Transformative Latino Leadership Project

The Transformative Latino Lecture Series features speakers such as Julián Castro, who served as HUD Secretary and mayor of San Antonio.ILS Director Luis Fraga interviews Julián Castro as part of the Transformative Latino Leadership Lecture series.

Under the directorship of Professor Luis Fraga, Rev. Donald P. McNeill, C.S.C., Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership, the Transformative Latino Leadership Lecture series engages prominent figures in politics, entertainment, the arts, business, activism, the church, and other fields who present both their personal experiences and a vision of effective leadership in their sphere of influence. This lecture series links Notre Dame with the “who’s who” of Latino leaders in the United States. The primary audience for the series is young leaders of all backgrounds and its primary purpose is to attract speakers who inspire and inform them about the possibilities, pitfalls, and principles they should know as leaders in our contemporary world.


Transformative Latino Leadership Lecturers:

Dolores Huerta 

Web Dolores Huerta 13882

Huerta, along with César Chávez, co-founded the United Farm Workers (UFW) and is one of the most influential labor activist of the 20th century. She is president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation whose mission is to create networks of healthy, organized communities pursuing social justice through systemic and structural transformation.  She spoke at Notre Dame on February 13, 2018. (Watch the video and read more about Dolores Huerta's visit to Notre Dame.)

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez 

Archbishop of the nation's largest Catholic community. Vice President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and appointed by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. He spoke at Notre Dame on October 3, 2017. (Watch the video and read more about the Archbishop's visit to Notre Dame.)

Gloria Molina

Retired Los Angeles County Supervisor. First Latina elected to the California State Legislature, the Los Angeles City Council, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Served in the Carter White House as a Deputy for Presidential Personnel. She spoke at Notre Dame on March 8, 2017. (View Gloria Molina's interview and view her formal conversation with Luis Fraga, Director of ILS)

Justice Sonia Sotomayor

The first Latina U.S. Supreme Court Justice discussed a wide range of legal, intellectual, cultural and even personal issues arising from her life and career in a two-hour public conversation at Notre Dame on September 2, 2015. (View Justice Sonia Sotomayor video)

Julián Castro

The San Antonio Mayor was interviewed by his former faculty mentor Professor Luis Fraga in a public forum event titled "American Politics in the 21st Century: Latino Civic Engagement," April 7, 2014. (View Julián Castro interview)

Carlos Eire

T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University and winner of the National Book Award for Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy. Eire gave the inaugural Transformative Latino Leadership Lecture at Notre Dame on November 13, 2013. (Read about Eire's visit.)