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Latino Leadership Initiative

Latino Leadership Initiative

Our mission is to transform Marian University into the best option for our Latino students to become transformational leaders through an inclusive, welcoming and safe environment, that is rooted to our Catholic Franciscan tradition.

Our Programs

Latino Mentoring Program

This is an opportunity for current Latino students to serve as mentors in high schools in our surrounding communities. The mentors will share their own experiences as immigrants, international students, and college students, and their journey to pursue higher education.

Familias Unidas

Workshop series in Spanish for families to help them understand the education system in the US, cultivate community, and provide resources for student support.

Student Life

  • Student Organization of Latinos (S.O.L)
  • Spanish Language Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi
  • Student Unity Center for Inclusion
  • The Exchange Career Center
  • Follow this link to find out more information regarding diversity in the career path you choose.

Scholarships available

Students can apply for Latino scholarships to increase their financial support. Scholarships and awards are available upon admission. We have available full tuition, half tuition, and other grants.

Community partners

  • La Plaza
  • Indiana Commission of Hispanic and Latino Affairs
  • Indiana Latino Institute
  • Archdiocese of Indianapolis
  • Lawrence Township
  • Project Stepping Stone

Latino Leadership Initiative

  • Manuela
    Manuela Salazar
    Executive Director of Latino Leadership
    (317) 955-6243
    Oldenburg Hall, Room 128 
  • Julia Baumgardt
    Julia Baumgardt, Ph. D.
    Chair of the Department of Languages and Culture
    (317) 955-6644
    Oldenburg Hall, Room 207
  • Carla Castano
    Carla Castaño, Ph. D.
    Associate Professor of Spanish
    (317) 955-6226
    Oldenburg Hall, Room 274
  • Oscar
    Oscar Castellanos
    Program Director, The Initiative for Parish Renewal
    (317) 955-6508
    Oldenburg Hall, Room 119 
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    Fr. Barry Fischer
    Campus Chaplin
    (317) 955-6528
    Oldenburg Hall, Room 124
  • Yuriko Ikeda
    Yuriko Ikeda, Ph. D.
    Assistant Professor of Spanish
    (317) 955-6642
    Oldenburg Hall, Room 206
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    Marilda Oviedo
    Assistant Professor of Communication, Director of Student Media
    (317) 955-6423
    Oldenburg Hall, Room 201
  • Allison Segarra Hansen
    Allison Segarra-Hansen
    Director of Clinical Experiences, Assistant Professor of Education, Advisor for Student Organization of Latinos
    (317) 955-6194
    Oldenburg Hall, Room 270 
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    Marisa Zambrano
    Coordinator P2C Program 
  • Nick Torres
    Nick Torres
    Executive Director of Leadership Giving
    (317) 955-6391
    Sommers Mansion, Room 305

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