Parent University

For the past decade, Cicero District 99 has hosted Parent University—an initiative created to connect local parents with the District and guest speakers, providing educational resources to help bridge the gap between socioeconomic barriers and academic success.

Virtual Workshops



Award Winning

Recognized for exemplary public relations efforts

Media Appearances

Dec. 6, 2019- Univision Chicago- Keeping children safe, the goal of a new educational program in Cicero, Illinois

Mar. 26, 2019- Chicago Tribune/HOYFormer Mexican-American astronaut says Latino parents 'should empower their children to dream' despite financial hardships

Parent University also has been on radio stations 1450AM, 106.7FM Pasion, and 105.1 FM Que Buena

Complimentary Meal

Parent University is typically a four hour event and usually takes place during the heart of lunch or dinner time.

In order to accommodate these factors a complimentary meal will be provided to all those that attend!

Event Registration

We require that all attendees register for this event. You can register at the event or pre-register for our event by clicking HERE.

We STRONGLY advise that you pre-register to avoid the long registration lines on the day of the event.


FREE Child-Care

We understand that finding child-care is often a reason why parents can not attend events.

That is why organizers at Parent University have several certified staff members who can take care children over the age of 4 for the duration of the event! 


Raffle Prizes

At the end of the event, Parents have the opportunity to win several raffle prizes and gift baskets. 

Please scroll down to the bottom to see who you can contact to donate prizes or gift baskets!

Keynote Speakers

Ms. Jacqueline Camacho Ruiz

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Born in Mexico City, Camacho-Ruiz first moved to the U.S. at the age of 14, where she quickly learned both English and German. In 2006, she launched JJR Marketing, an award-winning marketing and public relations firm based in the western suburbs that focuses on establishing and expanding the marketing strategies of people and brands along with creating successful digital marketing content. 

In addition to her marketing and PR firm, Camacho-Ruiz is the founder of Fig Factor Media, which focuses on international book publishing specializing in self-development, anthologies, business and children's books with messages of inspiration and encouragement. She also is the creator of Today's Inspired Latina books series, a two-time cancer survivor, and, since 2017, on of only a few Latina small airplane pilots in the U.S.

Dr. Jose Hernandez

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Hernandez grew up the son of Mexican immigrants and migrant workers, finding a passion for science and math as a child and eventually fulfilling a lifelong goal of working for NASA. 

Following his undergraduate and graduate studies in electrical engineering, Hernandez joined a commercial partner in assisting with the development of the first full-field digital mammography imaging system used to identify the early stages of breast cancer. In 2009, Hernandez served as a mission specialist aboard NASA's STS-128 NASA, traveling more than 5.7 million miles in space in two weeks and helping provide maintenance of the International Space Station.

Ms. Erika L. Sanchez

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Sanchez, a Cicero native, poet, and New York Times best selling author of the critically acclaimed novel, "I'm Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter," is a graduate of both Daniel Burnham Elementary School and J. Sterling Morton High School District 201. 

The daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants, Sanchez is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of New Mexico. Her work has been featured in magazines including Time, Rolling Stone and Cosmopolitan, and she has been profiled on programs for NBC News and National Public Radio.

Sanchez was named a Princeton Arts Fellow at Princeton University and has been named a National Book Awards finalist.

Opening Keynotes

Ms. Vicky Aguilera

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TV and Radio Personality- Univision 

Mr. Rodolfo Hernandez

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Superintendent-Cicero District 99 

Ms. Laura Muller

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YouTube Sensation "Spicy Latina Mom" 

Motivational Speakers

Mr. Luis Andrade


LAC Solutions

Ms. Victoria Infante

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Project Manager- Family Bridges, Meier Clinics, and Chicago Public Schools 

Dr. Ferney Ramirez

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President and CEO- FRH Productions

Mr. Ismael Vargas

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Chaplain- Town Of Cicero 

Health Professionals

Ms. Arizhay Aburto

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Professional Life Coach, NLP Master Level, Transformational Trainer- Instituto Coach PNL 

Dr. Lucy Godley

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MD, PhD Hermatology and Oncology (Cancer) and Professor of Medicine- University of Chicago 

Mr. Salvador Mora

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Psychologist, Meta Coach, Neurosemantics and Firewalking Certified Trainer- Instituto Coach PNL 

Ms. Denise Pedroza Sandoval

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Licensed Professional Counselor, LCPC

Financial Advisers

Mr. Alejandro Benitez

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Financial Educator and Business Owner- AB Financial 

Ms. Aracely Markowski

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Real Estate Agent- Su Familia Real Estate 

Ms. Blanca Sepulveda

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Insurance Agent- World Financial Group 

Mr. Kyle Zake

Kyle B. Zake

Financial Consultant- AXA Advisors 

Ability Awareness

Ms. Becca Bobrow

Third Coast Therapy, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Lincolnwood

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Ms. Holly Delgado

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Ms. Amanda Norris

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Community Liaison- Riveredge Hospital 

Ms. Lynn Rivero

Program Manager- Suburban Access 

Community Speakers

Mr. Josue Barrios

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Ms. Janneth Hernandez

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Ms. Maricela Medina

Ms. Evelyn Venegas

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Educational Workshops

Dual Language

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Fine Arts

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Instructional and Digital Technology

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Multi Tiered System Of Supports

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Special Education

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District Initiatives

Professional Learning Communities

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Standards Based Grading

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Recap Videos


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Live Video

Contact Information

To become a speaker, host an educational workshop, job opportunities or to reserve a vendor spot please contact Isabel Ramirez, event organizer and Parent Liaison HERE

For media requests please contact Jacqueline Pisano, Coordinator of Media and Public Relations HERE

For parent and child care registration information please contact Thomas Eukovich, Communications Coordinator HERE