United States Hispanic Leadership Institute 39th National Conference
Despite the global pandemic, the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute moved forward with hosting its 39th National Conference, February 18-20, 2021. Its theme this year was “New Leadership, A New Beginning.” Despite having to be held virtually this year, the USHLI National Conference continued its tradition of hosting a powerful conference.
Based in Chicago and led by Dr. Juan Andrade of Brownwood, Texas, the mission of USHLI is to fulfil the promises and principles of democracy by promoting education and leadership development, by empowering Latinos and similarly disenfranchised groups through civic engagement and research, and by maximizing participation in the electoral process.
In my opinion, the USHLI National Conference is one of the premier collegiate student leadership conferences in the country. Notably, the most preeminent leaders in our nation attend the conference every year to inspire and challenge students to reach their fullest potential to move America forward.
As always, I enjoyed participating in the conference this year. In addition to presenting my workshop “Sin Fronteras: A Workshop on Building Multi-Racial and Multi-Cultural Coalitions and Alliances,” I also served as a panellist on the women’s panel “Empowering Women of Color for Social Change.” Moderated by Jacquelyn Puente, Executive Director of Internal Affairs at Comcast, panellists also included Stephanie Lopez, Program Manager at LatinasRepresent and Dr. Dilara Sayeed, Educator and Illinois Muslim Civic Coalition. I absolutely enjoyed our passionate conversation.
Thank you, Dr. Juan Andrade. for your leadership and vision in creating such an impactful organization and national conference. Also, thank you for always inviting me to participate. Leadership development is central to making our communities, country and world better places for all.