2022 Conference

The 2022 Alsame Latino Youth Conference took place on May 6, 2022 at Grand Valley State University’s Allendale campus. This page includes updates about keynote speakers, workshop presenters, artists, and other information. To get an updated summary of the conference, click here.

2022 Alsame Latino Youth Conference Sponsors:

Conference Agenda:

  • 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. – Student Arrival, Light Breakfast, Prizes, and Entertainment
  • 9:30 a.m. – Alsame & GVSU Welcome 
  • 9:40 a.m. – Alsame Scholarship Awards Ceremony (HS Seniors Awarded)
  • 10:00 a.m. – Keynote Speaker (Ovi Vasquez)
  • 10:30 a.m. – Review Conference Schedule and Entertainment
  • 10:45 a.m. – Lunch & College & Career Fair (Groups Split Up)
  • 12:45 p.m. – Workshop I
  • 1:45 p.m. – Workshop II or Campus Tour
  • 2:45 p.m. – Campus Tour (optional)
  • 3:30 p.m. – End of Conference 

2022 Alsame Latino Youth Conference Spotlight Workshop Presenters (Check back for updates):

ASMA Speeks to Create Mural With HS Students at the 2022 Alsame Latino Youth Conference

At the 2022 Alsame Latino Youth Conference hosted by GVSU, ASMA Speeks will lead the creation of an in-door mural and not only will students be able to learn from an artist by observing him work but they will also have the opportunity to collaborate and create with him.

About the artist: ASMA Speeks is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is rooted in graffiti lettering and style writing. Primarily known for his graffiti writing, ASMA is branching out into illustration and design. The name ASMA being an acronym for: All Styles Must Ascend, is a code that applies to both his art and his life. Tired of just writing his name under a bridge or in his black book, ASMA decided to ‘ascend’ his styles and start taking art seriously.

Doing this led him to working within an amazing community of artists, gallery owners and big name companies to produce some of his best and most impactful work. From the murals scattered throughout Grand Rapids, to the Windows Project, Element 7 and the legal graffiti wall; ASMA has accepted what he’s known most of his life; he is an artist.


Learn more about ASMA Speeks at asmaspeeks.com

Ovi Vasquez Selected as 2022 Keynote Speaker

The Alsame Conference Committee is excited to officially announce that Ovidilio (Ovi) David Vasquez will be this year’s keynote speaker.

Ovidilio David Vasquez went from a farmboy raised in a poor village in the sugarcane fields of Central America, to being accepted to Harvard Business School Online. He is the author of six books including a #1 Bestseller. He is TEDx speaker on Self-Leadership, and has been a recurrent On-air collaborator for Univision. Ovi has worked for global corporations like; Apple, Tesla, Salesforce, Uber, and General Motors.

Ovi is a role model for first-generation college students. He educates and connects with students by sharing his story and insights on how they can succeed in school. Through social media, Ovi has helped thousands of students nationwide by sharing over a Million Dollars in scholarships for minority students. 

Learn more about Ovi Vasquez at, http://www.ovinspires.com

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