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Mission Students Chosen for Leadership Retreat

Mission Students Chosen for Leadership Retreat

Ten Mission College students were selected to attend a Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) leadership conference.

More than 150 MESA community college students from throughout the state met in Santa Cruz for the MESA Student Leadership Retreat last month. Students were chosen based on their leadership potential.


The event included field experiments handling chemistry and engineering design, industry speakers and hands-on breakout sessions.

Held at the Happy Valley Conference Center in Santa Cruz April 13-15, the retreat is a chance for community college students to interact, network and build leadership skills.

Presenters from Genentech, Oracle, NASA and the Society of Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) spoke to students. The Hispanic College Fund partially funded the event.

The Mission students are: William Kaufmann, Bereket Haile, Nathan Cruz, Brandon Marques, Peter Czupil, Carolyn Lam, Saba Wube, Edith Castro, Tanya Villalpando and Monique Jennings.

MESA is an award-winning academic enrichment program that provides educationally disadvantaged students with the tools to earn bachelor’s degrees in math and related fields. With tutoring, mentoring, study sessions, transfer counseling and study centers, MESA provides an environment that allows students to succeed and easily transfer to a four-year college.

MESA has programs in more than 30 community colleges in California. One hundred percent of MESA students who go to four-year college graduate in math related majors.

For more information about MESA Char Perlas at or (408) 855-5482 or visit


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