The Encuentro is the annual conference/meeting that provides VALHEN an opportunity to highlight and share the issues affecting our Hispanic/Latino community by providing a time and a place for our members and the community at large to network and foster communication. Each year the Encuentro is hosted by a different college or university in the Commonwealth. Without this generous support from our institutions the Encuentro would not be possible.

VALHEN’s next Encuentro will take place in March 2017 at Virginia Commonwealth University. More details to follow.

Come to the Encuentro AND:

  • Join the conversation as we focus on important educational issues
  • Congratulate our Scholarship Winners
  • Meet some of our outstanding young Hispanic college students involved with VALHEN and our Hispanic College Institute
  • Network with fellow Latinos in the world of education

Click a year below to see information from the past Encuentro conferences.

The VALHEN 2015 Encuentro was held this past October 9th. It was hosted by James Madison University along with The Latin American & Caribbean Studies committee, the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the College of Arts and Sciences.



We were delighted to welcome Ms. Mary G. Morris, Esq., CEO of the Virginia College Savings Program as our Keynote Speaker. Ms. Morris addressed the importance of savings for college and the advantages that the Virginia 529 Program offers to Virginia’s future college students.

Click here to download the 2015 program.

Sponsors

The VALHEN 2014 Encuentro was held this past October 3rd. It was hosted by Old Dominion University and the ODU Hispanic and Latino Employee Association.



We were delighted to welcome The Honorable Nancy Rodrigues, Virginia’s Secretary of Administration to our program, who helped VALHEN thank our outgoing President, Dr. Mirta M. Martin, for her service to our community and to bid her good luck in her new position as President of Ft. Hays State University in Kansas.

View photos from the event in our photo gallery section.

Click here to download the 2014 program.

Sponsors

We offer sincere thanks to the following sponsors for this year’s Encuentro:

Other VALHEN sponsors include:

The VALHEN 2013 Encuentro was held at the Parham Road Campus of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (JSRCC).

View photos from the event in our photo gallery section.

Click here to download the 2013 program.

Presenters:

  • Dr. Mark Allan – VADOE
  • Ms. Denisse Aranda – NASA
  • Eng. David Alvarez – Altria
  • Ms. Whitney Bonham – VT
  • Dr. William Bosher – VCU
  • Dr. Carmen Burrows – TNCC
  • Dr. Renee Chapline – Gateway Region
  • Eng. Priscilla Cygielnik – City of Roanoke
  • Dr. Ray Drinkwater – JTCC
  • Ms. Laura Fornash – Virginia Secretary of Education
  • Ms. Monica Gomez – NVCC
  • Dr. James Groves – UVA
  • Dr. Joy Hatch – VCCS
  • Professor G. Hiller – UR to Adjunct Professor George Hiller, UR
  • Eng. Debbie Martinez – NASA
  • Mr. Mac Mcginty – CCWA
  • Ms. Maria Nieto – NVCC
  • Mr. Patrick O’Brien – VT
  • Dr. M. Perez-Quinones – VT
  • Dr. R. Ramsammy – NVCC
  • Mr. Phillip Sandino – Dominion
  • Mr. Jonell Sanchez – Pearson Global
  • Dr. Victor Vilchiz – VSU
  • Ms. M. J. Washko – JSRCC

Sponsors

We offer sincere thanks to the following sponsors for this event:

The VALHEN Encuentro 2012, Latinos in the Arts and Sciences: Past, Present, and Future, was hosted by Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA

View photos from the event in our photo gallery section.

Click here to download the 2012 program.

Sponsors

We offer sincere thanks to the following sponsors for this event:

The VALHEN Encuentro 2011, Latinos – Growing and Driving Success in Virginia, was held at Northern VA Community College, Annandale, VA.

Sponsors

We offer sincere thanks to the following sponsors for this event: