The César Chávez Day Celebration Program

Painting of César Chávez by Esther Claros-Berlioz, PhD - Miami University International Alumna, Class of 2019. Winning painting of the CAWC's "Latinidades in Ohio" art contest, 2016.

Latinx Community-Building: Cultivating Change in Higher Education

Keynote Speaker: Leo Calderón, Former Director of Latino Student Affairs at Northern Kentucky University
Moderator: José Amador, Associate Professor, Global and Intercultural Studies (Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies) | At-Large Member, Association of Latinx Faculty and Staff, ALFAS


  • Martha Castañeda, Professor of Foreign Language /ESOL Education | Department of Teacher Education
  • Maricela López, Latin American Studies, Student | Member, Alpha Psi Lambda National Inc.; and UNIDOS, Association of Latin American Students
  • Christian Ponce, Senior Director, Marketing & Communications | Advisor, Alpha Psi Lambda National Inc., & UNIDOS, Association of Latin American Students
  • Elias Tzoc, Department Head - Create + Innovate, Miami University Libraries | President, Association of Latinx Faculty and Staff, ALFAS

Latinx students are predicted to make up more than 25% of the undergraduate student population by 2026. Such an important change will also require changes such as simplifying application processes, developing enrollment campaigns in Spanish, strengthening community building, establishing mentoring programs, and much more. In this keynote presentation, Leo Calderón will talk about his 30+ years of experience building campus and community allies to help Latinx students in the Cincinnati Tri-State area. Then a panel of Miami faculty, staff, and students will share their experiences in starting initiatives that support current and future Latinx students at Miami University.

A proclamation on César Chávez Day, 2022
MARCH 30, 2022 | The White House, Presidential Actions


Thursday, March 31, 2022 | Miami University Art Museum Auditorium

5 p.m. | Keynote, followed by a panel discussion

6 p.m. | Reception

Keynote Speaker

Leo Calderón | Former Director of Latino Student Affairs, Northern Kentucky University

Mr. Leo Calderón retired in December of 2021 from Northern Kentucky University after serving over thirty-six years. During his impressive tenure, in May 2001, he assumed the position of Director for Latino Student Initiatives formally known as Latino Programs and Services and Latino Student Affairs at Northern Kentucky University. His current role as Director has included providing academic guidance to students, served as liaison with faculty, staff, administrators and key community leaders to promote Latino student success. He is responsible for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs and activities designed for the retention of Latino students.

Mr. Calderón has been contacted by major corporations, schools and non-profit organizations about how best to deal with the growing Latino population. He has provided insights and regularly holds workshops.

Prior to assuming the position of Director for Latino Programs and Services, Mr. Calderón was the Associate Director for the Department of Public Safety at Northern Kentucky University. He also served as an Executive Assistant to the President for Northern Kentucky University.

Extensive civic involvement has been part of Mr. Calderón's career at Northern Kentucky University, including leadership positions with the Red Cross Board, HealthPoint Family Health Care Board, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Community Advisory Board, Brighton Center Board, Su Casa Board, Centro de Amistad Board, Northern Kentucky Soccer League, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) “The Voice” Publication Advisory Board, HACU Scholarship Reviewing Committee, co-founder of the Ohio Tri-State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Educating Latinos for Kentucky’s Future, Women’s Crisis Center, BRIDGES for a Just Community, MyNKY, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Board, Behringer-Crawford Museum Board of Trustees, English Language Learning Foundation. He is currently President and Chair of Esperanza Latino Center of Northern Kentucky and Education Chair for League of United Latin American Citizens Ohio. In October of 2019, he became Board Member of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, and in January 2022 he also joined as Board Member of the Foundation For Healthy Kentucky.

From 2012-2016, he was appointed by Governor Steve Beshear to the Kentucky Board of Education. Under this leadership he served on Kentucky Health Committee and participated in the Global Education Leaders Program.

Mr. Calderón holds a Masters in Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University, a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, and an Associate of Arts in Psychology from Thomas More College.

Mr. Calderón resides in Bellevue, Kentucky with his wife Kathy and they have three children, Sarah, Adam, and Daniel and seven grandchildren.

As a child of migrant workers who struggled just to get by, César Chávez knew the importance of having an economy that works for everyone and devoted his life to ensuring our Nation upheld the values upon which it was founded. On his birthday, we celebrate a man who reminded us that we all share a common humanity, each of us having our own value and contributing to the same destiny, and we carry forward his legacy by echoing his peaceful and eloquent calls for a more just and equal society.

~ United States of America, 2016 Presidential Proclamation, César Chávez Day