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Student Leadership Institute

Leading Our Own Transitions to Career and College!


  • 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.

Thursday, November 9

University of New Mexico 

7:30 am - 4:30 pm (MST)


Leading Our Own Transitions to Career and College!


This year's 15th Annual Student Leadership Institute (SLI 2023) will take place during the 2023 La Cosecha Conference on Thursday, November 9, on the UNM Campus.  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.

This is an in-person event.

SLI 2023 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 and explore the campus to gather information for attendees.  Some workshops will be student led and all activities will support participants to reflect and practice their leadership skills.


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 2023 SLI Informational Flyer now. 


Questions? Contact Adrian Sandoval at


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.

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