Program Highlights Latino Experience, Opportunities and Success

Latino Education And Advocacy Days (LEAD) 2020 and Summit has been rescheduled for the week of Monday Sept 14 – Saturday Sept 19, which is Hispanic Heritage Month, because of the California Governor’s announcement last week, and the California State University’s directives, the LEAD 2020 and Summit planners made the difficult decision to postpone the conference. The safety and security of our communities are a top priority and we want to ensure the well-being of all.

Optimum Seismic, Inc., a leading California earthquake retrofit company, will be a major sponsor of the 11th annual Latino Education and Advocacy Days (LEAD) at California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) .

The event is one of the largest conferences on Latino education and advocacy in California and nationally.

“California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) is grateful for the support from Optimum Seismic Chief Operating Officer Ali Sahabi. His generous sponsorship for the 11th annual Leadership Education & Advocacy Days (LEAD) Summit provides an opportunity for students, community members and faculty to advocate for access to education and higher education,” said Robert J. Nava, vice president for University Advancement.

“We are fortunate to have Ali Sahabi as a special friend of CSUSB whose long-time personal commitment and support has focused on increasing the number of Mexican American and Latino students who aspire to attend college,” adds Nava. “His continued philanthropy in support of the Latino community and other communities of color sets an example of best practice in bringing people together for the common good.”

“Optimum Seismic is strongly committed to advancing educational opportunities for students from all backgrounds in many disciplines, and we are very pleased to support the excellent LEAD program at California State University San Bernardino,” says Sahabi.

LEAD works to attain educational equity and achievement by encouraging Latino students to attending college and beyond. Positive educational outcomes in college and beyond by Latino students directly impacts the competitive strengths of the nation.

In recent decades, Latinos have emerged as the largest minority in the nation, with majority populations in many states and regions, and in some cases, the majority demographic among school-age children.

To address these critical issues, and to ensure a strong future, the LEAD organization at California State University, San Bernardino houses several national and international projects that provide a means to maximize the promotion, outreach and relations with key audiences.

About Optimum Seismic

The Optimum Seismic team has been making California cities safer since 1984 by providing full-service seismic retrofit engineering and construction services on multifamily residential, commercial and industrial buildings throughout the state. Optimum experts have completed more than 3,000 projects. Optimum Seismic’s earthquake retrofit services include work on soft-story multifamily apartment buildings, unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings and tilt-up, non-ductile concrete and steel moment frame commercial buildings. For information, contact Optimum Seismic at (323) 678-4686 or visit

Ali sahabi and Robert Nava

SUPPORTING LATINO EDUCATION – Optimum Seismic Chief Operating Officer Ali Sahabi (r) meets with Dr. Robert J. Nava, CSUSB Vice President of University Advancement, to discuss Optimum’s support for Latino Education and Advocacy Days at CSUSB in March.