The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Leader-in-Residence is a competitive program where students from HACU-member institutions across the U.S. and Puerto Rico apply to receive leadership and career development training. Selected students are designated as a "HACU Leader-in-Residence" at their home institution. These Leaders receive a sponsorship to participate in the Student Track component of the HACU Annual Conference, known as the ¡Adelante! Leadership Institute. 

In addition, Leaders will participate in HACU leadership development webinars during the academic year. Leaders will also serve as a HACU resource to other students on their campus. Each Leader will be required to identify a Faculty Advisor/Dean at their university and meet with their Advisor during the course of the program. Leaders are expected to conduct an information session on HACU internships, scholarships, and other services on their campus as well as assist in increasing engagement of their fellow students in HACU’s programs and advocacy efforts.



  • HACU ¡Adelante! Leadership Institute Sponsorship (Includes conference registration, round-trip airfare, four night lodging, conference meals, event preparation guidelines, and contact information for HACU Student Services staff)
  • Participation in Leadership Development webinars throughout the year
  • Certificate of Completion upon meeting all of the requirements of the leadership program
  • Complimentary HACU Student Affiliate Annual Membership 


  • Minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average 
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Have not received a HACU Conference Sponsorship for the 2021 Annual Conference
  • Must be enrolled at a college or university in the Fall 2022
  • Must be willing to be sponsored by a corporate, federal, or nonprofit sponsor  


Meet the 2019 HACU Leader-in-Residence Recipients: