Cesar Chavez Leadership Institute

César E. Chávez Leadership Institute

Inspiring and motivating students to participate in the civic, economic and cultural life of their community

The César E. Chávez Leadership Institute seeks to improve access to higher education for Arizona students by providing, at no cost to students, a variety of enriching experiences emphasizing leadership development and civic engagement, while advocating for the completion of high school, attending college and educational opportunities at Arizona State University. Since 1995 more than 1,300 students have benefited from participating in the program.

CCLI recognizes the importance of increasing the number of Arizona youth attending institutions of higher learning and provides high school students the means to explore their educational potential and leadership development skills through:

  • Encouraging the pursuit of higher education as a vehicle for self-improvement and future leadership roles.
  • Educating each participant on their importance to the growth and development of Arizona.
  • Growing participant’s respect for self and others.
  • Identifying, develop, and strengthen leadership skills for Arizona youth

The legacy, leadership, and spirit of César Chávez forms the foundation of the program. With the support of the César E. Chávez Foundation, members of the Chávez family, and the efforts of ASU staff, volunteers, and alumni of the ASU César E. Chávez Leadership Institute, the pursuit of higher education and movement for social justice through education and community engagement lives on.

CCLI collaborates with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Student Life, the Multicultural Student Center, the School of Transborder Studies, and the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law to bring more than 100 years of expertise to the program.