As part of its ongoing mission to educate the next generation of Latino leaders, through its innovative immersive-disruptive learning model, the National Hispanic Institute will be bringing nearly 150 students from five states (Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Ohio, and Texas) to the Colorado Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session, taking place June 19-26 at Colorado State University.
The Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session (known to NHIers as the LDZ) is the second program within a three-part series called the School for Community Social Entrepreneurship, designed by NHI for high school students with the potential to become leaders within the U.S. and global Latino communities.
Though NHI notes that 98 percent of its students enter college, with 90 percent receiving college degrees within five years, the program is focused on much more than higher education, seeing college as only one step toward a principled leadership thinking about the Latino community from the perspective of what it can offer, and not what problems within it need to be fixed.
It’s a forward-looking leadership program which NHI president and founder Ernesto Nieto characterizes as “looking into the future.”
“We’re looking at preparation for global leadership, throughout the Americas, that factors in what we’ll need in 20 or 30 years, not just today,” he said.
The program utilizes what NHI terms immersive-disruptive learning, a self-directed, student-centered learning method that encourages critical thinking and challenges societal assumptions and conventions.
“Our programs do more than teach students to be better public speakers, practice public policy, and prepare for college,” said Nieto. “Our programs equip young people with the skills and competencies they need to critically assess their operating beliefs and outlooks, to make strategic changes in the mental models they use to make critical decisions about themselves, and to develop the insight and capacities to change themselves from within.”
He added, “This enables them to exercise greater control over the outcomes they most desire in furthering their personal development, their readiness to lead healthy economic social and economic lives, and capacities to play key roles as leaders in the communities where they live.”
Though the evolving series will soon add a program for incoming freshmen as well as one for college students, the LDZ introduces students to core NHI concepts as well as helping them to develop public speaking and teamwork skills.
The program runs June 19th through the 25th on the CSU campus. Here are the events open to the public:
- Welcome Address & Opening Ceremony: 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, June 22nd, CSU Lory Student Center North Ballroom.
- Closing Ceremony: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, June 24th, CSU Lory Student Center North Ballroom
- Final Supreme Court Trial: 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, June 24th, CSU Lory Student Center North Ballroom
- Awards Ceremony: 6-8 p.m. Saturday, June 25th, CSU Lory Student Center Theatre
For more information about NHI, its programs, and its new path for developing leaders, visit https://www.nationalhispanicinstitute.org/.