Berks Latino Forum 2023

    Friday, October 13, 2023 at 9:30 AM until 12:00 PMEastern Daylight Time UTC -04:00

    Penn State Berks
    1801 Broadcasting Road
    Reading, PA 19610
    United States

    Latino Forum

    9:30–11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13
    Perkins Student Center Auditorium
    Keynote address, “MyBag, MyHome”, by Roy Juarez, Jr.

    The eleventh annual Penn State Berks Latino Forum is a free event for students from all Berks County high schools, as well as members of the local Latinx community. This year’s event will feature keynote speaker Roy Juarez Jr., who founded the human development company IMPACTtruth, Inc. in 2005 with a dream to inspire youth and reunite families by sharing his turbulent yet inspirational life story. 

    Juarez has partnered with national organizations such as the U.S. ARMY, Ford Motor Company Fund, and the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute to inspire thousands of individuals across the United States and abroad. His work has garnered national media attention on CNN, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and many local and online publications.

    In 2018, Juarez published his highly anticipated book, Homeless by Choice: A Memoir of Love, Hate, and Forgiveness, a riveting memoir of Roy’s decision to live homeless again, but this time, by choice. His mission is to inspire youth to never give up on life and their dreams and for them to understand the power of higher education.

    The keynote will be followed by requested tours of the campus (please email for more information)

    The mission of the Latino Forum is to empower the Latino students to pursue higher education. The forum provides inspiration and motivation for students as they learn that higher education is both desirable and attainable. Registration is required. Penn State Berks students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. The public is also invited to attend but must request a reservation at

    This event is funded by Endowments, the Arts & Lecture Series, and the Humanities Institute.

    Registration is no longer available because the registration deadline has passed.