llinois LAtino Council on Higher Education

ILACHE Leadership Institute

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The Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education Leadership Institute’s (ILI) mission is to promote professional growth and prepare Latin@ leaders to become effective community builders and strong advocates for higher education in colleges, communities, and the professions.

The Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education Leadership Institute (ILI) program is composed of seminars throughout 10 months of the academic year that promote professional growth and prepare Latin@ leaders for the next step in their professional careers. The seminars will begin on September 2018 and end in June 2019. The seminars include a range of topics related to Latino policy, advocacy and skills necessary for Latin@s in any leadership position.

The program will admit a maximum of 15 professionals. The application process is competitive. Professionals admitted to the program are required to attend all seminars and meet with a designated mentor. The ILI Program incorporates a two-tiered model that includes active organizing in the higher education community. Professionals are required to attend all sessions and volunteer at the ILACHE Annual Conference.


Upon successful completion of the institute, program participants will be able to:

  • Increase their understanding of the higher education system to become leaders and advocates
  • Learn to effectively navigate  the higher education work environment while remaining ethically rooted
  • Reflect on and assess their professional competencies for practice utilizing a culturally competent approach
  • Understand and describe how to facilitate political empowerment to advance a collective social justice agenda in higher education
  • Gain a stronger understanding of the ways higher education professionals apply theory and research to practice
  • Understand the role of Latin@ professional organizations such as ILACHE and increase their integration into their structure and organizational initiatives


  • Attend all 10 monthly seminars (Saturdays 9am-2pm)
  • Interact with designated mentor each month
  • Complete all assignments on time and present relevant experiential and/or 
material related examples of concepts 

  • Develop a portfolio
  • Become an active ILACHE member including volunteering and/or presenting at its annual conference in 2019


Participants are to engage in all seminar session discussions and complete all assigned and supportive readings, and assignments. Each participant is expected to be an active participant in this process and to seek out and consult additional text, handouts, journals, articles, and monographs for more in-depth exposure to particular related concepts.


September through June (one session a month – ten sessions) from 9am-2pm

$500 per person

Northeastern Illinois University El Centro
3390 N. Avondale Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

Northeastern Illinois University

Application has been extended until August 30, 2018. The online application consists of the following:

  1. Two recommenders (name, email, and phone)
  2. Resume
  3. Essay.

The essay is an opportunity to tell us about yourself and your experiences related to the Latino and higher education community. We wish to know how you intend to use your degree and leadership abilities to help Latino students. You will answer the following question (maximum 500 words): What do you hope to gain from the ILI Program and how would you use what you obtain to further advance the Latino community? Please identify your leadership strengths within your response.




  • Must submit a complete ILACHE Leadership Application.
  • The ILI Committee will review all applications and notify applicants by August 30, 2018.

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