BY JEN A. MILLER
DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti is on the board of trustees at Rutgers University.
Isaac Lara, a senior at Columbia University, had a front-row seat o the inner-workings of state government last summer as an intern in New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine’s office. The experience
profoundly impacted him and helped shape the aspirations of this
future Latino leader.
“I learned a lot about myself and … what I want to do in my future,” he says.
Lara was a participant in the 10-week Latino Fellows Public Policy Leadership
Institute program, run by the Center for Strategic Urban Community Leadership
at the Camden Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The
program is designed to promote professional and academic advancement among
Latino college juniors and seniors in the state. Since its inception in 1988, about
500 students have gained career advice and direction through internships and
instruction intended to help them understand the policy process.
Although this program is based in New Jersey, it serves as a model for
Latino advancement that can be adopted by other institutions throughout the
United States. In fact, Rutgers has partnered with the National Puerto Rican
Coalition to replicate this Latino leadership program in New York, California
and Washington, D.C.
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