Over the next 20 years, Colorado’s Latino population will increase from its current share of 21 percent to 33 percent. In fact, by 2030, one in four Americans and one in three Coloradans will be Latino. The demographic destiny of Colorado and the U.S. will be characterized by the growing Latino population. With this dramatic demographic shift providing the context, the Latino Leadership Institute (LLI) at the University of Denver (DU) has developed a comprehensive vision to foster the professional development of Latinos and prepare organizations for the workforce of tomorrow.
In 2018, the LLI began offering relevant, innovative, and results-driven Leadership and Inclusion Trainings for the ever-changing, increasingly complex, and diverse workforce. Based in neuroscience, the trainings draw on ground-breaking research, proven leadership tactics, and motivation to lead an inclusive workforce. Through the 2030 Initiative, the Institute partners with nationally-recognized researchers to share their data and provide a deeper understanding of a diverse Latino population. These reports provide a forecast for the future and allow us to analyze our level of preparedness. And finally, the LLI hosts quarterly symposiums designed to engage and inform new audiences on complex and pressing issues facing our community, state, and nation. The forums address civic engagement, education, ethnicity and race, energy, the environment, health care, and immigration.