SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- To celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, The National Hispanic University (NHU) will host two special events on its campus on Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 to educate and inspire the community on the importance of civic engagement and community service.
In partnership with the Community Service Organization (CSO) History Project, NHU will host "Democracia: The Impact of the Community Service Project in California" on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. Attendees will participate in lively discussions and workshops about the importance of civic engagement and community service in San Jose. The event will also feature a "Learn More, Do More" fair where attendees can interact with representatives from nonprofit organizations and other community service organizations to learn how to get involved. Guest speakers include Herman Gallegos, a founder and first executive director of the National Council of La Raza; the Honorable Ron Gonzales, former mayor of San Jose; and the Honorable Joe Coto, former California state assemblyman.
"CSO's greatest legacy has been the training and development of new, indigenous leaders from neighborhoods and communities in need. The organization cultivated new skilled leaders that went on to do extraordinary things," said Gallegos, one of the original CSO founders in San Jose. "Today, more than ever, as our communities become more diverse, local leadership is needed that celebrates our heritage and unites us across ethnic, race and class divisions."
On Saturday, Oct. 6, at 9:30 a.m., NHU will hold its inaugural Day of Service event that will benefit the Silicon Valley Children's Fund. The Silicon Valley Children's Fund is an organization that invests in programs to support and improve the life outcomes of the foster youth in Santa Clara County, Calif. In addition to students, alumni, faculty and staff, the community is invited to assemble, decorate and personalize dorm room kits to help new college freshman who transitioned from foster care.
"Service is one of the core values of NHU," said Dr. David P. Lopez, president of The National Hispanic University. "We welcome the opportunity to open our campus to the residents of San Jose so they can learn about community service, celebrate their history and find ways to get involved. We hope these events will inspire a future generation of civic leaders."
Both events are open to the public. Those who wish to participate in NHU's inaugural Day of Service or attend "Democracia: The Impact of the Community Service Project in California" should register at www.nhu.edu/openhouse.
About The National Hispanic University
For 30 years, The National Hispanic University has provided Hispanic students and others with access to quality higher education. Located in San Jose, Calif., the university offers a diverse portfolio of online and campus-based undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in business, teacher education, child development and computer science. Students are supported in a multicultural and collaborative learning environment that is based on Familia™, a personalized approach that fosters students' success through mutual respect and cultura. The National Hispanic University, a member of the Laureate International Universities network, is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). For more information, visit www.NHU.edu.
SOURCE The National Hispanic University