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Northridge Student Heading to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Program is aimed at developing the next generation of Latino leaders.

Daniel Echeverry of Northridge is among five Loyola Marymount University students will travel to Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government later this month as part of a program aimed at developing the next generation of Latino leaders among college students.

The students will join 36 other students from across the country beginning June 23 for the weeklong Latino Leadership Initiative at the Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership in Cambridge, Mass.

According to LMU, the students were chosen after a highly selective application process.

"These young men and women have bright futures and we strongly believe in the importance of helping to foster their personal development," said Walter Ulloa, chairman/CEO of Entravision Communications and an LMU trustee who provided the seed money to develop the program.

Participants in the program will take classes on negotiation, organizing, public narrative, emotional intelligence and public speaking. Participants will also have opportunities to build relationships with respected Latino leaders from the government, nonprofit and business sectors, according to LMU.

Teams of students from each university will work to design a community service project intended to be implemented at their home university.

The other LMU students attending the program are:

  • Betriz Alfaro of Santa Clarita;
  • Michelle Lara of La Crescenta;
  • Sara Palacio of Yakima, Wash.; and
  • Nestor Pimienta Lopez of Hawthorne.

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