The week-long program was designed to develop a new generation of Latino leaders. Participants attended classes and workshops on a wide range of subjects. UC Merced spokesman Charles Nies says the students won't be the only beneficiaries of the program.
“There's an element of it that is was not only a just great opportunity for our students, but there's an expectation that those students then contribute back to the surrounding community. And so we have great faith and confidence that our students will do that.”
A third of the four thousand students enrolled at UC Merced are of Hispanic descent. UC Merced was selected by Harvard shortly after the Central Valley school was designated as a Hispanic-serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education.