NHLI’s Latinas Learning to Lead program


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I want to present you with a fabulous opportunity to apply for the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s  (NHLI) Latinas Learning to Lead program (LLL). It is the ultimate in Latina fierceness! Here is what the program consists of:

  • Attending 5-day leadership training in Washington, D.C. (June 17–22, 2012)
  • Attending an virtual webinar training on professional skill building
  • Participating in NHLI’s CyberMadrina online mentoring program and pairing with an NHLI alumna.
  • Implementing a leadership project that emphasizes driving safety in their communities that impacts at least 22 Latinas.
  • Joining a nationwide network of Latina women

You will be trained in the following skills:

effective communication and presentation skills, advocacy training, public policy issues affecting the Latino community, and other professional and leadership development topics, such as a Clifton StrengthsFinder session at Gallup University, financial literacy, and a technology component.”

This experience will not only allow access to national networks and provide you with a mentor, but you will also hone your leadership skills which will make you stand out in the job hunt.  Best of all, the people you meet, the projects you create, and the lessons you learn will make you a force to be reckoned with!

Need inspiration? Read about the Class of 2011 & Graduates of the program.

I know you want to learn more. Read the information below for details.

Application is due Wednesday, April 11th, 2012!


  • Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program and not graduating before December 2012.
  • A minimum of 30 semester college credits/hours by May 2012.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Be 18-24 years of age.
  • Demonstrate strong leadership as indicated by on campus and community volunteer and civic engagement.
  • Have a strong commitment to Latina/o issues
  • Be able to commit to the entirety of the program, including: attendance at all training sessions from June 17-22,2012; mentoring component; & completion of a leadership project by the end of the fall semester/quarter.
  • Have a United States government issued photo id for travel.


With the support of our generous sponsors, NHLI covers round trip airline travel, room and board, training costs and all classroom materials necessary for the program for all participants. Students are responsible for covering their own medical and travel insurance, and any incidental expenses.



The 2012 Application deadline is Wednesday, April 11th, 2012. Please have all application materials, including recommendation letters, submitted by or on that date. Candidates will be notified whether they have been accepted by early May.


Program Timeline


Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Application Deadline
Early May Application Notifications
Mid May Deadline to Accept
June 17–22, 2012 Leadership Training in Washington, DC
June 22 and beyond Participate in Mentorship Programs
August–November, 2012 Webinar Training
June 2012–2012 Fall semester/quarter Leadership Projects Implemented in Communities

 Do you qualify? Of course you do! You are an Educated Latina! Click here for the Online Application & Instructions.


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NEVER Get a Real JOB PT. 1


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Did you know that we are surrounded by Zombies? That’s right! I said Zombies. No, I’m not talking about the Twilight Zone, but right here on planet Earth. You might know some. Heck, you might have lived with one, two or five’em! Am I crazy? No ma’am! Here’s what I mean: According to an article in the Chicago Tribune,

“millions of Americans [are] going through the motions at work and losing heart in their jobs. That survey, by consulting firm Mercer, found that half of this nation’s workforce is unhappy. A third of employees are so miserable that they are seriously considering leaving their jobs.”

See, I told you! This article proves that we are surrounded by soulless, automated, empty shells otherwise known as Zombies. Don’t want to be one? Then pay close attention.

Ever have someone tell you, “Welcome to the Real World”? Ever notice that that line is a sarcastic greeting usually accompanied by a hardship you have just faced? Exactly! Because the Real World is not a place you want to live in. Let me explain. There are two worlds: Your Dream World & The Real World. Yes, both of these worlds exist and are not imaginary.

What’s the Real World? It’s a sucky place where Zombies (a.k.a people, human beings, or whichever alternate suits your taste)  walk around unhappy and unfulfilled. They complain everyday about what they aren’t doing and hating on those that are. It’s a hard knock life in the Real World. So if the Real world suck s this bad, why would want a real job?

Here are the 5 reasons to never get a job in the Real World:

  1. A real job is like a Dementor’s Kiss  (My fellow Harry Potter Fans know this already. If you don’t know, click the link. I dare you not to get chills). It sucks out your happiness and energy.
  2. Not only will you be unfulfilled in the Real World, but also Just Over Broke. You won’t be able to afford to do all the fun things your little heart desires.
  3. Your creativity, spontaneity and passion will slowly but surely disappear as the monotony of a real job weigh you down.
  4. You will live with regrets. Do you really want to look back on your life and tell your grandkids that you never went for it?
  5.  A real job is crappy replacement of your dream career. If it was your dream, you would never spend a day in your life actually working, but living up to your fullest potential.

Don’t fret my pet! This doesn’t have to be you. Come back next Thursday for part II.


How do you plan to avoid becoming a Zombie in the Real World?


All Latinos Require a Green Card

As an Educated Latina, you will come across many baffling things such as the following:

  • In the midst of a conversation with a Financial Aid rep, you receive a compliment on your excellent speaking skills.
  • The Professor starts a discussion on immigration reform and all eyes turn to you.
  • Someone calls you a wetback but you are a 5th generation Mexican- American; and proud of it!
  • You are a Puerto Rican college basketball player who gets harassed for your Green Card.

Now, there will be two types of people shaking their head heads at this moment: 1) Those EDL’s who are in disbelief  that these things take place and 2) Those EDL’s who have experience. I used these as examples, but they have actually happened to people I know. Usually, they are isolated incidents on campus, but the last one however, was televised for all to see!~

Here’s the low down: A few members of Southern Miss band, decide it would be fun to heckle the players from the opposing team. Yeah okay, it happens all the time, right? Weeeellll, here’s the problem. They set their sights on Puerto Rican Kansas State player, Angel Rodriguez, chanting “Where’s your green card!”

Are you irritated yet?

Here’s the video of the incident. Listen carefully.

How about now?

In his article, “Southern Miss Band chant, ‘Where Your Green Card?’ to Puerto Rican Kansas State Player,” sports blogger, Chris Chase sets it straight:


“…the basis for the band’s racism was itself misguided. Rodriguez was born in Puerto Rico, a commonwealth of the United States. Even if he hadn’t grown up in Miami and starred for a high school basketball team in that city, he’d still be an American citizen and have no need for a green card. Ignorant ignorance; it’s the best kind.”


Apparently, it only added fuel to the fire because Angel Rodriguez and the Kansas State  basketball team go on to defeat Southern Miss 74-60.

So what’s the moral of the story EDL’s? We will always be subjected to ignorance in some form or fashion. As Educated Latinas, we must overcome these moments, like Angel, and shut’ em up with our success.


How have you overcome ignorance? Share with us below!


Bad Romance Women’s Suffrage

I just watched this video and I’m completely floored. It’s a mix between Lady Gaga’s, “Bad Romance” and the movie ‘Iron Jawed Angels’ starring Hilary Swank (one of my favorite actresses). It’s such a powerful movie and must see especially in this election year. Remember Educated Latinas, we have a voice and we must exercise it. Their fight will be in vain if we don’t. I will see you at the polls in November!