Indiana Latino Leadership Conference History
The Indiana Latino Leadership Conference (ILLC) was established to provide a venue that recognized the educational experiences and challenges Latinos face in a forum by and for students. The goal of the forum was and continues to be to cultivate the exchange of ideas, values, and beliefs in order to promote scholarship, leadership, cultural awareness and community. Through encouraging further academic inquiry and student development, ILLC’s mission is to empower Indiana’s college and high school Latino’s. While the conference focuses on Latino related topics, this conference is open to everyone – not just Latinos.
For the first eight years, the ILLC was held on the Indiana University, Bloomington campus. In 2008, the ILLC leadership expended through the collaboration between Indiana University and Purdue University to host the conference on the Purdue University, West Lafayette campus. The partnership to cultivate student leadership and academic success has since grown to include other hosting institutions. By expending the partnership and rotating the location of the conference, ILLC hopes to create a strong educational and support network to develop strategies that will result in resolving the challenges of Latina/o educational attainment.
In its 14th conference session, Indiana University and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis will be collaborating for the 2013 Indiana Latinos Leadership Conference. Together, the ILLC planning committee, which comprises of representatives from various universities and colleges are working towards creating a nexus for culture, identity, education, community, career development, current issues, and leadership information. This is a testament to the students’ efforts to continue the advancement of students’ active learning and development of a strong student network across the state of Indiana.
Latinos continue to contribute to a wide range of multiple skills and ideas that grow communities which reflect our rich diversity. The Indiana Latino Leadership Conference aims to express this through its main theme: LatiKnow Yourself: I Am… and Much More! Although our communities are often boxed-in as one monolithic group with simplistic descriptions in the media and popular culture, our hope is that all conference participants will learn and engage in a meaningful day of breaking away from simplified perceptions of what describes a Latino.
It is our goal to execute a state conference on Latino Leadership. The conference’s purpose is to fulfill an increasing need for awareness of specific challenges Latinos face in obtaining education. This will result in forming a community of leaders that support Latino students in achieving academic success.
The hope is to accomplish this by creating a networking, educational, and support setting that would result in cooperation and strategies that will result in resolving the challenge of educating Latinos.
14th Annual Indiana Latino Leadership Conference
LatiKnow Yourself: I Am… and Much More!
March 2, 2013 8am – 5pm
Campus Center at IUPUI