NHI announces partnership with University of Denver for new CWS program
The National Hispanic Institute announces today that it will partner with the University of Denver to begin a new version of its capstone leadership education program in 2020.
The inaugural Rocky Mountain Collegiate World Series program is slated to begin at the university on June 18-22, 2020. Like the established programs in Texas and Florida, along with a new Ohio-based program, this version of the CWS will provide up to 120 top high-school students a five-day experience in which they learn about the college application process through an interactive, team-based competition, and where they’re also introduced to inquiry-based learning as a tool to guide them in college and beyond.
It also gives students the chance to experience life on a college campus; some NHI students experience college life for the first time through an NHI program.
“This experience for youth wouldn’t be possible without the investment of the University of Denver which is committed to creating this opportunity for students,” said Nicole Nieto, Executive Vice President. “This capstone program builds on 30 years of hosting NHI programs in Colorado, and finally, we have all three high school experiences accessible here in this beautiful community. We believe the University of Denver will be a popular destination for CWS students seeking to complete their NHI leadership development.”
“It’s an honor to deepen DU’s partnership with the National Hispanic Institute,” says Jeremy Haefner, chancellor of the University of Denver. “There are many talented Latinx students across the country already building their futures through the CWS program, and we can’t wait to welcome the Rocky Mountain region’s class onto the DU campus. Through hands-on learning and meaningful experiences, programs such as the CWS increase access and diversity, supporting the next generation and making our communities stronger.”
DU is also showing its commitment to CWS students attending DU, inviting participants into the school’s Pathway Partner Program. That program allows invitees the opportunity to submit a free application to DU during their senior year. Students admitted through the program who have remaining financial need following our financial aid awarding process, are eligible for a Pathway scholarship in their DU package, for up to $7500 for each of four years, to total up to $30,000.
The CWS, designed for top Latino students between their junior and senior years of high school, is the final program in a three-year leadership education series NHI runs in partnership with host universities throughout the U.S. as well as Mexico and Panama. The three-part series of summer programs is attended by high school students with high potential to become leaders within the U.S. and global Latino communities.
Though NHI notes that 98 percent of its students enter college, with 90 percent receiving college degrees within five years, the program is focused on much more than higher education, seeing college as only one step towards a principled leadership thinking about the Latino community and as an opportunity to develop its assets.
It’s a forward-looking leadership program; NHI president and founder Ernesto Nieto notes it is geared toward what communities throughout the Americas will need in the decades to come. NHI has developed the concept of immersive-disruptive learning — a self-directed, student-centered learning method that encourages critical thinking and challenges society’s assumptions and conventions — to provide both a compliment and a contrast to the education students experience during the school year.
“For 40 years, NHI has challenged Latino students to fulfill their potential as leaders, to make their communities self-sustaining, and to honor their history and heritage as part of their measure of success,” he said.