"“This training empowered me. CLLI equipped me with the necessary tools to guide me towards God’s plan for my life.”


“The CLLI has changed my perspective of ministry from a sense of obligation and exhaustion to delegation and rest so I can better lead.º  - CLLI Third Year Student


OUr History 

THE Board, faculty AND STAFF AT CHRISTIAN Latina leadership Institute ARE UNITED IN THEIR BELIEF THAT ALL women should be empowered in their leadership skills:


Being aware of a void of strong Latina leadership, the Institute started as an initiative to identify, develop, and nurture Latina leaders who could serve in both, churches and communities.

This initiative includes quality development of women leaders (Latinas and Latinas at heart) through formal and informal educational opportunities such as conferences, workshops, networking, and mentoring. Due to the focus of this initiative, leaders in training are carefully selected, and individually invited to participate.

The Institute provides an appropriate environment for women to grapple with major issues in leadership for church and society. The Institute seeks to offer various opportunities for participants to practice and sharpen their skills as leaders.

The Christian Latina Leadership Institute is housed at Baptist University of the Américas. The program of the Institute is overseen by a Board of Directors including: Dr. Belinda Reyes, Alicia Zorzoli, Zoricelis Davila, Rebecca Klein, Raquel Contreras and Nora Silva. The Christian Latina Leadership Institute was founded by  Dr. Nora O. Lozano and Patty Villarreal LMSW, both of whom have extensive experience as Latina women in leadership