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  • embrace language, culture, and history as a source of power and responsibility;

  • embrace their power and responsibility as an invitation to lead; and to

  • embrace their invitation to lead as an incentive to build partnerships with each other as a means of preparing themselves for a future of advocacy and the use of power for the betterment of our diverse communities.

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From Observation to Inspiration and Informed Action

This year's 14th Annual Student Leadership Institute (SLI 2022) will take place during the 2022 La Cosecha Conference on Friday, November 4, in Santa Fe.  We will bring together linguistically and culturally diverse students to focus on issues of identity, leadership, and the development of an asset-based perspective related to their diverse backgrounds.

 Cost: $75

This is an in-person event.

7:30 am - 4:30 pm MST

SLI 2022 will begin with students reflecting and working together to define their roles for the day and the work to which they are committing.  Students will then attend workshop sessions in the morning and after lunch.  Some workshops will be student led and all will support participants to reflect on ways to affect positive change in their communities.


Tertulias (brief round-table conversations) will take place in the afternoon and create a space where adult leaders will host intimate conversations about their own linguistic and cultural background and how their diverse experiences have helped them in their lives and along their career paths. They are intended to be informal and are a great way for adults to engage and briefly mentor our student leaders.

Registration for the Student Leadership Institute is Closed!
We look forward to seeing you in November!

SLI truly is an investment in our collective future that has the potential to be a benchmark moment in the minds of each of the participating students.  As a networking opportunity for our future leaders, it ensures that our young people form strong and meaningful peer relationships at a young age, recognize assets, and develop a sense of responsibility, commitment, and concern for one another.

STUDENTS: SLI is open to 8th - 12th grade students. Participating

students must be accompanied by a school sponsor. Student Sponsors attend SLI

at no additional cost.


Download the 2022 SLI Informational Flyer now. 


Questions? Contact Adrian Sandoval at

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