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OJC Press Release ID: 2493

Monday, March 28, 2016

Dr. Ramon Del Castillo keynote speaker for 3rd annual “Celebrating Excellence in Health Gala” on May

Dr. Ramon Del Castillo will serve as keynote speaker for the Otero Junior College Foundation “Celebrating Excellence in Health Gala.” Now in its third year, the annual health professional appreciation banquet will be held on May 11 at 6 p.m. in the OJC Student Center Banquet Room. Proceeds benefit OJC students pursuing careers in healthcare fields through the Kay Mahoney Memorial/Kaiser Permanente Healthcare Scholarships.

Dr. Del Castillo, professor and chair of the Chicana/o Studies program at Metropolitan State University of Denver, will provide insight on the topic of Curanderismo, an indigenous holistic approach to healing.  With 13 years of mental health administration experience with the Mental Health Corporation of Denver including Centro de las Familias, Dr. Del Castillo integrated Curandismo into the repertoire of services.  He has written three papers on the subject.

An activist scholar, Dr. Del Castillo has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in sociology and Mexican American studies from the University of Northern Colorado, Master’s degrees in social science and public administration from the University of Colorado at Denver (UCD) and a PhD from the Graduate School of Public Affairs at UCD. He is a published poet and columnist and has served on several non-profit boards of directors.

Dr. Del Castillo has received many awards for his writings and humanitarian and community/economic development activities. He is also a musician who plays congas and percussion instruments.

“Tickets are available for anyone who would like to attend; from community members to direct caregivers,” said Sue Samaniego, OJC Foundation director. “We all have a stake in developing our future healthcare providers and celebrating the work of those currently in the many fields under the healthcare umbrella. Our event gives an opportunity to do both.”

Included with the evening will be a full dinner, an auction, basket raffles and more. Previous auction items have included rounds of golf, a cabin rental, pool passes and gear, and cement planters.  Similar items are expected for this year’s event.

Tickets for the event are $25, pre-purchase only and must be purchased by May 4.  No tickets will be sold at the door.  To reserve a ticket, contact Sue Samaniego at 719-384-6821 or Becci Lease at 719-384-6898.

For more information on sponsorships, tickets or the OJC Foundation, contact Sue Samaniego at (719) 384-6821.

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Dr. Ramon Del Castillo will be the keynote speaker for the third annual “Celebrating Excellence in Health Gala.” The 2015 event brought out a great crowd and helped to provide seven scholarships of $2,125 to students studying health fields at OJC during the current academic year.