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Harvard Announces More Diverse Latino Leadership Initiative for 2012

Harvard Announces More Diverse Latino Leadership Initiative for 2012

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The Center for Public Leadership (CPL)  at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) announced today that the third installment of its Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI) will comprise the most diverse group of students to date, more than 70% of whom are the first in their families to attend college. The number of participants in the initiative, the number of participating universities, and the number of financial sponsors have also grown.

Launched in 2010, LLI is a weeklong program that prepares rising college seniors for the opportunities and challenges they will face in the coming decades. On June 23, Harvard will welcome to campus 41 students who were chosen from a highly selective application process. The participating schools are Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles); University of California, Merced; Texas A&M International University; the University of Houston; the University of Massachusetts–Boston; the University of Texas–Pan American; Miami Dade College; and, for the first time, the City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College.

The LLI curriculum includes classes on public narrative, community organizing, negotiation, moral leadership, innovation, arts and activism, and public speaking. LLI participants will also have opportunities to build relationships with respected Latino mentors from the government, nonprofit, and business sectors.

After their week in Cambridge, MA, students will work in teams with faculty and administration from their home university to design and implement a community service project. For example, Texas A&M International University’s community project for the past three years has been a mentoring program that has served more than 300 undergraduates and has led to the creation of a leadership minor. The University of Texas–Pan American project has helped more than 6,000 students register to vote.

Quarterly teleconferences hosted by CPL will promote cross-pollination among the projects while helping students integrate into the projects the personal development goals they identified during LLI.

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