Sonoma State University will host its sixth annual Latino Summit on April 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event aims to help Latino families learn about higher education through workshops and forums on SSU's Rohnert Park campus. Alumni and students from a Latino sorority and fraternity will help lead workshops in cultural awareness, self-esteem, adjustment to the college experience, the admission process, financial aid and proper planning. Parents and students will attend separate workshops conducted in Spanish.

The event drew 600 students and parents last year. This year's event will be smaller, with about 300 participants from ninth to 12th grades, to facilitate more interactive, focused discussions, organizers said.

"It's very personal," said Melanie Gonzales, SSU outreach specialist, in a statement. "The students talk about their perspective, what they did in high school to get where they are, how their families went through the financial aid process."

For more information, contact Gonzales at 664-2938 or