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The principal objective of the Collegiate Leadership Development Program (CLDP) is to begin cultivating the next generation of Latino leaders through greater activism on their campuses and in their communities. The CLDP is designed to promote and facilitate constructive dialogue and interaction between Latino students and key university officials. Latino students will gain a better understanding of the university’s organizational structure and how students can play a more effective role in influencing and formulating university policy. Simultaneously, students will help university officials, including administrators, faculty, and staff, gain a better understanding of the needs and concerns of Latino students, and a greater appreciation for Latino interest in campus life and university affairs.

It is the belief of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) that the interests of the university are better served when all students have the opportunity to participate in influencing policy and activities. In order to participate effectively in campus life, Latino students need a better understanding of how their university administration works, how students can participate in the university’s “governmental” process, and how students are ultimately responsible for the quality of campus life.

The Collegiate Leadership Development Program (CLDP) is not a program that requires a great number of resources in order to be implemented. The primary requirement to ensure success is the time and commitment of those involved. The program is divided into four (4) sections over a seven (7) week time period to cover the various aspects of the university’s organizational structure that most directly affects Latino students. The series will consist of seven (7) weekly seminars, two weeks each on Administrations, Operations, and Academics, as well as one (1) session on financial literacy and budget management. Each of the seven sessions will be three (3) hours in duration for a total of 21 hours.

The Latino student participants must choose an advisor for the program. The advisor must be a university administrator, faculty, or staff member. The role of the advisor is to help organize and coordinate the program. The advisor is involved from the very beginning and should assist in securing the commitment of the university officials. The advisor should oversee the weekly preparation for the meetings. The advisor should not dominate the program and prevent the students from acquiring valuable organization experience, but should remain close enough to the program to help anticipate and/or correct any problems that may arise.

Program Guidlines

  • Paticipants: College Students and University Officials

  • Program Length: 7 Weeks

  • Program Culmination: 2017 USHLI National Conference

  • Scholarship: To receive a USHLI National Conference scholarship, participants must attend all seven sessions of the CLDP. Scholarships are non-transferable and for first-time graduates only.

  • Records: Agendas, sign-in and sign-out sheets, copies of all materials provided in each session (budget summary, table of organization, etc.) should be forwarded to USHLI.

  • More Information: Please contact Adrian Calderon at acalderon@ushli.org.

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