Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI) Program

Photo of Latino Leadership Initiative group members

Latino Leadership Initiative program is a cohort style program for Latino/a/x students.  In partnership with a local partner, Latino Education and Training Institute (LETI), UW Bothell students get the chance to explore how they can be leaders in their community while gaining valuable networking and civic engagement experience. 

Goals of the program

  • Empower Latino/a/x College and University students to be civically engaged
  • Expose Latino Leadership Initiative participants to a variety of educational and career options
  • Instill theory & application of multicultural leadership skills
  • Increase Latino/a/x identity consciousness & cultural competencies
LETI Logo: Latino Educational Training Institute


  • Receive 40+ hours of Leadership Training
  • Students will work on a group service project focused on your community
  • Meet and network with prominent Latino dignitaries and professionals
  • Learn how to prepare a professional portfolio 
  • Opportunities to receive letters of recommendation from Latino professionals
  • Opportunities to receive recommendations for internships at various businesses upon completion
  • Opportunity to receive assistance from Connected Learning advisor to apply for scholarships


  • Self-identified as Latino/a/x
  • Commitment to attend biweekly meetings with UW Bothell cohort throughout winter and spring quarters
  • Commitment to attend seven group sessions, Saturday, 9am – 12pm, hosted by LETI. Dates for 2023-2024 School Year:
    • Orientation – Saturday, January 6th, 2024 (Zoom)
    • Kick Off – Saturday, January 20th, 2024 (Zoom)
    • 1st Immersion Seminar – Saturday, February 10th, 2024 (Zoom)
    • 2nd Immersion Seminar – Saturday, March 2nd, 2024 (In-Person)*
    • 3rd Immersion Seminar – Saturday, April 13th, 2024 (In-Person)*
    • Final Project Presentations – Saturday, May 11th, 2024 (In-Person)*
    • Graduation Ceremony – Saturday, May 18th, 2024 (In-Person)*
    • *For in person events, we’ll have a student leader drive the community transit van leaving UW Bothell at 8:15am to the scheduled event site.
  • Work on a community project in spring. Last year’s project connected with high school students from the Bothell High School Latinx Student Organization
  • Open to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students in all majors
  • All students are welcome to apply regardless of immigration status

“This program is an effort to allow students to gain leadership skills and get access to resources and communal support so that they are then able to identify their needs, the needs of their communities and, most importantly, the capability to address those needs.” 

Dr. Victoria Breckwich Vasquez, former faculty member in School of Nursing and Health Studies, and founder of LLI at UW Bothell in partnership with LETI.

How to Apply

Applications open now. Deadline to apply is Friday, December 1st. Apply by filling out this simple form. Email Dana Washington,,in the Office of Connected Learning with any questions.

The mark of a mentor

UW Bothell students in the Latino Leadership Initiative don’t just change their own lives. They also inspire local Latino high school students.

Read about students mentoring high school Latino students