Keynote speaker to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

On Sept. 29 in Cody Commons at 5:30 p.m., Antonio Neves will be a keynote speaker for an event hosted by The Center for Student Involvement and the Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO) in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Information found at Neves official website states that he was born and raised in Jackson, Michigan. He pursued a successful career in the television and digital industry working for a multitude of networks such as Nickelodeon, NBC, PBS, BET, and E!.

Currently, Neves is a “nationally recognized college speaker, award-winning journalist and leadership executive, who “asks the important question” to college audiences: “Who makes you better?”

Neves mission statement is “to help college students and young professionals discover what makes them great,” along with focusing on “leadership, communication, and career success” by inspiring audiences to create their “own luck.”

Neves was a NCAA Division I student-athlete, attended Western Michigan University, and received a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University Graduate School.

Although Neves later became a successful entrepreneur, he created his own luck as his modest beginnings started with “moving to New York City with just $600 in his pocket,” sleeping on a floor and working multiple jobs.

“I’m very excited to have Mr. Neves on campus,” Amber White, coordinator of diversity affairs. “I believe that his energy and positive message will be inspiring to all that will be in attendance. The HALO officers specifically wanted him to come and speak to their peers and the community. There’s no doubt in my mind that they made a great choice. ”

Marisol Regalado, HALO president, believes that it is important to share and observe National Hispanic Heritage Month, because it promotes diversification of cultural heritage.

“I believe it is important to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month because we are able to keep our culture alive and make people more aware and open their eyes to things that they don’t see on a regular basis,” Regalado said.

“Diversity is key in life. The events that we are putting on for the campus give a little piece of our culture that we can share.”

Neves will be a speaker during one of the several events hosted by the organization for National Hispanic Heritage Month taking place from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15

According to White, the following activities are scheduled for National Hispanic Heritage Month, which students are strongly encouraged to attend.

  • Diversi-Tea: Hispanic Heritage Month                     
    Wednesday, Sept. 24th 1:30-3:30pm
    Sunset Lounge, Memorial Union
    Hosted by: Center for Student Involvement
  • Open Your Eyes
    Thursday, Sept. 25th at 5pm
    Trails Room, Memorial Union
    Hosted by: Center for Student Involvement
  • Antonio Neves
    Monday, Sept. 29th at 5:30pm
    Cody Commons, Memorial Union
    Hosted by: HALO
  • All Campus Fiesta
    Monday, Oct. 13th
    The Quad at 5pm
    Hosted by: HALO
  • Movie Night: Cesar Chavez
    Wednesday, Oct. 15th at 7pm
    Cody Commons, Memorial Union
    Hosted by: HALO

More information about Neves can be found at his official webpage: www.theantonioneves.com.

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