Hispanic Heritage Banquet Will Feature Veteran, Author, Motivational Speaker Consuelo Kickbusch

Oct. 25, 2013
Consuelo KickbuschConsuelo Kickbusch courtesy photo

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WACO, Texas (Oct. 25, 2013) - The Baylor University Hispanic Student Association (HSA), in conjunction with the Department of Multicultural Affairs, will host the annual Hispanic Heritage Banquet on Monday, Oct. 28, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Founded in 1987, HSA is an important part of the university's Hispanic community and the multicultural community as a whole. HSA hosts events throughout the year to both unite the community and spread knowledge and awareness of Hispanic culture.

The Hispanic Heritage Month Banquet is the culminating event for Hispanic Heritage Month and features a meal, musical entertainment and a keynote speaker. This year's speaker is veteran, author and motivational speaker Consuelo Kickbusch.

Born and raised along the border in a small barrio in Laredo, Texas, Kickbusch overcame poverty, discrimination and illiteracy to become the successful community leader she is today. Although she grew up without material wealth, Kickbusch was taught by her immigrant parents that she was rich in culture, tradition, values and faith.

The values Kickbusch learned during childhood were reinforced throughout her career in the United States military. After graduating from Hardin Simmons University, she entered the U.S. Army as an officer and served for two decades. While in the military, she broke barriers and became the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field of the U.S. Army. In 1996, she retired as a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Army to fulfill her mother's dying wish: for her to return to her roots and become a community leader. In realizing her dream, she founded Educational Achievement Services Inc. with a mission to prepare tomorrow's leaders.

Kickbusch currently shares her story with people of all ages and creeds. She is doing exactly what she preaches - living a legacy. She maintains a strong dedication to saving the youth of America by mentoring students and parents across the United States.

Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for general admission. Tickets are available at the Baylor Ticket Office in the Bill Daniel Student Center. Attire is business or business casual.

For more information about the Hispanic Heritage Month Banquet, please contact Kelley Kimple or Pearl Beverly.

by Rachel Miller, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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