By Julio Hernandez,
Omicron Chapter at the University of Wisconsin- Parkside

Over the weekend, brothers from Midwest Region chapters attended the 38th United States Hispanic Leadership Institute National Conference which was held in Chicago, IL. USHLI is considered to be the largest and most renown leadership conference for Hispanics in the country. The 38th edition of the four day event was held at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Vision 2020: Strength in Numbers” and highlighted how pivotal the 2020 Census will be to the Hispanic/Latino demographic of the country.

As a student at the University of Wisconsin- Parkside, I had the opportunity and privilege to attend this convention sponsored by the Student Support Services of UW-Parkside. Many of the workshops were centered around the Latino electorate and the importance of the 2020 election. The conference also highlighted how essential the 2020 Census will be as districts are redrawn.

Keynote speakers and influential figures in politics, business, higher education, as well as entertainment were on hand to inspire the 6,000 or so delegates which attend the conference.
Attending the conference was very inspiring to me because I got to hear from very important people who gave motivational speeches and spoke about their journeys to success as Hispanic leaders of their generation. I was able to meet great leaders from around the country and go to further expand my connections.

Actor, playwright, lyricist, composer, and Tony, Emmy, and Grammy award winner Lin Manuel Miranda was a keynote during the conference. Mr. Miranda is well known for his musicals In the Heights and Hamilton.

Upon leaving USHLI, I left very motivated to return to my school, to excel academically, and make my Hispanic heritage proud. In a country that does not show the Hispanic community much love, this conference served as a good reminder as to why I, or anyone, should be proud of being Hispanic.

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