The event took place at the Sheraton Grand Chicago with the theme, “Defend Democracy: Aquí y Ahora”.
On February 14, students from Joliet Central High School attended the 37th Annual United States Hispanic Leadership Institute Conference. The event took place at the Sheraton Grand Chicago with the theme, “Defend Democracy: Aquí y Ahora.” Joliet Central High School’s Mr. Grimes, Ms. Rojas, Ms. Martinez and Mrs. Ruiz attended with the students.
The conference’s featured speaker was Consuelo Castillo-Kickbusch, a United States Army veteran, author, and motivational speaker. She shared her empowering life story about overcoming poverty, discrimination, and illiteracy, and reiterated the message, “There is no better democracy than public education.” Students also participated in a session on life and leadership development hosted by USHLI staff.
Students then participated in the National Career and College Recruitment Fair, featuring recruiters from more than 80 colleges and universities nationwide, which provided students information on opportunities for youth in their organizations and information regarding internships, scholarships and employment.
“These events are very inspiring for our students. They offer a lot of motivation and reflection, encouraging our students to be proud of their roots, celebrate who they are, and understand that they can go very far,” said Alicia Rojas, Joliet Central High School Family Engagement Liaison.