National Hispana Leadership Institute - Celebrating 27 Years of Latina Leadership  


Latinas Learning to Lead Program

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Frequently Asked Questions


When is the application deadline?
All application materials, including recommendation letters, must be submitted by the deadline, Monday, March 31, 2014 April 4th, 2014 at 5 PM EST.

Where can I pay my application fee?
Non-refundable $20 application fee can be paid online:

If I only have 28 credits by May 2013, can I still apply?
No, we ask that all applicants meet 100% of the requirements, including 30 credits by May 2014. If you apply and you do not meet requirements, your application will not be processed.

When will I know if I am selected?
All applicants will know by April 4, 2014 if they were selected to participate in this year’s program.

If I am not selected this year, can I reapply again next year?
If you meet the program requirements next year, we encourage you to reapply.

If I am a graduating high school senior, planning to go to college in the fall, can I apply?
No, we require all participants to have completed approximately one year or more of college by May 2014. If you will not have completed 30 college credits by May 2014, we ask that you wait to apply until you meet full program requirements.

If I turn 25 years old in June 2013, can I apply?
No, our funding currently allows participants who are 18-24 years of age during program participation to apply. 

Program Content
Latinas Learning to Lead (June 8–June 14, 2014)

When does the Latinas Learning to Lead take place?
The LLL program takes places in Washington, DC during the week of June 8 to June 14, 2014.

Where do participants stay during the program?
Participants will lodge at the Catholic University of America dorms on an all female floor.

What activities will I be participating in?
NHLI staff and speakers work diligently to provide a high quality, age-appropriate leadership development training. You will participate in team building activities, workshops, lectures, networking opportunities and a graduation ceremony at the end of the week. 

What does a typical day during the program look like?
The program is designed to have long days, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The content varies from day to day during the leadership training and will include various activities. However, there are specific pieces which repeat daily including: 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), reflection journaling, and opportunities to connect with your classmates.

Travel & Logistics

Will I have to pay for anything out of pocket?
Latinas Learning to Lead- With the support of our generous corporate and individual sponsors, participants who are selected are provided a partial tuition scholarship which includes travel costs, transportation within the DC area, lodging, program materials and meals. Out-of-pocket costs for participants include: $250 tuition fee, transportation from your home to the airport and back, transportation from the airport to the hotel/dorms in Washington, DC and back, health insurance (or travelers insurance), souvenirs. 

When do participants arrive to Washington, DC and when do they depart?
All participants of the Latinas Learning to Lead program are expected to be available to travel into Washington, DC on Sunday, June 8, 2014 and are available to return to their communities Saturday, June 14, 2014. 

If selected, can I add extra days to my travel to Washington, DC?
No. NHLI only assumes financial responsibility for travel during the program dates.

Where will most of the training take place?
The training will take place at the Catholic University of America campus/classrooms and at local Washington, DC partner organizations.

If selected, will I share a room with another participant?
Yes, all participants will share a dorm room with another program participant and are required to stay on site.

What type of transportation will be provided during the program week?
During the Latinas Learning to Lead program, all of our sessions will be in close proximity to each other and we will walk or take the local subway (Metro) for transportation purposes.


If I have outside responsibilities (full time job/internship, school, family, etc.), will I be able to step away for portions of the program?
Participants must attend all sessions and stay on campus in the evenings with the program. We ask that all participants be prepared to dedicate 100% of their attention and energy to the leadership training throughout the duration of the program. 

Is there a dress code?
We ask our participants to bring business attire (pant/skirt suits, blazers, button up shirts, dress pants, etc.). There will also be opportunities to wear casual clothing and business casual attire.