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Two Minutes on Mentoring

Mentoring Summit Well Attended, Thoughtful Presentations Spur Energetic Discussions

November 15, 2012 - Kenneth Magdaleno

“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone
who will never be able to repay you.” – John Wooden

Well, it’s been several weeks since the Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR) held its first ever Mentoring Summit on October 19 at California State University Fresno.

And we are still enjoying the after effects of a wonderful and informative gathering. Beginning with a very diverse group of attendee’s, great workshops, a fantastic and thought-provoking message by our keynote speaker, author Victor Villasenor, and finally to a very informative and delightful mentoring expert panel made up of Dr. Pamela Lane-Garon, Dr. Albert Valencia, Dr. Joseph White, and our panel moderator, Dr. Anne Chan . . . the day was a huge success. As anyone who has ever organized a conference or summit knows, there are always last day jitters and the question often thought of, but not always spoken, “is anyone going to show up?” We actually ended up surpassing our intended goal of 100 attendee’s with 113 in attendance; not bad for a first attempt.

The energy level at the summit was amazing. Long after the final attendee had left, Victor and I were standing next to each other and he shared, “I have spoken in front of 1,000 people before and didn’t feel the energy I felt here today; I can still feel the positive energy in the building,”…as could I.

As you know, CLEAR’s mission is to work towards the elimination of educational and social disparities. Much of this work begins through the development of relationships…which is what mentoring does a fantastic job of addressing. Over the next few months we will focus on the continuing development of our Latino Leadership Academy and its mentoring component, our middle school mentoring programs, and addressing inequities in the area of the arts in our schools and communities through my involvement as a member of the Fresno Community Arts Team.

There are a number of folks I need to thank beginning with our CLEAR administrative assistant, Ms. Jenny Vue. She did an amazing job of organizing and following through on all the little things. Ms. Margo Miner of the Central Valley Educational Leadership Institute (CVELI) was extremely helpful in navigating the bureaucratic reality of holding an activity on a university site, and as always, it was good to have our partners present and supportive: Lozano Smith, Sodexo, Voyager Learning, and CVELI. I know that I am overlooking someone and for that I apologize ahead of time.

We thank you for your support of CLEAR…we are moving forward and excited about the next opportunity we have to gather together with you.

Editor's Note:   Dr. Kenneth R. Magdaleno is Executive Director of the Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR) in Fresno. For more information on CLEAR, go to