in the private sector including national retail and food service chains, television and telecommunications firms and health care providers since 1997. In late December 2011, Mayor Madeline Rogero appointed Patricia to her administration as the City of Knoxville's Business Liaison, heading up the new Office of Business Support.

          Patricia presently serves on the board of Project GRAD, Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Community Health Council, and East Tennessee Quality Growth. She is a member of Executive Women Association, and she is active in Centro Hispano de East Tennessee, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee, HoLa-Hora Latina, and the East Tennessee Civil Rights Working Group. She leads a Girl Scout troop at Lonsdale Elementary School. Patricia has served on the board of directors of various non-profits, including the YWCA of Knoxville and East Tennessee Foundation. She is the proxy for Mayor Rogero on the board of the Family Justice Center.

          Patricia is a proud graduate of Leadership Plenty, an Inaugural Class of a Hispanic leadership program, CAC Community Leadership, Leadership Knoxville and FBI Citizens Academy. She is the proud recipient of the 2007 FBI Community Leadership Award and the 2009 Hola-Hora Latina’s Unity in the Community Award for her involvement in and dedication to multiple community service organizations.


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



If you are in one of the categories below, please do not register through this site but instead simply send an email to

  • Maryville College faculty staff, students, and faculty
  • Villamaría Advisory Board members
  • Speakers making presentations as part of the program
  • Unable to pay for registration by credit card and need to make other payment arrangements

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