Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
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Personal and Professional Development

Through events and workshops aimed at developing leadership skills, LILI members are afforded professional networking opportunities to develop professional relationships and increase their support system.

Student group photo at the Jefa de Jefas Leadership Series event

Jefa de Jefas Leadership Series

Our bi-annual Jefa de Jefas leadership series promotes and features Latina/x Indigenous excellence.The first inaugural Jefa de Jefas event kicked off this past fall in collaboration with the Latino Studies Department. LILI members had the opportunity to hear from prominent community figure and successful entrepreneur Gabby Buco. 

Upcoming Events

Students can look forward to our new Plática series. The series will kick off with a Latina/x graduate student panel.

Cultural Nourishment

LILI is committed to creating and holding space for educational cultural conversations. Our recurring programs and events are aimed at dissecting and discussing community issues.

Students holding up books for a group photo at our first Literary LILIs book club meeting

Literary LILIs

Literary LILIs is a monthly book club in which members explore and celebrate stories from Latina/x Indigenous authors. Books read this fall semester include: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter (Erika Sánchez), Mexican Gothic (Silvia Moreno-Garcia), and Sanctuary (Paola Mendoza).

(Left): Our October book club meeting featured conversations about I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter and topics such as shifting between two cultures, coping with generational trauma, and dealing with grief.

Upcoming Events

  • March Book Club Meeting: For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts: A Love Letter to Women of Color (Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez).
  • An educational plática about cultural persistence and resistance (zoom).

Community Building 

LILI is first and foremost a community and familia. LILI is dedicated to offering students a support network as they progress through their college career and beyond. Members are able to learn more about themselves and others through fun year-round events and programs.

Students doing yoga at a Flowering LILIs event

Flowering LILIs

Flowering LILIs provides holistic wellness conversations and activities for students. Past activities include: journaling, breathing exercises, learning more about mental health issues, creating essential oil sprays, and making healthy snacks as a college student.

(Left): Flowering LILIs Yoga session

Upcoming Events

LILI Cumpleaños: Our end-of-year anniversary celebration