MC selected for Latino Policy Forum

Morton College will join 19 other organizations in a fifth cohort of the Illinois Latino Nonprofit Leadership Academy, an intensive program designed to empower leaders that serve the Latino community, coordinated through the Latino Policy Forum.  With 34 participants, the Year 5 cohort is the largest in the program’s history.  Morton College is the first institution of higher education to participate in the Leadership Academy. 

Morton College’s Dean of Student Development and Ombuds Services, Dr. Yesenia Avalos; Director of Student Development, Ms. Marlena Avalos-Thompson; and Dean of Arts and Sciences, Mr. Derek Shouba were selected by the Latino Policy Forum through a competitive nominating process to participate in the intensive nine-month academy, building personal and organizational leadership skills while exploring their role as leaders in both the Latino community and larger society.

Dr. Avalos, Ms. Thompson and Mr. Shouba will collaborate with executive-level and emerging leaders from other Academy participants in a series of three retreat sessions, scheduled in August, November and March and will receive one-on-one consulting between sessions.  The Academy will culminate with a graduation ceremony in May 2014.

“We are very honored to be selected and look forward to representing Morton College well,” Dr. Avalos said.  “It will offer us an opportunity to develop additional leadership skills and provide networking opportunities to help us get additional services for our students.  Also, we can promote Morton College as a Hispanic Serving Institute (HSI) and better connect with the population we serve.”

Morton College’s student body is 76.6 percent Hispanic, making the College the nation’s seventh largest two-year federally designated HSI and the largest HSI east of the Mississippi River.

“It is crucial for Morton College to develop administrative leadership that understands the needs of our community and that provides our students with the best possible learning experiences,” said Dr. Dana Grove, President of Morton College. “Participating in the Illinois Latino Policy Forum allows Morton College the opportunity to begin developing this leadership that we need.”

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