The Collegiate Leadership Network (CLN) is the undergraduate leadership training arm of the National Hispanic Institute. It provides NHI alumni in college with an organized setting through which they can strengthen their support network of NHI peers and continue their leadership journey.

The years spent in college are often difficult for youth because they experience a disconnect with their home communities and potentially hardship(s). At the CLN National Conference, undergraduate students learn about ways to remain engaged in their leadership development, expand their professional network, represent their university/institution, mentor up to 600 high school youth, and spend time strengthening their image within NHI’s Alumni Network. Annually, the CLN National Conference seeks to explore other themes relevant to NHI college students such as managing the emotional, psychological, and cultural stresses of the undergraduate college experience.

During Celebración, CLNers are introduced to community social entrepreneurship and given an opportunity to work as mentors to high school age youth, with the intent of helping them create community social entrepreneurship projects. Participants test their own abilities to inspire and spark discussions that lead to creative projects to benefit the community. They also have the opportunity to reflect on their own leadership abilities, social dynamics, and inspiring others.

CLN National Conference at Celebración
November 1-3, 2019
Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk
San Antonio, Texas