Interview with Leo Calderon (NKU)
Where are you from originally?
How long have you been living in the Greater Cincinnati area?
Can you tell us more about yourself - are you married, children?
Yes, I am married to my wife, Kathy, and have two adult children, Sarah and Adam and a teenager, Daniel;
What do you do for living?
I am employed at Northern Kentucky University as Director of Latino Student Affairs.
You've been the person driving many diversity programs at NKU, especially related to Latinos. Can you tell us more about your activities and involvement? What do you consider your biggest accomplishment?
I think that one of the biggest challenges in my life was the development of my office, Latino Student Affairs. There is such a need for an office like this but the infrastructure was not in place. Some of activities that we are proud to established are: Hispanic Heritage Month comprehensive calendar of events; development of a University 101 class for Latino students; Mentor Program; Cultura Latina Social; Latino Student Union y Amigos; Latino Film Festival; Latino/Multicultural Science Camp; Latino Education Pathways Workshop; Bilingual Literature; etc.
Can you tell us more about the Latino Multi-cultural Center at NKU?
The Latino/Multicultural Center for Regional Development will be established this fall at NKU. Some of the on-going efforts that this center will do are: continue promoting education and community outreach initiatives and conduct research.[/b]
NKU is also taking a leadership role in the Education area for Hispanics. You've been the host of the recent "Latino Pathways Workshop". What do you expect from this Workshop?
The purpose was to raise the Latino education awareness, and hopefully in the future, we can come up with a strategic plan to deal with some of these pressing issues.
While there is a lot of progress in addressing needs of the Latino community, there is still a lot that can be done. What in your opinion are the most important priorities?
Collaboration on educations issues.
What Latino events do you enjoy the most?
On-campus, Hispanic Heritage Month activities; Noche Latina and Latino Student Recognition Dinner.
There are several off-campus events that I look forward including the Su Casa Hispanic Festival and Banquet; Centro de Amistad Festival and Banquet; Hispanic Scholarship Fund Gala.
Your favorite Latin music performer?
Don't have one.
And a non-Latin one?
The most exciting trip of your life?
So far Italy.
If you would have 30 seconds on national TV, what kind of message would you like to send to people?
Let there be peace, justice and tolerance.
Your favorite Latin food?
Which Latin performer would you LOVE to see in Cincinnati?
What advise would you give to new Latinos moving to Cincinnati?
Get to know the community, enjoy it, and participate with Latino education efforts.
Name one thing about yourself someone may not know?
I enjoyed rock'n roll
What wise advise would you pass on to future generations?
Enjoy and take pride of whatever you do in life.
If you could go out to dinner with a local or national celebrity, who would it be and why?
Cesar Chavez, but he's already dead, he had such an influence in our society.