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A Message From The Executive Director


The Hispanic Border Leadership Institute (HBLI) was established in 1996 by four southwestern institutions of higher education with partial funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. HBLI, now a consortium of eight institutions of higher education, serving Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas, is dedicated to the mission of improving the education of Latinos from pre-kindergarten to doctoral studies by promoting systematic change via Latino leadership and policy development within the following groups:

  • School board members
  • Community college trustees
  • Future executive officers of schools, colleges, state departments, and professional associations
  • State legislators, congressional members, and civil leaders.

The consortium recognizes that in order to significantly improve the educational conditions of Hispanics, bold new approaches must be taken. The Institute seeks to bring about systematic change in education by designing new approaches to the doctoral preparation programs of educational leaders, by providing relevant leadership and policy training for trustees of public schools and community colleges as well as universities of the Southwest, and by examining and influencing public policy directly impacting Hispanic education in the Southwestern United States.

HBLI operates from one simple but powerful assumption: That one person in a significant role can influence and impact literally thousands of people. One HBLI-trained community college trustee can impact 15,000 students through policy decisions. One HBLI doctoral Fellow in the role of a superintendent of a school district can impact 20,000 students, and so on. Multiply that over time, say a ten-year period, and the numbers are staggering: 150,000 for the trustee; 200,000 for the superintendent.

HBLI consortium of eight higher education institutions in the Southwest

Arizona State University

California State University - Bakersfield

Maricopa County Community College District

New Mexico State University

Texas State University

University of Texas-Brownsville

University of California-Riverside

University of Texas-Pan American

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