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Latino Leadership Initiative

Texas A&M International University and the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School are proud to offer rising juniors the unique opportunity to expand their leadership knowledge through a week long program. Each year, six TAMIU students are selected to participate in the Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI) that brings together students from across the country. The students require a two-year commitment, as they will work together with the Office of Student Affairs to complete a community action project aimed at assisting Latino students in the region. Applications are made available in January of each academic year and students selected, will be notified by late March or early April.

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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a student with a junior level standing at the time of application.
  • Plan to be on campus for their entire senior year.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, or legal U.S. visitor with a valid visa and passport.
  • Have at least a 3.20 grade point average

More Information About 2016 Coming Soon

For more information about the Harvard Kennedy School, please visit

To read about the 2014 Latino Leadership Initiative, please visit TAMIU Press Release

For more information about the Latino Leadership Initiative, please visit the Center for Public Leadership.

Latino Leadership Initative Projects

At the conclusion of each Latino Leadership Initiative, students return to their campus and must complete a project to enhance the city and school they are a part of.  Below is a list of the projects completed to date.

Class of 2014 (Kazandra Aleman, Jackelyne Briseno, Laura Gonzalez, Melba Gomez-Salinas, Rebecca Palacios, Miguel San Miguel)

This group of student worked with the Mexican Consulate and developed a presentation to "Dreamers" about higher education and general services available to them including Deferred Action.

Class of 2013 (Eduardo Castillo, Betty Gonzalez, Leslie Martinez, Jesus, Vasquez, Karina Vidal and Lorena Zapata)

This group of students focused their attention on creating informative podcasts to create awareness of the opportunities available to the students of TAMIU, Laredo, and South Texas.  Their programs are available as audio files and have been included below.

Class of 2012 (Rafael Contreras, Sarah Gomez, Agar Hernandez, Stephanie Hernandez, Guadalupe Osoria and Victoria Young)

More information coming soon.

Class of 2011 (Miriam Abrego, Marcos Dimas, Joel Alexis Jurado, Connie Lerma, Laura Mendez, and Carlos Pacheco)

More information coming soon.

Class of 2010 (Andrea Beattie, Alejandro De La Fuente, Cyntha De La Miyar, Jennifer Gonzalez, Jose Ramon Lara and Arlyn Martinez)

This group of students helped launch a new age of leadership training at TAMIU.  With their assistance two co-curricular programs took shape and are entitled Freshman Leadership Organization and Leadership TAMIU.  Both of these leadership inititatives also gave light to the current certificate in international leadership available to students at the University.  More information coming soon.

Related Institutional Goals/Principles

Imperative 1: Students 1.1 Attract and admit a diverse and international student body.
  1.2 Increase enrollment, retention, and graduation rates.
  1.3 Prepare students for successful leadership roles.
  1.4 Engage students in activities that enrich their lives.
  1.5 Provide programs and services that support established student outcomes.
Imperative 5: Service 5.1 Expand collaborative service, volunteerism, and outreach activities.
Undergraduate Learning Principle 1: Respective and Expressive Communication Skills
Undergraduate Learning Principle 2: Critical Thinking
Undergraduate Learning Principle 3: Integration and Application of Knowledge
Undergraduate Learning Principle 4: Understanding Society and Culture
Undergraduate Learning Principle 5: Appreciating Values and Ethics
TAMIU Trailblazers: Personal Enrichment (Leadership Stage)

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