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The rapid growth of the Latino population presents a set of opportunities and challenges that must be confronted by researchers and policy makers. The Latino Center for Leadership Development was formed to create a pipeline of leaders and ideas equipped to address these issues.

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In order to best address the rising opportunities and challenges faced by the Latino community, the Latino Center for Leadership Development provides:

Our Work in Action

Real Leaders. Real Solutions. Real Change.

  • Claudia Sandoval
    Claudia Sandoval
    Leadership Academy Fellow

    “The Leadership Academy motivated me to become more involved in my community and to seek elected office.”

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  • Ailleen Cardona
    Ailleen Cardona
    Policy Institute Fellow

    “The Policy Institute has provided me a unique platform to collaborate with other academics and practitioners on the advancement of ideas and policy solutions to serve the Latino community.”

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  • Jose Luis Zelaya
    Jose Luis Zelaya
    Student Volunteer

    “In-state tuition for undocumented students in Texas provided me a path to realizing my dreams. The successful efforts to preserve the law positively impacts thousands of Texans and their families.”

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The fact that America’s future will be determined by Latinos only serves the Latino community if new ideas and leaders are cultivated. At the Latino Center for Leadership Development, we are focused on unlocking the potential of the Latino community by transforming talk into action.

“The LatinoCLD’s Leadership Academy helps cultivate emerging leaders who hold a desire to serve their community in policy roles or appointed and elected office.

- Henry Cisneros, Former Mayor of San Antonio, TX, and U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development -

“The research produced by the LatinoCLD-SMU Tower Center Policy Institute will serve as an asset for policy makers and will help create policies to improve the lives of individuals across Texas and the nation.

- Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas,Texas -

“The LatinoCLD has been an excellent partner on initiatives that bring awareness to the growing influence of the Latino population in the United States.

- Dr. Juan Hernandez, Global Political Consultant and CNN Español Commentator -


Catch up on our efforts to develop new leaders and ideas for the Latino community

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The Politics of Latina/o Faith: Examining Religion as a Political Cleavage Among Latinas/os

The Politics of Latina/o Faith: Examining Religion as a Political Cleavage Among Latinas/os

Posted on Sep. 29, 2016

Download a PDF Version of the research implications here.

Alicia Reyes-Barriéntez
Ph.D. Candidate, Duke University
Latino CLD/SMU Latino Politics Fellow

Research Implications
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