Holy Family College to host Community Development Speaker Roberto Rivera

Posted On January 17, 2019

MANITOWOC, Wis. — Holy Family College invites the public to a presentation titled, “From Chaos to Community: Engaging in Community Growth during a Time of Crisis” by acclaimed community development speaker Roberto Rivera. The event will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance at the College, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

Tickets are free and on a first come, first served basis. Rivera’s presentation is part of a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week Celebration hosted by the College’s Council for Diversity and Inclusion. The event is intended to be an evening of inspiration, reflection and connection.

Roberto RiveraRivera connects positive youth development to community development using culturally relevant methods. He spent more than 10 years in community-based youth development work in Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Chicago. Labeled an “at-risk student” with learning disabilities as a teen, he overcame those labels to earn a college degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In this talk, Rivera will share from his personal experience and research on how individual and collective trauma can be transformed into growth. He draws from his experience working in communities from Los Angeles to Chicago to Fargo, North Dakota to provide a theoretical and practical framework advocating for post-traumatic growth realized through co-creating beloved community.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for the event, and Rivera’s presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. A reception with refreshments will follow the hour-long presentation. To register for this free event, visit sl.edu/tickets. The Box Office can be reached at 920-686-6274. For additional information, contact dni@sl.edu.