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Hispanic students and professionals answer college questions in bilingual “¡Sí Se Puede!” event

Published: Friday, September 18, 2020

2019's ¡Sí Se Puede! student panel.

Oklahoma State University-Tulsa is hosting a free virtual bilingual informational event, “Ir a la universidad - ¡Sí Se Puede!” on Oct. 1 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. The event is tailored to Tulsa’s Hispanic community to answer questions and provide details about services, assistance and experiences related to attending college.

The online event is aimed toward high school students and their families but contains information, advice and stories relevant to anyone considering attending a university.

“We want to share not only that a college education is helpful, but obtainable too,” said moderator Claudia Maldonado-Otto, a clinical assistant professor of teaching, learning and educational sciences at OSU-Tulsa. “It doesn’t matter if you would be the first in your family to attend a university. The answer is the same – yes, you can.”

Maldonado-Otto is also the faculty sponsor for the OSU-Tulsa Hispanic Student Association.

Last year, the event drew more than 70 attendees. This is the first year the event will take place entirely online.

The 2020 “¡Sí Se Puede!” event is comprised of three panels, including a panel of Hispanic students and graduates discussing their experiences, a panel of local Hispanic professionals and a panel of Tulsa Community College experts sharing advice for the first steps in the college enrollment.

“We’re thankful for this variety of students, graduates and professional panelists who believe strongly in the power of education to transform lives,” Maldonado-Otto said.

Find more information and the link to register for the event online at

Professional Panel (from left): Jania Wester, Christina Da Silva, Moises Echevarria, Jessica Lozano, James Sanchez

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