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Latinx Undergraduate Leadership Advancement​

Student will enroll in an eleven (11) month undergraduate leadership program that will focus cognitive abilities, inclusive excellence, civic engagement, interpersonal & intrapersonal competence, as well as practical skills.  Sessions will be facilitated by distinguished faculty and staff within the University of Colorado System as well as other leaders in the Denver area. Sessions will consist of lectures, demonstrations, and areas of professional development.

The program will start in June of every year with an orientation, personal assessment, and a challenge course.  Workshops and sessions will begin in July and will be held one Friday of every month for eleven (11) months.  Students must commit to attending ALL sessions as outlined in the LULA calendar of events.  Only one absence will be allowed during the 11-month program.  More than one absence will result in dismissal of from the LULA Program.

Program applications will open up in February of every year and will close at the end of March of every year.  Applicants who will be chosen for an interview must be able to make the interview time given to them.  Applicants will be notified of selection in May of every year.

Program Opportunities

  • Career Exploration
  • Direct access to faculty, deans, and other professionals
  • Coaching year-round
  • Opportunities to shadow
  • ​Access to study groups
  • Assistance with school applications, personal statements, resumes, and more
  • Assistance with GRE preparation
  • Mock Interviews
  • Increase self-awareness & emotional intelligence
  • Increase understanding of cross-cultural communication, ethics, values, & leadership
  • Increase understanding of civic engagement, politics, non-profit board service, and economics
  • Opportunity to mentor high school students and serve the community

To support the leadership development, community engagement, and personal growth of Latinx undergraduate students, motivating them to earn their degrees and empower them to serve their communities.​


The principal objective of the Latinx Undergraduate Leadership Advancement (LULA) Program is to cultivate the next generation of Latinx professionals. The curriculum we teach is focused on skill-building in the areas of professional presentation, emotional intelligence, and becoming politically informed. In addition, the Program will emphasize entrepreneurship, economics, implicit bias, and diversity and inclusion.  The LULA Program is designed to promote and facilitate constructive dialogue and interaction between Latinx undergraduate students and key community professionals. Latinx students will develop skills in leadership and professionalism as they prepare for life after their undergraduate careers.​

Our Why

  • ​The 2016 Census reports that there are 56 million Latinos in the US with 1.1 million Latinos in Colorado. Nearly one-third of Colorado Latinos live in Denver, with 65% of the Denver Public School population identifying a Latino. In Aurora Public Schools, 56% percent of the students enrolled are Latino.  
  • In 20 years, Latinos are projected to comprise 40% of Colorado’s population. Over the next five years, Latinos will account for 50% of Colorado's workforce replacement.  By 2020, researchers estimate that Latinos will fuel nearly a quarter of all U.S. Gross Domestic Product growth, and represent 12.7% of the country’s total GDP.  In 2016, Latinos spent more than $12.3 billion in Colorado (Latino Leadership Institute at University of Denver).
  • The Institute reports that in Colorado, 30% of the k-12 population is Latino.  Furthermore, Excelencia in Education (2017) suggests that for every 100 Latino 9th Graders in Colorado, only 67 will Graduate from HS, 28 will enroll in college and only 10 will graduate.  When comparing Latinos (age 25-64) to whites who hold an associates or bachelor’s degree, Colorado is last among the 50 states.  There is a 35% college degree attainment gap when comparing whites and Latinos in Colorado. This gap is the largest equity gap in the country.

Focus on CU Denver

The University of Colorado Denver has a disparity when it comes to Latinx Student enrollment and graduation.  Since 2007, enrollment of Latinx students has increased 183%.  Since 2007, graduation of Latinx students has only increased by 112%.  These numbers look good in the perspective of the university relative to graduation rates increasing. But an equity gap exists. 

So, put this in the eyes of a Latinx Student. Yes, the odds of graduating are better today than they were in 2007. However, this graph says, there still is a chance you may not graduate.  The odds of you being left behind and in debt are greater.  A Latinx student with loans and no degree not only fails to serve community, but also decreases their economic involvement as they are less likely to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors. Latinx enrollment at UCD is growing at an exponential rate.  If graduation cannot keep up with the pace, this attainment gap is only going to get bigger, putting CU Denver and Colorado further behind.

The Denver Latino Commission recently conducted a survey on Latinos in Denver to learn about strengths, challenges, and opportunity.  In the survey, it was salient that Latinos are now seeing an increase in access to higher education and that they view college as an opportunity.  However, one of the challenges that was brought to the forefront was, “limited opportunities for motivated students to thrive”.  This could be seen as one of many possible explanations about the disparity between Latinx student growth and graduation. ​

By participating in the LULA Program at the University of Colorado Denver, students will be required to participate on ALL scheduled workshops and activities.  By dedicating themselves and fully committing to LULA students will receive full benefit and will have the following outcomes:

Cognitive Abilities

  • ​Emotional intelligence and self-awareness: Students will have a better understanding of their own personality and motivations. 
  • Reflective thinking: Students will be more analytical and thoughtful about their decisions and will be able to think through possible outcomes of future actions.
  • Planning and organizing: Students will be better at setting goals and strategies for achieving them.  Students will be more organized and systematic.

Inclusive Excellence

  • ​Understanding of the History of Latinx Leaders: Students will understand the history of leadership and the role Latinos played in leadership.
  • Knowledge of diverse cultures and cross-cultural communication: Students will learn the dynamics of privilege and oppression, and the uses of power between groups.
  • Understanding of how ethics, morals, and values are related to their leadership: Students will be able to integrate their lived experiences into their leadership development process.

Civic Engagement

  • Civic engagement: Students will learn values in social justice and engaging in social responsibility. 
  • Colorado Non-Profit board service with regards to the dimensions of difference, especially as it relates to their community.
  • Understanding of volunteerism: Students will learn the meaning of volunteering and the importance of giving back to community.
  • Latino Economics: Student will learn about Latino Economics in the United States along with purchasing power and power in numbers

Interpersonal Competence

  • Interpersonal skills: Students will learn to practice team leadership through active group participation by developing and implementing a social impact project.
  • An increased awareness of how to use their minds and voices to constructively collaborate with others. 
  • Students will gain a greater understanding of their own personal identities and how their identities shape their leadership and followership

Intrapersonal Competence

  • ​Self-confidence and a decreased level of self-doubt: Students will build confidence that will allow them to be challenged and to embrace ambiguity. 
  • Risk Taking: Students will explore and discover what they need to maintain a sense of personal balance and ways they can seek personal renewal.

Practical Skills

  • ​Conflict management: Students will be more sensitive to others and will be able to manage conflict in a constructive manner.
  • Communication skills: Student will learn how to effectively articulate their set of practical skills and tools on a resume and during interviews. 

Applicants to the LULA Program must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a minimum of fifteen (15) nationally accredited credit hours but no more than sixty (60)
  • Be enrolled as a degree seeking undergraduate student at the University of Colorado Denver
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credit hours per semester
  • Have a minimum of 2.5 gpa or better
  • ​Be able to demonstrate potential for leadership, success, and commitment to being a community leader.
  • Be able to commit to all calendared sessions (See Program Calendar)

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