Call for Program Proposals
Third Annual New England Latino
Student Leadership Conference
La Conferencia de Nuestra Gente
Striving Toward Our Destiny: Using Our Past and Present to
Build the Future
Hosted by the College of the Holy Cross
February 18 & 19, 2005
The New England Latino Student Leadership Conference Committee
is happy to invite interested individuals to submit proposals
for presenting educational sessions during the conference.
The defined educational tracks listed below can be used as
a guideline in formulating your proposal. Please submit your
proposal using the on-line program
proposal submission form.
All submissions will be examined and
you will be notified concerning acceptance.
1) Reaffirming my Identity / Becoming a Latino
A big part of being a college student is the
journey in developing an identity that is independent from
family and/or school. Educational sessions for this track
can focus broadly on issues of identity development and growth,
as well as specific challenges in defining and taking ownership
of Latino/Hispanic identity and heritage. Session content
can also address the challenge of acceptance and taking pride
in ones cultural background given negative stereotypes and
Educational sessions for this track can also focus on issues
and challenges related to becoming a Latino Leader. Students
all face difficult decisions when it comes to taking a leadership
role in campus life. Sessions can focus on balancing academic
responsibility and campus/social involvement. Many times
these two areas are a constant struggle for student leaders.
Issues for possible examination are defining a balance of
these areas of student leadership, determining the value
of extra-curricular activities, and keeping an eye on the
2) Implementing / Strengthening our Latino Campus Organizations/Initiatives
The absence of Latino organizations/initiatives at some
schools is difficult for some students because many times
it also means the absence of support and cultural solidarity.
This reality can be complicated by the absence of Latin American
or Latino Studies on campus. Educational sessions for this
track can focus on beginning a Latino campus organization/initiative.
Issues for possible examination are defining the need for
a Latino organization/initiative, gaining student support,
gaining faculty and administrative support, and collaborations
with other area campuses, etc.
Educational sessions for this track can also
focus on strengthening Latino campus organizations/initiatives.
Establishing a Latino organization/initiative on campus is
a big accomplishment. Being able to strengthen, improve,
and sustain them presents a whole new set of challenges.
Issues for possible examination are networking, faculty involvement,
defining meaningful campus activism on Latino issues, programming
and events to meet and address membership needs, building
membership, joint events/co-sponsorship with other organizations,
3) Stepping out and Reconnecting with our Latino
Latino student leaders have responsibilities to their local
Latino communities? Being a college student sometimes means
being disconnected from our local Latino communities. Educational
sessions for this track can focus on ways of reconnecting
with the community both while a student and post-graduation.
Issues for possible examination are beginning off-campus
initiatives in the Latino community, recognizing community
needs, Latino public policy and politics, the present and
future of Latinos in business, and furthering Latino education,