The 2018 Conference is Coming Soon!








31st Annual Latina Leadership Network of California Community Colleges Conference

“El Poder de la Mujer Latina: Impacting Equity, Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education.”

Thursday, April 19 – Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, Buena Park, CA


Registration is Now Open 

Early ​Registration ​Fee: ​December ​4, ​2017 ​- ​March 12, ​2018
Members: ​ ​$300.00
Non-Members: ​$400.00

Late ​Registration ​Fee: ​ ​March ​13, ​2018 ​- ​March ​30, ​2018
Members: ​ ​$375.00
Non-Members: ​$475.00

Hotel Information

Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel
7675 Crescent Ave.
Buena Park, CA, 90620
Room rate are valid for:
April 18 – 22, 2018

Room Rate: $119.00 per/night****
Special Rate ends March 19
Special Rate Code is ALLC

Vendor / Exhibitor Table and Program Advertisements

2018 Conference Form/Application


LLN 31st Conference At-A-Glance Agenda Updated 3.20.2018.docx


Three awards will be presented during the conference.

Madrina Award

Student Scholarships

College/District of the Year Award

Applications for the awards are currently open!



Sharon Quirk-Silva

Sharon Quirk-Silva was elected to the state Assembly in November 2016 to represent the 65th Assembly District which includes the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Palma, and Stanton.

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Prior to her election to the Assembly, Quirk-Silva served as a two-term mayor of the City of Fullerton, first selected by her peers on the Fullerton City Council in 2007.  She was elected to her first term on the Fullerton City Council in November 2004.

A passion for education and public service have guided Quirk-Silva throughout her career. She was educated in that city’s public schools from K-12 and went on to earn an A.A. degree from Fullerton College, a B.A. in sociology at UCLA, and a Teaching Credential from Cal State Fullerton. As one of ten children, she honed negotiating skills and learned the plusses of teamwork early on.

As a teacher for 31 years, Sharon Quirk-Silva has been a pillar not only in the Fullerton community, but in the lives of her students and their families, paving the way for the next generation of California’s leaders.

An advocate of reaching out to citizens, Quirk-Silva created the popular “Walk and Talk” program in Fullerton in which she leads citizens on walks through specific areas of the community and discusses issues of concern to citizens. She also instituted her annual “Women in Leadership” program in which women leaders business and education in Fullerton are honored.

Regionally, she has been active in organizations serving all of District 65 and Orange County, becoming familiar with the district’s cities and developing relationships with their leaders. She has provided leadership as a former vice chairwoman of the Orange County Council of Governments, focused on transportation as a representative to the Southern California Association of governments, and served on the board of the Orange County Sanitation District.

Quirk-Silva has received numerous awards for her public service and for teaching, including:

  • The “Golden Apple” award from the Hispanic Education Endowment Fund.
  • As a part of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of California State University, Fullerton, Quirk-Silva was honored as one of its 50 leading Latina graduates.
  • The “Beacon Award” from the Orange County Community Association for her efforts to secure lighting for Richman Park in Fullerton and for encouraging nonprofit organizations to become involved in the area.

Quirk-Silva has four children and is married to Jesus Silva, also a teacher.  She resides in the City of Fullerton.


Denise Alvarado

Denise Alvarado is serving in her 15th year as an Educator. She was a high school math educator for seven years, high school Dean of Academics for three years , and high school Assistant Principal for  the last five years. Denise Alvarado earned an Associate of Arts in 2001 from Fullerton College and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Chicana/o studies from University of California Davis in 2003. She earned a  Master of Science with an emphasis in Secondary Education from California State University Fullerton in 2009. Ms. Alvarado currently works at Magnolia High School in the Anaheim Union High School District serving as an Assistant Principal.

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Ms. Alvarado has been awarded the Leadership and Outstanding Service for English Learners Award by the Orange County Department of Education. This recognition is awarded to individuals from districts across Orange County who have made significant contributions in promoting success for English learner students.  Ms. Alvarado was recognized in 2003 while serving as a Dean in Fullerton and in 2005 while serving as an Assistant Principal in Anaheim.

Ms. Alvarado has a passion for volunteering and giving back to the community She has been a Fullerton College Puente Mentor for first generation college students since 2005. She has been visiting orphanages in Baja, Mexico since 2012. She has been a member of Alpha Delta Kappa Gamma Tau, an international sorority for women educators since 2013 and she is currently the Vice President of the sorority.

Maria Elena Ramirez Presents Chicana HERstory

Utilizing the Indigenous art of storytelling, oral history, rap music, and spoken word, including teatro, Maria presents a feminine perspective on what has transpired over these past 500+ years since 1492, when Columbus invaded the Americas.

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Before Columbus, over 70% of the Indigenous nations were peaceful and Clan centered. The invasion of 1492, followed by the infamous papal Bull of 1493 and its deadly “Doctrine of Discovery”, ushered in genocide on a hemispheric level, disruption of native values, patriarchy, and a legacy of rape and violence against Mother Earth and women and children that haunt us to this day. Yet, a new cycle is upon us, just as our ancestors predicted, in which female power, leadership, and harmony will re-emerge.