When Rosa Barrera, now assistant to Bethel President Perry White, was growing up, college seemed like an impossible dream.
Her parents didn’t listen to the friends and relatives who discouraged them from sending their daughter, however. "They told me, ’We don’t have wealth to leave you, so your inheritance will be a college education,’" Barrera remembers.
Barrera became the first in her family to graduate from college. Now she wants to help other Hispanic parents feel they can also encourage their children to pursue higher education. One way is by helping them navigate the complex world of financial aid.
Barrera will be offering a Spanish-language seminar at the annual assembly of Western District Conference (WDC) of Mennonite Church USA, to be held this year in Oklahoma City, July 6-8.
The seminar is open to anyone but will be given in Spanish and so is particularly geared to Hispanic parents of prospective college students. WDC includes a number of Spanish-speaking congregations in Texas although there is one Newton and one in Wichita, as well.
Barrera has titled her seminar "SI SE PUEDE ... Asistir a una universidad Menonita privada y lograr su sueÑo de una carera profesional" ("YES YOU CAN ... Afford a private Mennonite college and achieve the professional career of your dreams").
Barrera’s parents somehow found a way to help pay for her college education and one of her goals is to let other parents know they can, too.
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