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Dallas Human Rights, LULAC Leaders To Speak At Collin College

Dallas Human Rights, LULAC Leaders To Speak At Collin College

Oct.11, 2010 – Collin College’s Open Doors, Open Minds organization invites the public to hear Fernie Sanchez of the Dallas Chapter of the Human Rights Campaign and Jesse Garcia, president of the Dallas Chapter of the LULAC, speak from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14 at Collin College’s Central Park Campus Conference Center in McKinney.

Sanchez and Garcia will address the following topics: What do the terms lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) mean; Where do LGBT people come from; Hate crimes and what are the consequences of hate; and LGBT youth.

In addition, statistical information on the local, state and national levels regarding these topics will be discussed. Pizza and drinks will also be provided by the Student Activity Fee Approval Committee.

Sanchez, who has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Texas at El Paso, has more than 25 years experience in social services working in the public and private sector with a diverse group of clients in the corrections, mental health, addictions and HIV/AIDS field.

For the past two years, Sanchez has served as co-chair of diversity for the Dallas area Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Steering Committee. He also co-founded Valiente DFW-LGBT Latino/a Alliance in November 2004 and is a founding member of the first in the nation LGBT League of United Latin American Citizens council.

Garcia, a local gay Latino activist from Dallas, has worked in public affairs for the federal government U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, Peace Corps and currently in the Department of Agriculture) for the past 14 years.

During his spare time, Garcia advocates for LGBT equality and Hispanic rights and he is currently president of the award-winning League of United Latin American Citizens Council 4871 – The Dallas Rainbow Council (the first-ever LGBT LULAC council in the nation).

Garcia also volunteers his time mentoring LULAC youth in Oak Cliff during the weekends at the LULAC National Education Service Center – Dallas.

Open Doors, Open Minds at Collin is a committee of faculty and staff whose objective is to celebrate the variety of people the college serves and to educate the community. The committee works to provide a forum by which students, faculty and staff can meet and interact with people of various backgrounds, in hopes that everyone becomes better informed.

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