KSU students first in state to graduate from Hispanic leadership program

As American businesses continue to expand overseas‚ the need for bilingual leadership only increases.

Georgia (Apr 27, 2006) — As American businesses continue to expand overseas‚ the need for bilingual leadership only increases.

To prepare themselves to work in this global economy‚ 19 Hispanic students recently participated in the Collegiate Leadership Development course sponsored by the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute‚ becoming the first graduating class in Georgia. USHLI is an internationally recognized Latino organization that conducts nonpartisan voter registration and leadership training programs in 40 states.

The Latino student leaders spent seven weeks learning about university policies‚ Latino curriculum‚ student support organizations and financial literacy‚ all in an interactive‚ nonlecture environment that featured speakers from the university and business community.

According to Center for Hispanic Studies Director Robert DeVillar‚ the students met for several hours each week to complete the 21−hour course.

“The program taught me how to become a strong leader and how I can make a real difference in the community‚” business major Michael Caravajal said. “The key is diversity – it will help us become more successful in everything we do.”

At the conclusion of the leadership development course‚ six students attended USHLI’s 24th annual conference in Chicago‚ networking with other students and attending workshops to further develop their leadership‚ communication and delegation skills.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu