Transformative Latino Leadership Project

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:

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, Archbishop of the nation's largest Catholic community. Vice President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and was appointed by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. October 3, 2017.

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 was interviewed by ILD co-director, Luis Fraga on March 8, 2017. (View Gloria Molina Interview)

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

Julián Castro, 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, “Still Waiting for Snow in Havana,” November 13, 2013.