Latino Youth Leadership Conference Goes Online

For the fifth time, Emory University is collaborating with the Latin American Association as a sponsoring partner for the Latino Youth Leadership ConferenceLast year’s conference brought more than 1200 middle and high school students, along with many of their parents and teachers, to Emory’s campus for a range of activities hosted across the university.

This year the conference will be virtual with age-appropriate content and activities presented through video. Director of engaged learning Vialla Hartfield-Méndez co-chairs the planning committee with Eliezer Vélez, the LAA’s Managing Director of Youth Programs.

Emory’s partnership with the Latin American Association for this event is squarely at the intersection of the university’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and its commitment to community engagement. Emory faculty, students and staff are creating approximately half of the content for the conference, providing learning opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and professional degree students as they contribute to advancing higher education in the Latinx community. There are opportunities for Emory volunteers to support the conference as mentor-guides (especially students), with registration through the LAA’s website.   

For more information, please contact Vialla Hartfield-Méndez at or Emmy Corey, graduate assistant for engaged learning, at

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