Indiana Latino
Leadership Conference
Indiana University Northwest | Gary, IN

About the Conference



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.


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 acadesmic 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.

Indiana University Northwest (IUN) and Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) are proud to work together this year to host the 16th Annual Indiana Latino Leadership Conference (ILLC) on the IUN, Gary 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.

For this year, the 16th Annual Indiana Latino Leadership Conference will encompass three key components: acknowledgement, recognition, and empowerment. Through acknowledgement, we, as a Latino community, bring awareness to issues affecting us in health, education, employment, finances, politics or immigration. Next, comes recognition of the diversity that exists within the Latino/a community and the effects our various struggles have impacted our identity. As a diverse community, Latino/as have no single identity but represent people from all races, religions, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientation, and countries of origin. Finally, by empowering ourselves through our individuality and our Latino/a roots, we are endowed to inspire others in our growing community. As an empowered community, we can enact change for Latino/as for generations to come, remembering that :Together We Rise #QuererEsPoder

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.