|Manhattanville Latinas on the Path to Leadership|
(Pictured L to R): Arlene Diaz '12, Valerie Lopez '11, Julie Arias, Assistant Director of CSTEP, Joanna Castillo '11, Kristina Rodriguez '11)
The Manhattanville College, Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) have chosen four Hispanic CSTEP students to attend the 2010 National Hispana Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Training Conference in Miami, Florida from November 3rd through November 6th. The students are Joanna Castillo '11, Valerie Lopez '11. Kristina Rodriguez '11 and Arlene Diaz '12. They will be accompanied by Julie A. Arias, Assistant Director of CSTEP/STEP.
These young women were selected for their academic accomplishments, their involvement in the CSTEP Program, firm commitment to community service and demonstrated leadership. The conference will expose the students to workshops, keynote speakers and networking opportunities for their growth and development. Ms. Arias noted that "our students are looking forward to participating at the conference and to be in the presence of important figures like First Lady Michelle Obama, singer Gloria Estefan , and Justice Sonia Sotomayor, amongst others."
The National Hispana Leadership Institute was established in 1987 and based in Washington DC. Its purpose is to address the underrepresentation of Latinas in corporate, nonprofit, and political arenas. NHLI's mission is to develop Hispanas as ethical leaders through training, professional development, relationship building, and community activism. Over four hundred leaders have passed through NHLI in the 23 years it has existed.