Latinx Leadership Initiative

The Latinx Leadership Initiative (LLI) prepares students to work with Latinx individuals, families, and communities in the U.S. and around the world from a strengths-based perspective. Through the LLI, students develop a nuanced understanding of Latinx populations, the challenges they face in accessing equitable education, social services, and healthcare, and the most effective interventions to overcome these challenges.

The LLI is an application-based program, which incorporates coursework, research, field placements, mentoring, training in self-advocacy, and career development. Five core courses are required and offered exclusively in Spanish.

LLI Courses

Five core classes taught in Spanish




Meet the Team

Rocio Calvo

Rocío Calvo

Founding Director

Founding Director of the LLI, Rocío Calvo strives to prepare students to work effectively in underserved communities. An Associate Professor of Global Practice and Health & Mental Health, she believes social workers need to be more nuanced in how they understand different cultural experiences in the U.S.


Latinx Leadership Initiative Frequently Asked Questions

Stronger Together

Students participating in the LLI form tight-knit cohorts that support their success within and beyond the classroom.