Keynote Speaker

Felipe Lopez Sustaita

Felipe Lopez Sustaita is the youngest of eight siblings, he was born in Matehuala, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. His family immigrated to the United States when he was very young. Felipe worked as a migrant farm worker in Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, and Michigan with his family until he started college in 2001. Felipe continues to go back to the fields a few times a year to keep himself grounded. Felipe still has two older brothers that continue working as farmworkers here in Michigan.

Felipe earned a Bachelor’s of arts in Criminal Justice in 2005 and a Master of Social Work in 2007 both degrees from Michigan State University. In May of 2014 he completed his Doctorate in Education with a specialization in Community College Leadership from Ferris State University. Felipe also has international education experience in Africa, Greece, Panama, Mexico, and the Ukraine. Felipe is very passionate about higher education, he knows that education is a pathway out of poverty.

Felipe previously served as the LUCERO Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor at Lansing Community College for 8 years. Felipe is now serving as the Executive Director of the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan. He is married to Danielle M Lopez and his four sons: Felipe, Amancio, Sion and Eliadio.

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