Applications Due July 28th, 2023

Leadership Training Institute Fellows Program

The Chicano Federation of San Diego County is pleased to announce the re-launch of our culturally relevant LTI Fellows Program. This program began in 1985 and had its last cohort in 2004. Please see some prominent former LTI graduates by clicking here.

This 10-month program is designed to invest in emerging leaders from the Chicano(a) and Latine community equipping them with the necessary skills, knowledge, and networks to address the unique challenges faced by our community.

UCSD will award four units of post-baccalaureate academic credit to the Leadership Training Institute (LTI) Fellows who complete all the Leadership Training Institute program requirements.

Leadership Training Institute Fellows Program Advisory Council

Edward Bauer, Chicano Federation Board Member
Ricardo Campos, President San Diego Loyal Soccer Club
Pam Covarrubias, Biz Coach – Speaker – Podcaster
Sean Elo-Rivera, Council President, City of San Diego
Alberto Hulings – Consultant – Coach – Instructor – Trainer
Guillermo Gomez, San Diego Unified School District
Arcelia N. Magaña, San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association
Dr. Ted Martinez, Jr., Adelante! Strategies, Chair
Ana Melgoza, Vice-President, San Ysidro Health
Griselda Ramirez, Sr. Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships, Office of the Chair, Board of Supervisors, County of San Diego
Liz Ramírez, Chicano Federation, CEO
Osiris Romero, Chicano Federation, Executive Assistant
Mario Sierra, Associate Director, University of California at San Diego
Carlos Solorio, Chicano Federation, Board Liaison
Nora Vargas, Chair, Board of Supervisors, County of San Diego

Each program participant will be paired with an experienced professional for a full-year mentorship engagement.


Residence: Applicants must be residents of the San Diego binational community.
Latine Background: The program is specifically targeted towards individuals who identify as Chicano(a) or Latine.
Commitment to Community: Applicants should demonstrate a strong commitment to the betterment of the Chicano(a) and Latine community in San Diego County.
Leadership Potential: Participants should exhibit leadership potential and desire to make a positive impact within their community.


The LTI Fellows Program will cover culturally relevant topics that align with the mission of the Chicano Federation and address the specific needs and aspirations of the Chicano(a) and Latine Community. Training topics include:

Topic 1: Chicano(a)/Latine History and Identity (Saturday, September 9)

Topic 2: Equality, Equity and Social Justice (Saturday, October 21)

Topic 3: Educational Equity (Saturday, November 18)

Topic 4: Immigration and Citizenship (Saturday, December 9)

Topic 5: Unleashing the Power of our Binational Community (Saturday, January 13)

Topic 6: Health and Wellness (Saturday, February 10)

Topic 7: The Art of Fundraising and Philanthropy (Saturday, March 9)

Topic 8: Leadership and Advocacy Skills (Saturday, April 13)

Topic 9: Experience Sacramento Advocacy Day (Wednesday, May 15)

Topic 10: Group Capstone Presentations and Graduation (Saturday, June 8)


Participants must be able to commit to the 10-month program, including attending regular in-person sessions and completing assignments.

Please find the application and additional requirements by clicking here.*

*Please note, you must have a Google account to access this application.

Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, July 28, 2023


Tuition is $2,500 and is payable upon acceptance into the program. Tuition is non-refundable.

Scholarships may be available, based on demonstrated need. Please share your interest in applying for a scholarship by emailing Dr. Martinez at