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TWU student one of 22 in the U.S. selected for national leadership institute


DENTON – Texas Woman’s University student Gabriela Armijo is one of only 22 college students nationwide selected to participate in the 2007 Latinas Learning to Lead Summer Youth Institute. She will attend the institute, sponsored by the National Hispana Leadership Institute, July 8 - 14 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Ms. Armijo, of Dallas, is an interdisciplinary studies senior at TWU. She graduated from Bishop Dunne Catholic School in Dallas.

“I look forward to expanding my leadership skills at the institute,” Ms. Armijo said. “I hope the experience will build on what I have learned at TWU and help prepare me for a successful career in education.”

Ms. Armijo, who will graduate in May 2008, plans on becoming a teacher and hopes to become a school principal and eventually a school superintendent.

“Gabriela’s selection into the institute is an opportunity for her to participate in a leadership seminar that will serve to foster her progress through mentoring, training and development,” said Dr. Monica Mendez-Grant, TWU associate vice president for student life. “Her participation will pay forward as she has proven to be a mentor for other young Latinas at TWU.”

Ms. Armijo is a first-generation college student and involved with numerous organizations at TWU, including the TWU First Generation College Student program and TWU Helping Hands. She is a member of the TWU Student Union Board and has volunteered with Denton Kids Unlimited, Children’s Medical Center Dallas, Dallas Children’s Museum and Tomas Rivera Elementary School in Denton. She currently works part-time for the Denton Independent School District as an assistant to the coordinator for adult and community education.

The Latinas Learning to Lead Institute was created to ensure that young Hispanic women develop their personal and professional potential to serve as leaders within the rapidly growing Hispanic communities in the U.S. The Latinas Learning to Lead Institute combines leadership training with technical and practical experience in a comprehensive one-week program.

Participants are selected based on their university enrollment, grade point average, leadership potential as indicated by volunteer and other community activities and their strong commitment to Hispanic issues. For more information, visit www.nhli.org/leader.htm.


Media Contact:

Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu

Page last updated January 22, 2009

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