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 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.
This year as part of our 15th year anniversary, we are taking this time to reflect on the history and accomplishments of Latinos as well as where we hope to be in the years to come. The Indiana Latino Leadership Conference aims to express this through its main theme: “Looking Back, Looking Ahead! The Latino population will have an impact in the area of demographics, but it is for us to determine where we will have an impact on other aspects of U.S. society. What can we learn from our past to plan for the future?
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 15th Annual Indiana Latino Leadership Conference will be returning to Indiana University’s Bloomington campus after traveling for seven years to other Indiana institutions of higher education (Purdue University, IUPUI, Ivy Tech Community College-Valparaiso, Ball State University, Marian University and IUPUI). We have a lot to celebrate and we want to make this our biggest and best conference so far! As part of its 15th anniversary, we are expanding the conference into a two-day event to include a high school overnight program that will provide extensive college preparation. On March 1st, we will host our 15th Annual Indiana Latino Leadership Conference open to everyone including high school, college and non-students as well as non-Latinos.
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.
15th Annual Indiana Latino Leadership Conference
“Looking Back, Looking Ahead”
High School Overnight Program Registration
February 28, 2014
Indiana University – Bloomington IN
March 1, 2014
Indiana University – Bloomington IN