History

Indiana Latino Leadership Conference

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 Latina/o’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 Latino educational attainment.

In its 15th conference session, ILLC will be returning to the Indiana University, Bloomington campus. The 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.

Click on the website from last year’s conferences (highlighted in bold):
ILLC 2000-2007 – Indiana University, Bloomington
LLC 2008 – Purdue University
ILLC 2009- Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
ILLC 2010 – Ivy Tech Community College, Valparaiso
ILLC 2011 - Ball State University
ILLC 2012 – Marian University
ILLC 2013 - Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis