Journalist, poet to headline conference for Latino students

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – New York Times correspondent Simon Romero and Albuquerque Poet Laureate Michelle Otero are among those headlining a national conference in Albuquerque aimed at encouraging Latino students to attend college.

Romero and Otero are slated to speak this week at the Avanza Network conference that begins Thursday. The conference seeks to pair Latino students with doctors, lawyers, journalists and entrepreneurs to foster students’ path toward higher education.

Rene Gonzalez, an Avanza co-founder and current board member, says around 1,500 students from New Mexico are expected to attend. He said alumni for MIT, Purdue University and Stanford also planning to come to Albuquerque to speak to Hispanic youth.

Avanza was formed eight years ago by a group of Latino professionals. The group holds similar conferences around the county.

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