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LARES Summer Institute

LARES Summer Intitute


Target: Latino freshmen who are interested in developing their leadership potential and becoming agents of change for the Latino community.

Topics: To become an effective change agent, students must understand who they are and where they come from; the socioeconomic and political issues plaguing Latinos in the US; and, the civic engagement foundation needed to effectively represent Latino interests.

To help students become change agents, the following topics are explored during this two-week Institute:

  • Identity Exploration
  • Racial / Ethnic Exploration
  • Socioeconomic Inequality: Oppression & Discrimination in the U.S.
  • The Latino Policy Agenda (Education, Economic, Healthcare, Immigration, Political Representation)
  • Becoming an Agent of Change: Civic Engagement Strategies (Town Hall Simulation / Lobbying Simulation)
  • Academic Perseverance Strategies (Vignettes)

Goal: To develop strong Latino student leaders who are not only passionate about their education and profession objectives, but are also committed to the empowerment of the Latino community.

  • Leadership Development: Participants of the LARES Summer Institute are extended an invitation to join LARES Leaders.
  • Greater Awareness: Participants are exposed to Latino policy concerns & social mobilization strategies; knowledge is power!
  • New Friends: Participants interact and build bonds with fellow incoming Latino freshmen and seasoned Latino undergraduate student leaders.
  • LARES Exposure: Participants are exposed to the various services offered by the LARES program including: advising, ASP courses, tutoring, seminars, scholarships, internships, career exploration, and leadership development.
  • Book Voucher: Participants with perfect attendance receive a book voucher at the end of the Institute!
  • Free: Not only is the Institute free of charge, but you will be provided with free food and a free LARES t-shirt!

13th Annual LARES Summer Institute

August 12- 16, 2024
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: UIC, TBA

Application window opens March 29, 2024 and closes July 26, 2024.


For more information-

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Dr. Mitzi Ramos