LASO students explore ‘The Power of We’ at national conference

AU students at Lideres summit

LASO students polished their leadership and teamwork skills at the National Council of La Raza Líderes Annual Conference in New Orleans this summer. Participants were (from left to right) Jacqueline Salgado, Julia Ochoa, Daphne Martinez, Carolina Gutierrez and Cynthia Vargas.

Five members of the Aurora University Latin American Student Organization (LASO) participated in the National Council of La Raza Líderes Annual Conference this summer in New Orleans. The students attended sessions with some of most passionate emerging Latino leaders in the United States. Workshops involved community leaders who challenged the students to dream bigger and think further into the future, as well as panels that inspired students to launch projects to transform communities throughout the country.

“The leadership development training was designed to help young people discover their inner leader and learn the importance of speaking up,” said Eva Serrano, Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Latino Studies. “The conference provided LASO students a glimpse into the national landscape that we occupy. The students were inspired to engage after meeting emerging Hispanic leaders and well-established professionals from across the country.”

The theme of this year’s conference was “The Power of We.” Students learned how collective action is the way to advance the country and the Hispanic community. The summit was an opportunity for fun, too. Activities included a youth cultural talent show in which LASO member Jackie Salgado won first place for her solo vocal performance.