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Preparing to Lead: An Initiative for Next Generation Latino Leadership Program Overview

It is estimated that the Latino community will double in size over the next 40 years and will comprise more than 30% of the United States population by 2050. To help develop a cadre of next generation leaders from and for this community, the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) has established the Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI), which hosted its first class of young leaders in June 2010.

The initiative has been made possible by a generous donation of seed funding by Entravision Communications Corporation, and by Entravision’s Chairman and CEO, Walter Ulloa. CPL is grateful to Mr. Ulloa for his visionary leadership in supporting the initial phase of the Initiative.

Program Participants

The LLI annually serves some of the nation’s most promising undergraduates with demonstrated interest in serving the Latino community. Its mission is to recruit participants whose academic achievement will be complemented by an intensive, week long leadership development program at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Program Objectives

  • To enhance the leadership capacity and understanding of a cadre of students committed to serving the Latino community;
  • To help participants form a strong and durable bond among themselves and with other leaders; and
  • To inspire participants to view their own possibilities for leadership and professional achievement as limitless.

Program Structure

The LLI features classroom sessions on a range of leadership development topics, including self-awareness and core competencies such as public speaking, decision making and negotiation. In addition, the young leaders have an opportunity to network and build a community among themselves, and to interact with a range of leaders from the nonprofit, business, and government sectors. LLI participants are also responsible for creating personal leadership action plans and team based community service projects designed to enrich their local communities and help them utilize their new leadership skill sets.

Program Dates

Every year in June; dates to be announced


In order to be eligible for the LLI, applicants must meet the following criteria by their sophomore or junior year:

  • Be nominated by their school
  • Be in the summer between the junior and senior year of their undergraduate studies
  • Plan to be on campus for their entire senior year
  • Have a demonstrated interest in learning about leadership development
  • Have a demonstrated interest and track record of community and school involvement in helping to serve the Latino community
  • Be a U.S citizen, legal permanent resident, or a legal U.S visitor with a valid visa and passport
  • Must have a GPA 3.20 or higher
  • Be able to spend an entire week in the month of June 2015 at a site designated by the Kennedy School

For more information

Contact our LLI program manager:
Casey Otis-Cote
Associate Director, Gleitsman Program in Leadership for Social Change
Center for Public Leadership
Harvard Kennedy School
79 JFK Street, Box 124
Cambridge, MA  02138
Phone: 617.496.6503
Fax: 617.496.3337

University of Massachusetts Boston LLI Representatives:

Albis Mejia
Academic Advisor
Student Support Services
Campus Center – 1 – 1014

Liliana Mickle
Special Assistant to the Vice Provost
Academic Support Services & Undergraduate Studies
Campus Center – 1 – 1011
Phone: 617.287.6115

Sherrod Williams
Interim Dean for Co-curricular Learning and Development
Phone: 617.287.7966