Publish Date: 3-8-2011, 8:39 a.m.
By : Professor Robert O'Toole

James Ramos, Chairman of the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians, Trustee of the SBCCD, and member of the California State Board of Education will speak to the campus and the public on March 15 at 1 p.m. in the Finkelstein Performing Arts Center. Hosted by the Phi Beta Lambda chapter of CHC, the event is free. The Chairman will speak on how history and culture drive a sense of community.

A proven civic leader in the Inland Empire and a successful entrepreneur operating restaurants, Chairman Ramos has served on the boards of numerous groups and organizations promoting business, economic and social opportunities.  In addition to tribal government issues, Chairman Ramos continues to work with the tribe’s agenda of community involvement by reaching out to the surrounding communities and local governments to work collaboratively on issues that improve the quality of life for all citizens.

Chairman Ramos has a deep commitment to the preservation of California Indian Culture. He is the co-founder of the Tribal Unity and Cultural Awareness Program at San Manuel and serves as director of the California Indian Cultural Awareness Conference held annually at Cal State San Bernardino. He also serves as Chairman of the California State Native American Heritage Commission.

Phi Beta Lambda belongs to the national organization FBLA-PBL, Inc. The national organization consists of four levels, the largest of which is the Future Business Leaders of America at the high school level. Phi Beta Lambda is the collegiate level, and despite the Greek name, operates as a professional business organization and not as a fraternity. FBLA-PBL, Inc. is the largest student business organization of its type, with over 250,000 members.

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