Over the past 16 years, a group of LatinX students and professionals affiliated with the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA-Region I) have organized the New England LatinX Student Leadership Conference for college students. Thanks to the work and effort of founder Dr. Salvador B. Mena the first conference took place in 2003 at Brown University in Rhode Island. Since then the conference has been hosted by a number of regional colleges and universities, including Eastern Connecticut State University, Holy Cross College, Boston University, Northeastern University, Dartmouth, University of Vermont, University of Maine, the University of Rhode Island, Central Connecticut State University, Hampshire College, Bridgewater University, Fairfield University, and Rhode Island College.

The purpose of the New England LatinX Student Leadership Conference is to foster networking connections among LatinX college students within the New England region, while strengthening leadership skills and preparing students for post-graduation. By attending this conference, participants can expect to share new ideas, develop leadership skills, and network with LatinX leaders.


Key Focus Areas:
1. Community
2. Self Empowerment
3. Diversity

Learning Objectives:

  • Increasing advocacy and action within participant’s own local communities
  • Acknowledge the intersectionality between various identities and their impact on society
  • Recognize cultural wealth as a source of strength for individuals to gain a deeper understanding of oneself and the world around them
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Contact us
email icon newenglandlslc@gmail.com
instagram icon @uconnnelslc

Conference Details
Friday, March 27th: (4pm – 10pm)
Check-in & Registration
Welcoming Remarks, Speaker
Open Mic
Artwork Exhibit/Showcase
Dance / Social

Saturday, March 28th: (8am – 5pm)
Check-in & Registration
Keynote speaker
El Mercado
Closing Remarks
Passing the Torch

Lodging Information
The Graduate Inn
855 Bolton Rd.
Storrs, CT 06268
(860) 427-7888

Rooms are reserved at the Graduate Inn, which is on campus, for $134 per night plus tax. Reservation cutoff date is 2/28/20.

Manchester Homewood Suites
109 Pavilions Dr.
Manchester, CT 06042

This hotel is approximately a 30 min. drive from the UConn campus.

Reserved rooms are $119 per night plus tax. Please call the hotel directly to reserve; reservation cutoff date is 3/6/20.

Fairfield by Marriott
121 Pavilions Dr.
Manchester, CT 06042

Reserved rooms are $99 per night plus tax. Please call the hotel directly to reserve or use link below; reservation cutoff date is 3/6/20.

Tickets (Cost)
Early Bird (Advisor) – $50 

  • Closes February 28th, 2020

Early Bird (Student/Presenter) – $40

Regular Registration (Advisor) – $55

  •  Starts February 29th, 2020 – March 23, 2020

Regular Registration (Student/Presenter) – $45

Planning Team

Valeria Popolizio
Class of 2020, Political Science & Human Rights and a minor in Latino Studies
Mar Pelaez
Class of 2021, Political Science and Human Rights minor
Alexandra Aponte
Alexandra Aponte
Class of 2020, Chemical Engineering
Anthony Tellez
Class of 2020, M.A Higher Education and Student Affairs
Karlene Santiago
Karlene Santiago
Class of 2022, Political Science & Latino Studies. Minoring in Crime and Justice
Brian Palma
Brian Palma
Class of 2021, Civil Engineering
Joe Vazquez
Class of 2022, Urban Community Studies & Human Rights
Felipe Sanches
Class of 2022, Political Science & Latino Studies
Lawrence Ravel
Class of 2022, ACES
Yadiel Rodriguez
Class of 2020, Majoring in Latino Studies, Minoring in Africana Studies

Thank you to the following sponsors for their contributions and support to the 2020 New England Latinx Student Conference: Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center, NASPA, University of Connecticut, El Instituto, Office of Diversity and Inclusion