This fall, the award-winning screenwriter/director/actor and producer Rick Najera’s “Latino Thought Makers” discussion series returned to Morton College, where it kicked off this year’s programming with a special conversation on advancing higher education in Illinois’ Black and Brown communities. San Francisco State University Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management Dr. Jamillah Moore and Dr. Ted Martinez Jr, the Executive Director of the National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) Leadership Fellows Program joined Najera for the discussion.

Recently, PCC’s Senior Program Manager Joe Saucedo had an opportunity to spend time with Najera and Morton’s Blanca Jara, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, to learn about the genesis and aim of the Thought Makers series, their higher education stories, and the importance of elevating these and other stories of impact in the Latino community in public spaces.

About Latino Thought Makers

Latino Thought Makers builds bridges of understanding in cultural diversity through personal and comedic dialogue and showcases critical thinking as it relates to entertainment and education and provides the audience an opportunity to be a part of a greater dialogue and motivational storytelling experience.