2016 Conference Theme: 
Reshaping Latino Access to Higher Education: Realities, Challenges and Opportunities

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ILACHE 24th Annual Professional & Student Development Conference

Reshaping Latino Access to Higher Education: 
Realities, Challenges and Opportunities

Friday, April 29, 2016
Northern Illinois University


As of today all nine public Illinois universities are operating without a higher education budget for the year due to Illinois’ budgetary standoff. Although they have been able to remain functional thus far, their future is uncertain. More importantly, students are left worrying if their university will remain open.

Join ILACHE and raise your voice to end the political stalemate that threatens academic and workforce opportunities for more than 200,000 students in Illinois. Here is what you can do: (1) sign this statewide petition that urges elected officials to pass a higher education budget now; (2)  call your lawmakers to make education a priority. Click here to find your legislators' district office phone lines, and use the following talking points to make the case for higher education;  and  (3) write a letter to the editor of your local paper or to the Chicago Tribune or Chicago Sun-Times. (View a sample letter here.)

Don't hesitate, act now. Our students deserve better.

Welcome letter from the new ILACHE Board President, Daniel López, Jr., Ph.D.

Dear ILACHE members and friends:     

I was recently elected the President for the Illinois Latino Council on  Higher Education (ILACHE)and would like to introduce myself to you, our  ILACHE members and friends.

I am excited about the opportunity to serve ILACHE in this new capacity  and thank the board for entrusting me with the organization.  Many of  you know that I am not new to ILACHE. I have been on the board for 17 years. Throughout the years, I have served as the editor of the ILACHE newsletter, member of the scholarship committee and chaired our annual conference since 2004. Most recently, I worked with the board to develop our ILACHE Leadership Institute (ILI), which is currently underway with 9 undergraduate students and 9 higher education professionals in its inaugural class.

With all the higher education challenges in the state of Illinois, it is imperative that ILACHE continues to be the voice of Latinos in higher education. However, we cannot do it alone. We need you to reaffirm your commitment to ILACHE and continue to be engaged and informed about issues that affect the higher education community in the state. For the last few months the ILACHE board has been working on strengthening our infrastructure, increasing board representation from diverse higher education institutions and developing our 2020 Strategic Plan. The plan will be unveiled at our 24th Annual Conference to be held at Northern Illinois University on Friday, April 29, 2016. Our 2020 Plan focuses on new initiatives that promise to increase your engagement and participation in the organization and thus strengthen our organization. My colleagues and I are working everyday to support our Latino higher education agenda. We invite you to join us in these efforts and look forward to your participation.  

En hora buena,

Daniel López, Jr., Ph.D.

ILACHE Board President

ILACHE Leadership Award


Nomination Deadline - Friday, November 20, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

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