The Indiana Latino Leadership Conference was established to provide a venue that celebrates the uniqueness of Latino students in a forum by and for students. This forum seeks to cultivate the exchange of ideas, values, and beliefs in order to promote scholarship, leadership, cultural awareness and community. By focusing on these goals, the Latino Enhancement Cooperative believes it will encourage further academic inquiry, student development and empowerment of Indiana's college and high schools Latinos.
The conference’s purpose is also to fulfill an increasing need for awareness of specific challenges Latinos face in obtaining education. The result is the forming of a community of leaders that support Latino students in achieving academic success. Although the conference concerns topics concerning the Latino community, the conference encourages the participation and involvement of individuals from all other cultural and racial backgrounds.
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. Other institutions who have hosted the conference include: IUPUI, Ivy Tech Community College-Valparaiso, Ball State University, Marion University, IU Northwest and DePauw University.
Indiana University Kokomo and Bloomington are proud to work together this year to host the 19th Annual Indiana Latino Leadership Conference (ILLC) on the IU Kokomo campus. Through the support and collaboration of various communities across the state of Indiana, it is our hope to bring awareness to issues relevant and important to Latinos/as. We envision the conference as a way for Latinos/as from across the state to come together in an academic and professional setting to stimulate or enhance their leadership abilities within their communities. This conference hopes to provide this through insightful workshops, speakers and resources on culture, education, identity, leadership, and mentorship.
The Indiana Latino Leadership Conference recognizes the diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and ideas that gives strength to the complexity of the intersectionality of identities within the Latino population. These diverse identities deserve recognition and the understanding of the role they play in dismantling the stereotypes that hinder and hurt our community. Our commitment in this educational effort is not only for Latinos but non-Latinos as well. It is our hope that this conference can be a catalyst towards building a stronger community of Indiana Latinos who can learn from each other, inspire one another, and create a network of mentoring and opportunities.
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.