The 23rd Annual Latino Higher Education Leadership Institute 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.

The program theme for this year is: "Utilizing High Impact and Equitable Programs to Achieve Organizational Excellence"

Below please find the agenda for the 23rd  Annual Latino Higher Education Leadership Institute, a pre-conference event of the 38th Annual Conference.

November 1, 2024

(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, HACU

8:35 – 8:45 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Lisa Alcorta, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Programs and Operations, HACU

8:45– 9:45 a.m.

Morning Keynote Presentation--Designing Equity: Crafting Pathways for Student Success

Mordecai Ian Brownlee, Ed.D. 
Community College of Aurora (Colorado)

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.


10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Sponsor Presentation TBD

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Session #1--From Vision to Reality: Launching a Transformational Initiative at your University  

Ariel C. Armony, Ph.D. 
Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs
Director, University Center for International Studies
Professor of Public & International Affairs and Political Science
University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania)

Session #2--The Northeast Lakeview College (NLC) Decision Support Ecosystem

Veronica Garcia, Ph.D, President & Tangila Dove
, Ph.D., VP for Student Success
Northeast Lakeview College (Texas)

Session #3--Strategic Empowerment: Leveraging the Potential of Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) for Equitable Progress

Mayrismir Cordero, South Central Regional Hub & Experiential Learning Coordinator
Academic Program Coordinator, Palo Alto College (Texas)

12:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch Keynote--Leveraging Latino Leadership: Advancing Equity in Challenging Times

Joe Garcia, JD 
Colorado Community College System (Colorado) 

 1:30 - 2:00 pm White House Fellows Presentation

Francisco Leija, Margarita Colmenares, Vanessa Cobarrubias, and Adan Gonzalez  

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Latino Higher Education Leadership Institute Reflection Activity

Paul Machen, Ph.D., Executive Director, Institute for Professional Leadership, HACU

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.


2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

Presidents Panel

Salvador D. Aceves, Ed.D. 
Regis University (Colorado)

Veronica Garcia, Ph.D. 
Northeast Lakeview College (Texas)

Amy Parsons, JD 
Colorado State University (Colorado)

Lester Sandres Rápalo, Ed.D. 

Rockland Community College (New York)

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