From immigrant to Ph.D.: dean Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval shares his story at Chicano/a Youth Conference

Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval

By Lisa Boyles

Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval and his family emigrated from Zacatecas to the United States when he was 9 years old in 1980. In 2000 he earned a Ph.D. and returned to Fresno State to teach Spanish and Portuguese.  He rose through the ranks, and became dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at Fresno State in January 2016. 

Dr. Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, who graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese, will be the keynote speaker for Fresno State’s 46th annual Chicano/a Youth Conference from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Satellite Student Union. Jimenez-Sandoval will speak from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. 

The conference features 20 workshops for high school and middle school students and includes information about access to higher education, careers, leadership, cultural awareness and social justice as well as live performances, prizes and free food. A capacity crowd of 800 students registered for the conference.

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The conference is a collaborative effort by Fresno State Outreach and Special Programs, the College of Arts and Humanities, Lyles College of Engineering Pathways, College Assistance Migrant Program, Latino/a Programs and Services and student club MEChA.

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