"Power of Choice" Wyoming Latina Youth Conference
Wyoming Latina Youth Conference Mission Statement:
‘To enrich and empower young Latinas through mentors, education and awareness’

Laramie County Community College
1400 East College Drive Cheyenne, Wyoming
(307) 778-5222


Cecilia J. Aragón, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Theatre and Dance, and Latina/o Studies
Director, Latina/o Studies Program, Coordinator, Theatre Education and Theatre for Young Audiences, Faculty Affiliate, Gender and Women's Studies

University of Wyoming
Ross Hall 105, Dept. 4297
1000 East University Avenue
Laramie, Wyoming 82071
Telephone: (307) 766-4124
Fax: (307) 766-2555

Ann Esquibel Redman,
(307) 632-4667


The Wyoming Latina Youth Conference is a volunteer based non-profit organization focused on empowering at risk young Latinas through mentorship and awareness. Our annual 2 day event is held every October in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Wyoming Latina Youth Conference targets 5th-12th grade girls of Hispanic decent and attracts young Latinas throughout the state of Wyoming. Our mission is "To Enrich and Empower young Latinas through mentors, education, and awareness."

Join Us October 14 & 15, 2016 for the
Wyoming Latina Youth Conference
Future conferences will be held in Laramie, Wyoming.

Click here to view a letter from Dr. Cecilia (CC) Josephine Aragón, Chair/Executive Director

I have some exciting news to share. The Wyoming Latina Youth Conference will move to Laramie Wyoming and will now be under the umbrella of the University of Wyoming and headed by Dr. Cecilia Aragon, Professor of Latino/Latina Studies. As founder and chair for the last 17 years, it has been an honor to work with so many amazing committee members, teen advisors and attendees. We have had outstanding keynote speakers and I have learned so much from everyone who has played a part in the success of the conference. I am grateful to the faculty at the University of Wyoming for understanding the importance of the conference and taking it under its wing. It is time for me to sit back and hand the torch over to Dr. Aragon and her committee. I'm grateful that the conference will continue its good work and continue to change the lives of our young Latinas. A HUGE thank you to our sponsors and supporters. You ALL ROCK!!! God Bless you.

The following is contact information for Dr. Aragon: Cecilia J. Aragón, Ph.D., Associate Professor Theatre and Dance, and Latina/o Studies Director, Latina/o Studies Program
Wyoming Latina Youth Conference c/o University of Wyoming
Ross Hall 105, Dept. 4297 1000 East University Avenue
Laramie, Wyoming 82071
Telephone:(307) 766-4124
Fax: (307) 766-2555

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2016 Wyoming Latina Youth Conference Keynote Speaker: Sarah Ortegon

Photo by Jim Cricket.

My name is Sarah Ortegon, I was born in Denver, Colorado. I am number 10 in a family of 12 kids. I am enrolled Eastern Shoshone and also of Northern Arapaho decent. In 2013 I graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a bachelors degree in Fine Art. In 2013 I was also crowned Miss Native American, USA after competing in my first pageant. Soon after I started touring with the Native Pride Dancers, traveling and performing the jingle dress dance in the US and also in Moldova, Europe and Guatemala.

After my year of being Miss Native American, USA I decided to go on an excursion in Alaska through the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). I spent two weeks sea kayaking in the Prince William Sound and bush whacking through the Chugach Mountains. This was a life changing experience for me and taught me the importance of our mother Earth.

I am currently pursuing my acting career. I was recently in a play in Denver, CO in February of 2016 titled "Black Elk Speaks". From there, I was cast in a musical "Sitting Bulls Last Waltz", which premiered in Hollywood, California for the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June-July of 2016. I was also cast as an extra in the BBC/NBC miniseries "Jamestown" which filmed in Budapest in August 2016 and will be showing in 2017.

Although I love adventure, I also keep my feet on the ground by maintaining a steady income. I am an office manager for law firm Smith, Shellenberger & Salazar, LLC. Also working with Colorado State Legislator Joseph Salazar.

I have a major passion that drives me to use my creative abilities. I give all credit to my parents and to the Native community that supports me. Every opportunity thus far has helped me grow into the individual that I am today.



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