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Latino Summit at Cornell Empowers Aspiring Leaders

March 13, 2017

With a theme of “breaking barriers,” the third annual New York State Latino Leadership Summit on Saturday featured prominent alumni, lectures from executives and workshops meant to give attendees tools to overcome obstacles they face as Latinx students at Cornell.

Keynote speaker Cristina Bañuelos, a Cornell alumna and research training award fellow at the National Institute of Health, told a crowd of about 50 students in Sage Hall that it took her a while to overcome “imposter syndrome” — a feeling that she did not belong in an academic environment of the brightest minds.

Bañuelos, who came to Cornell from a small town in Texas, overcame the self-destructive feeling, she said, by continuing to work hard and finding a strong support system among her peers.

This article originally appeared in the Cornell Daily Sun

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