Academy builds community leaders who can ‘do more with less’

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.
“We are very honored to be selected and look forward to representing Morton College,” said Morton College’s Dean of Student Development and Ombuds Services Dr. Yesenia Avalos.  “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.
“Participating in the Illinois Latino Policy Forum allows Morton College the opportunity to begin developing this leadership that we need,” said president of Morton College, Dr. Dana Grove.
The Academy invests in leadership to remedy two conflicting trends: the growth in the Latino population and the decrease in resources available to the organizations that serve them.  Even as the Latino population remains one of the fastest-growing segments in the country, just 1 percent of total foundation funding in the U.S. has been dedicated to serving Latinos over the past decade, according to a collaborative report from the Foundation Center and Hispanics in Philanthropy.
“The Academy fills an urgent void in leadership development here in the Midwest, engaging organizations across a spectrum of size, budget and mission. We are delighted to add these 34 new participants to our alumni network of 90-plus Latino leaders.”

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