Leadership Academy

Developing Leaders for the Latino Community.

The LCLD's leadership academy is a non-partisan educational leadership training program aimed at providing promising individuals with a set of knowledge, skills, experiences, and networks necessary to assume and succeed in positions of impact.

Academy fellows will engage in quarterly trainings and have opportunities to learn from federal, state, municipal, and local leaders, as well as experts from the business, philanthropic, media, and community sectors. As a cohort, participants will partake in a community-focused initiative to address a current issue impacting the Latino community. Fellows will also have access to current research and policy ideas via the LCLD-Southern Methodist University Tower Center Policy Institute partnership.

The LCLD Leadership Academy is open to all qualifying individuals regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, citizenship status, or age. Individuals are identified by a selection committee through a 3-part interview process.

Ideal applicants must demonstrate a commitment to the Latino community through service and leadership with a desire to serve their community through positions of impact, such as policymaking roles, corporate or non-profit boards, appointments, or other leadership positions.

Promising leaders must have an interest to enhance their intellect, through thoughtfulness, collaboration, and civil dialogue. 

The 12-month academy consists of quarterly seminar in Texas, an individualized leadership toolkit, and community-centered activities. 

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