2016 Alsame Conference

2016: Embracing Our Heritage and Achieving Success for ME

The 14th Annual Alsame Conference hosted by Saginaw Valley State University will include: a college fair with representatives from various universities and colleges, financial aid tips, break out sessions to prepare you for college, free swag, entertainment, and motivational speakers. Want to learn more? Check out our last conference. 

Date: Friday, October 21, 2016
Check-in: 9:00 AM
Conference Time: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Ryder Center, Saginaw Valley State University
Entire Conference Schedule Link: alsame-conference-schedule
Workshops and presenters: 2016-alsame-conference-workshops

The 2016 Keynote Speaker and Entertainment:


Carlos Ojeda Jr. (photo above) has been called one of the most dynamic speakers in America today. A former university administrator, professor and small business development center director, he now focuses his energy on empowering students to succeed by teaching them that their voice is their power. Combining his entrepreneurial spirit with his passion for changing the lives of youth across the country, he started CoolSpeak: The Youth Engagement Company. CoolSpeak provides youth motivational speakers, programs, and events designed to engage, educate and empower youth. CoolSpeak represents over 25 of the top youth speakers in the country, and has certified and licensed over 50 facilitators and practitioners nationwide. Over a million lives have been inspired to date.


Olmeca (photo above) is a Hip-Hop artist/scholar/activist. His work has been featured on CNN Latino, ABC, Fox, NPR, URB Magazine, and television series, “Sons of Anarchy.” He has collaborated with Grammy winners including Taboo of Black Eyed Peas, Ozomatli, Maldita Vecindad and shared the stage with KRS-One, Jenni Rivera, Dilated Peoples, Julieta Venegas, among others. He is one of very few artists that can coexist in various genres without compromising artistry or conviction.  He has a long history in the immigrant rights movement supporting local groups throughout the U.S. and helping national campaigns to stop deportations. His work around community consciousness focusing on U.S. Latinx identity has been a point of reflection for many universities, and organizing spaces. He has also worked with an international network to support Indigenous Rights and Culture in Mexico focusing on the preservation of traditions and autonomy.

Registration is now closed. If you have any questions, please contact Carmen C. Stricker at 989-964-448

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