Latino Professionals Association, Inc. will host a Leadership Forum on Higher Education Wednesday, May 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at DreamBank, 1 N. Pinckney St. in downtown Madison.

The event will be hosted by Latino Professionals Association President Tania Ibarra and is a chance to learn from three distinguished LPA members about their perspectives for career advancement and access to higher education.

The special guests are:
Dr. Salvador L.Carranza is a Senior Policy Advisor in the UW System Office of Academic Programs and Educational Innovation. He is the University of Wisconsin System liaison to the Hispanic/Latino community and also serves on the Executive Committee of the Latino Faculty and Staff Association (LAFSA) and on the board of the University of Wisconsin Academic Staff Professional Representation Organization (ASPRO). In addition, he is the current Chair of the Madison/Tepatitlán de Morelos, Jalisco Sister Cities committee. Dr. Carranza is President of the Latino Education Council and serves on the Board of the Wisconsin Advanced Placement Council, the Latino Academy for Workforce Development steering committee, and the Boys and Girls Club Education Committee.

Gerardo Mancilla, Ph.D. is the Director of Education Administration and Leadership in the School of Education. Prior to working at Edgewood College, Gerardo was working for the Madison Metropolitan School District where he was a Dual Language Immersion teacher at Cherokee Heights Middle School. Gerardo teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at Edgewood College.

Lucía Nuñez is currently the Vice President of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement for Madison College. She has thirty plus years of experience in the public, non-profit, social service, and education sectors. Nuñez served as the Director of the City of Madison Department of Civil Rights. She was the Equal Rights Division Administrator for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). She also served as the Deputy Secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. From 1999-2003, she was the Executive Director of Centro Hispano of Dane County.