UFS 2016 will take place at San Jose State University on February 19-21 and is being hosted by Grupo Folklorico Luna y Sol de San Jose State. The organizing committee is pleased to announce the participation of Itza Sanchez presenting the workshop “Leadership & Organization Management”. In this session, participants will about the importance of goal setting and campus outreach.
Itza Sanchez is an SJSU Alumni (Cultural Anthropology, 2004) working as Program and Operations Coordinator for Enrollment Services as well as co-leads efforts of the Chican@/Latin@ Student Success Task Force. She has worked with SJSU Students for many years as a founding member and now Artistic Director of Grupo Folklorico Luna y Sol de SJSU, San Jose State’s Mexican folkloric dance group. She has dedicated over a decade developing, supporting and advocating for the SJSU folklorico group as a mechanism to support diversity on campus, strengthen student involvement as well as celebrate cultural achievements from an academic perspective. Itza is passionate about issues of diversity and access to higher education, having sat on the Student Fairness Committee for many years and currently serves on the President’s Commission on Diversity. Always willing to help the campus, she served on the planning committee which brought Chief Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Grammy Award winning artist Linda Ronstadt to campus. In 2015 Itza was awarded the Arthur Dunklin Diversity Champion Award for her contributions and service to campus. Her dance career and leadership in the performing arts has spanned decades and has included instruction and training with the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez as well as a tenure with the Oakland Raiders.
Registration for UFS 2016 is open to all leaders of high-school, college and university folklorico groups throughout the nation.
The University Folklorico Summit (UFS), an initiative of Danzantes Unidos, is a three-day leadership and cultural arts conference designed for collegiate folklorico groups. UFS provides a forum for university folklorico group leaders to meet, share their best practices, and strategize for their communities.