The 22nd Annual Latino Higher Education Leadership Institute: " Exploring Diverse and Inclusive Workforce Strategies that Lead to Organizational Success " is a dynamic, one-day event for faculty, staff, and administrators at any stage of their careers, which will focus on strategies for moving up the faculty and administrative ladders in higher education. Expert presenters cover a variety of subjects related to the program theme.  Breakout sessions will explore essential topics in greater depth. The day concludes with a panel comprised of top Latina/o college and university presidents.

Below please find the agenda for the 22nd Annual Latino Higher Education Leadership Institute, a pre-conference event of the 37th Annual Conference. To download a flyer, please click here.


October 28, 2023

(Subject to Change)

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Onsite Registration / Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:35 a.m.

Event Kickoff / Introductions

Paul Machen, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Institute for Professional Leadership

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

8:35 – 8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Dr. Antonio Flores, HACU President/CEO, or designee

8:45– 9:45 a.m.

Morning Keynote Presentation--Solidarity and Collective Impact: Reflections and Strategies on Creating People and Community-Centered Organizational Change in Education

Eric Castillo, Ph.D. 

Associate Vice Chancellor of Arts, Culture, and Community Impact

Alamo Colleges District


9:45 – 10:00 a.m.


10:00 – 10:15 a.m.


Sponsor Presentation


10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Session 1--Navigating Ever-Changing Leadership Challenges With Grace and Success  

Sofia Martinez Ramos, Ph.D. 

Director, Diversity and Inclusion

College of Education

University of Arizona


Session 2--The DEI Pathway: Opportunities and Challenges

Amalia Pallares, Ph.D. 

Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Engagement

Professor of Political Science and Latin American and Latino Studies

University of Illinois at Chicago

Session 3--Developing Your Personal Brand in an Ever-Changing Landscape

Alejandra (Andy) Gamboa 

Manager, Diversity and Inclusion Enterprise Team



12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch--Keynote Speaker

Juan Salgado


City Colleges of Chicago   

 1:30 - 1:55 pm


White House Fellows Program Presentation
Francisco Leija, Margarita Colmenares, Vanessa Cobarrubias, and Adan Gonzalez 


2:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Latino Higher Education Leadership Institute Reflection Activity

Dr. Paul Machen

Executive Director, Institute for Professional Leadership, HACU

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.


2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

Presidents Panel


Daniel López, Ph.D. 


Harold Washington College, Illinois


Milagros "Milly" Peña, Ph.D.


Purchase College, New York


Federico Zaragoza, Ph.D. 


College of Southern Nevada, Nevada


Jennifer Zellet, Ph.D. 


Antelope Valley College, California

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Wrap -Up and Evaluations

To register for this pre-conference event, click here.

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Paul A. Machen II Ph.D.
Executive Director, Institute for Professional Leadership
Phone: (210) 576-3229