Summer Latino Leadership Summit begins July 2

(06-29-2012)

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Monica Ramos, sophomore, and Tiana Hicks, junior, prepare for the summit with  a mock interview.

The Summer Latino Leadership Summit (SLLS), hosted by Adams State University, will include 30 high school students from as far away as New Jersey and as close as Alamosa High School. The event, on July 2, 3, and 4, provides an opportunity to obtain a scholarship to Adams State.

Aaron Miltenberger, assistant director of Student Life, organized the event. He said SLLS, a student facilitated and culturally relevant event, will strengthen Latino leadership in the region. "We believe it is essential to strengthen leadership skills by providing opportunities for current and future Adams State students to learn about leadership from peer mentors."

Miltenberger said it is crucial for young people to learn to be leaders in their community. "Adams State University, as Colorado's oldest Hispanic Serving Institution, wanted to provide leadership training that would benefit the Latino communities in our region." He refers to current students as "experts" on Latino leadership. "The energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge of young people is already changing the world."

The summit's goal includes inspiring the participants to return to their communities, schools, and families with energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge, and teach others how to be great leaders.

The event is sponsored by a FIPSE (Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education) grant, Enrollment Management, Student Life and Recreation, Extended Studies, and Higher Education Administration & Leadership (HEAL).