University Hosts Day of Education, Literacy for Hispanic Families this Saturday

On Saturday, Oct. 13, California State University Dominguez Hills will welcome thousands of Hispanic families to campus for a day devoted to education and literacy.

Es el momento Education Fair
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Torodome Gymnasium and surrounding outside areas

More than 50,000 people came out to the Es el momento education fair last year. Similar crowds are expected again.

For the fourth year, CSU Dominguez Hills has partnered with Univision Los Angeles stations KMEX and KFTR 46, to present Es el momento: Feria de Educación (The Moment is Now: Education Fair). Beginning with an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m., the fair provides an opportunity for parents and students to receive valuable information on how to successfully navigate their children through the educational system.

Last year’s event attracted more than 50,000 people.

Creating a path of education, from pre-K to college, the fair features more than 150 nonprofit educational and community resource organizations, school districts, and universities throughout southern California whose representatives will inform and guide parents.

In addition, there will be free workshops throughout the day on such topics as financial aid, scholarships and financial literacy, college admission requirements, and AB 540; a reading garden featuring local politicians and KMEX personalities reading to children; 50,000 children books will be given away; a “visualization” area where children can dress up and have their photo taken in attire that will help them visualize their future (such as graduation gowns or uniforms of certain professions); live entertainment on an outside stage; vendor booths; and a town hall on anti-bullying. All events are free.

For more information on the Feria, visit http://univision34.univision.com/es-el-momento or call (310) 243-3819.

Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Fair
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sculpture Garden

Concurrently, the university is hosting the Los Angeles Latino Book & Family Fair, presented by Latino Literacy Now and actor Edward James Olmos. This is the first time this event has been on campus.

The book fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with opening remarks at 10:15 a.m. from Olmos, who serves as Latino Literacy Now board chair. The book fair will feature over 100 Hispanic authors, including Olmos, New York Times bestselling author Victor Villaseñor, labor leader Delores Huerta, contemporary Chicano author Luis Rodriguez, and playwright Josefina Lopez. There will be workshops, a film screening, and two stages of live entertainment and poetry readings.

For more information, about the book fair, visit www.lbff.us.

Both events are free. Vendors will be selling food and drinks throughout campus that day.

CSU Dominguez Hills is located at 1000 E. Victoria St., in Carson. Daily parking permits to park in campus lots cost $4. The sculpture garden is adjacent to Parking Lot 6. The Torodome gymnasium is on the south side of campus near the activity fields. For a map of campus, visit www.csudh.edu/visitus/campusmap.shtml.