State Senator Celina Villanueva to Address Student
Leadership Series Launch 

USHLI is pleased to announce that State Senator Celina Villanueva will deliver the Welcome Address at the launch of our 2020 Student Leadership Series (SLS).  She will address over 3,000 participants attending our SLS Rally and College Recruitment Fair, one of the largest in the nation, at 9:45am, Thursday, February 20 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.

Born in Chicago and raised in Little Village, Celina Villanueva was appointed to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2018, where she worked to pass the Keep Illinois Families Together Act, prohibiting law enforcement from working with ICE.  Prior to that she was the Civic and Youth Engagement Manager at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, as Director of Organizing at Chicago Votes, and as Outreach Director for then County Commissioner and now Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. 

She was sworn into the Illinois Senate in 2020 and currently sits on the Appropriations I, Higher Education, Public Safety and Transportation Committees. Senator Villanueva remains a community organizer at heart and will continue to uplift marginalized voices in Springfield. 

About the #USHLIConference

The #USHLIConference has become the premier Hispanic leadership conference in the nation, attracting a complete cross-section of our leadership community and involving all ancestry groups. Over 6,500 present and future leaders representing 40 states will attend various events throughout the four days.Our 2019 Conference demographic survey included over 1,300 respondents who overwhelmingly rated the USHLI conference as the premier Hispanic leadership conference in the nation; 89% were between the ages of 18-34; 65% identified as female; and 82% were classified as students ranging from High School to Graduate School. The survey also found that 7% of our attendees are pursuing an advanced degree. Most conference participants are or will become the most influential Hispanic leaders of their generation and will help govern our cities, schools, states and, indeed, a nation that will become 25% Hispanic during their lifetime.

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