In March 2013 Marymount California University became a Hispanic Serving Institution. The confluence of the its mission, the servant leadership focus of its founders, its’ federal HSI designation, Latino demographics and the gap, not only in educational achievement, but also in the participation of Latinos in all levels of California’s economic and civil life led Marymount California University to conclude that it must provide particular, significant and continuous service to the Latino community.
Though-out the summer of 2013 Marymount California University, Trustee Bonifacio Bonny Garcia and retired Rio Hondo Community College Superintendent/President Dr. Ted Martinez, Jr. held numerous meetings and conversations with the leaders of the California Association of Latino Community College Trustees and Administrators (CALCCTA), the California Latino School Board Association (CLSBA), the newly formed Western Association of School Administrators (WASA) and the Board of Directors of the League of California Cities Latino Caucus (LCCLC).
- Latino leadership development, mentoring, succession planning, and strategies essential for innovative and ethical management.
- The joint articulation, recommendation and achievement of Latino policy objectives for the benefit of all Californians.
CALCCTA, CLSBA, LCCLC and CALSA each concluded that outreach to and collaboration with each other would be in the best interests of the Latino community. In October 2013 Marymount California University announced that it was establishing its Latino Leadership and Policy Institute and would host and coordinate the organization of a Latino Policy Summit. CALCCTA, CLSBA, LCCLC and WASA all appointed representatives to a Summit Planning Committee. The prospects for a successful the Latino Policy Summit were dramatically enhanced in November 2013 when CALSA independently was invited to participate and appointed representatives to the Planning Committee.
In light of the Summit’s entire focus on leadership and leadership succession issues, its title was changed to “Latino Leadership and Policy Summit.”
- Senator Ricardo Lara, 33rd Senate District and Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus made remarks opening the June 21 session of the Summit.
- At the Summit: Dr. Paula Cordeiro, Dean of SOLES, University of San Diego agreed to present on a definition of leadership.
- Michele Siqueiros, Executive Director, The Campaign for College Opportunity agreed to present data on the progress (or lack of progress) of Latinos through California’s educational systems.
- The summit participants identified and prioritized the obstacles to increasing the number of Latino leaders throughout the State.
- Summit participants identified and prioritized the policy initiatives needed to overcome the identified obstacles to enhancing Latino leadership.
- Summit participants specified the research and data points needed to support the policy recommendations of the Summit. From the beginning there was a commitment by Marymount and the Latino governance groups to make the summit a meaningful annual and self-accountable forum. Participants identified the “next steps” and action items to implement the Summit’s policy recommendations including communicating the outcomes of the Summit with the California Latino Legislative Caucus.