2014 Bridge Builders

two Latino students studying

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, The Ohio State University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted the 2014 Bridge Builders Forum in partnership with the Gates Millennium Scholars Program and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

More than 500 area high school youth and their parents attended, including students from some 90 Ohio high schools. Ohio State alum Samuel Saldivar III, shared a message of inspiration and hope, drawing on his own experience from migrant agricultural laborer to successful doctoral student. 

The program is designed to increase Latino access to higher education.  Interactive sessions provide bilingual information for high school youth and their families to help them prepare for college, including workshops on making college choices, paying for college and preparing competitive college applications.  College representatives from 25 Ohio colleges and universities were on hand to network with participants at the closing college fair. 

Organized by ODI Coordinator Maria Sanchez, the program’s success depends on support from community partners including the Ohio Commission on Latino Affairs (OCHLA) and Educators and Community Helping Hispanics Onward (ECHHO).


2014 Keynote Speaker

Sam SaldivarSamuel Saldívar III is a fourth year dual-major PhD student in the department of English and Chicano/Latino Studies program at Michigan State University. His research interests’ include Latino/a literature, Chicano/a literature and Mexican film. Samuel, who is from Weslaco, Texas, obtained a Bachelor of Arts (07) and Master of Arts (11) in English from The Ohio State University. His more recent publications have focused on the televisual and cinematic representations and presentations of Chicanos and Latinos in Science Fiction and horror films.