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“The objective is to train and expose these emerging leaders to most aspects of leadership and prepare them for effective and independent public service,” noted Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla, LLANJ President.

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On Saturday, October 8, 2016, the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, the Institute for Latino Studies and the Dominican American National Roundtable joined efforts to host a free seminar about Values & Ethics in Public Service at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.

Led by seasoned public sector experts and practitioners, the seminar consisted in an in-depth review of laws and principles that govern public service.

Participants included 35 fellows of the Leadership Academy and individuals interested in the topic. Fellows traveled on a bus from New Jersey to Washington, DC, departing on October 8th, 2016 at 5am.

As part of the day’s program, fellows and participants took a tour of the U.S. Congress and historical sites in Washington, DC., including the Lincoln Memorial.

Participants in The Academy were selected based on their professional and community involvement background, as well as their commitment to submit to the rigors of intense and demanding leadership development training.

Seminars are held at field related sites across the state, and favor a practicum approach to training. Topics covered by the course include Latino History and Contribution to United States, Government, Leadership Styles, Values & Ethics in Public Service, Education, A two-party System, Criminal Justice, Health, Social Services & Economic Development, Public Speaking and Media, and a special session on Running a Political Campaign.

Participants are given public-speaking roles throughout the year; are strategically advised on awareness of key community issues, concerns, needs and opportunities involving those in leadership roles; and are motivated to take on leadership roles in the public, private and nonprofit sectors in order to influence actions that will have a positive impact on the community as a whole.

“The objective is to train and expose these emerging leaders to most aspects of leadership and prepare them for effective and independent public service,” noted Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla, LLANJ President.

“On behalf of DANR Board of Directors, I would like to indicate that we are happy to collaborate with ILS and LLANJ in realizing this important seminar about Values & Ethics in Public Service at the U.S. Capitol,” said Claribel Martinez-Marmolejos, DANR President. “Our purpose is to train the next generation of leaders by affording them meaningful opportunities and teaching them sophisticated ways to think, act, relate to others effectively and stay true to their value systems and ethics.”

The program begun on Saturday, June 11, 2016 and meets on the second Saturday of the month. The expected graduation date is May, 2017.