The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI), an award-winning national nonprofit organization, hosts its flagship youth program at Atrisco Heritage Academy on Friday, Oct. 19, from 9:53 - 10:53 a.m. featuring Cindy Nava, USHLI’s Deputy Chief Administrative Officer and University of New Mexico alumna, who will keynote the event.

“We are pleased to welcome USHLI and that Cindy Nava will be speaking to our students at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School about her life and educational experiences,” said Gabriel Antonio Gonzales, associate superintendent of Leadership and Learning, Zone 2. “Cindy is a New Mexico success story and I know so many of our students will be able to relate to her motivational message as they strive to reach their own goals.”

Cindy Nava

The Student Leadership Series (SLS) serves as the cornerstone of USHLI’s campaign to create a culture of education in which academic persistence will become a priority in every Latino household. The program focuses on motivating students to stay in school, improve their academic performance, graduate from college, and pursue and successfully complete some level of post-secondary education or training. Since 2011, the SLS has reached over 760,000 participants across 39 states and over 2,900 organizations.

Cindy Nava, an Albuquerque Public Schools and University of New Mexico alumna, is a bi-nationally known servant leader and motivational speaker who has dedicated herself to the advancement of communities of color through policy, education, and legislative advocacy. Nava received national recognition from the Washington Post after becoming the first undocumented immigrant to intern for the Democratic National Committee and was featured in the Huffington Post’s "40 under 40’s: Latinos in U.S. Politics.” In 2017, she also served as first DACA recipient to become a majority pool analyst for the New Mexico House of Representatives.

Current sponsors for the program include Comcast NBCUniversal | Telemundo, FedEx, Macy’s, Inc., the National Education Association, United Parcel Service. The General Motors Foundation is the program champion.

Atrisco Heritage Academy, located at 10800 Dennis Chavez Blvd. in Albuquerque, will host the SLS event. For more information about the Student Leadership Series, contact Cindy Nava at

USHLI is an award-winning Chicago-based national non-profit, non-partisan, tax-exempt organization. Since 1982, USHLI has registered 2.3 million new voters; published 425 reports on Latino demographics in the Almanac of Latino Politics; sponsored 35 annual national conferences, each attended by leaders from 40 states; trained over 1.1 million present and future leaders, and awarded over $1.3 million in scholarships and internships.