UNM Partners with National Hispanic Institute for Youth Leadership Development Experience in 2023: UNM Newsroom


The University of New Mexico (UNM) is partnering with the National Hispanic Institute (NHI) to host the 2023 Dionisio “Dennis” Chavez New Mexico Lorenzo de Zavala (LDZ) Youth Legislative Session for high school students across the country. ‘State.

This event will host 150 top students in a week-long leadership experience on UNM’s main campus from June 11-18, 2023, and highlight the legacy of the late Dionisio “Dennis” Chavez. The program is made possible by special funding from the New Mexico Legislature introduced by State Senator Michael Padilla.

Chavez, who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1931 to 1935 and the United States Senate from 1935 to 1962, was the first Hispanic person elected to a full term in the Senate and the first senator to be born in New York. Mexico.

“Since 1982, NHI has presented more than 160 legislative sessions for LDZ youth across the United States, Mexico and Latin America,” said Lawrence Roybal, associate vice chancellor for community initiatives at the Science Center of UNM health.

“NHI is a highly respected nonprofit organization with a 43-year history of national and international youth leadership development and was selected through a statewide competitive process,” said said Rosa Isela Cervantes, director and special adviser to the UNM president for Latina/o affairs. , UNM Center of the Raza.

The National Hispanic Institute’s LDZ Experience presents an eight-day creative learning program for college-bound 10th and 11th graders. It engages participants in active learning by having them play key leadership roles using community engagement and legislative guidance.

Through NHI’s Community Equity Building approach, students form communities, develop constituencies, and strategize to build on strengths and capacities. “The LDZ experience brings about a personal transformation whereby students feel competent, in control of their life direction, valued in the eyes of others, and committed to adding equity and value to their community,” said Gloria of Leon,

Co-founder of NHI and architect of the LDZ experience. “It inspires young minds to engage in proactive solutions as a lifelong process.”

“I am grateful to NHI for once again bringing such an innovative and life-changing experience to students in New Mexico. Throughout the week, I witnessed such powerful leadership, personal growth and true courage, which will serve these students for the rest of their lives,” said Senator Michael Padilla.

New Mexico high school sophomores and juniors with a GPA of 3.2 or higher are encouraged to apply. Selected students will be named Dennis Chavez Scholars and attend free of charge, except for transportation to and from UNM in Albuquerque, and a $25 application processing fee.

Students are encouraged to promptly submit their online application to the Dionisio “Dennis” Chavez National Hispanic Institute New Mexico LDZ at https://www.nationalhispanicinstitute.org/event-4955183. Admission begins October 7, 2022 and ends once the program reaches capacity.

For more information, contact Gloria de Leon at [email protected], 512-587-3465 or National Hispanic Institute at 512-357-6137.


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