Welcome to LLEAD!

We are bringing a voice to Michigan Latinos! LLEAD is a Michigan-based organization of Latinx community leaders from many walks of life. What we have in common is a love for Michigan and a passion for making life better for Latinos living in the Mitten state. LLEAD is a state-wide organization with branches in Lansing, Saginaw, Holland and Grand Rapids. This website hosts our learning and teaching resources, the Crisis Response Manual, and Speaker's Bureau as well as recent local and state news of interest to our mission. We invite you to browse the available speakers knowledgeable on many topics affecting Latinos in Michigan. 





Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the appointment of Vanessa Guerra to the Saginaw Valley State University Board of Control. Guerra of Saginaw, currently serves as the Saginaw County Clerk. She previously served as the State Representative for the 95th House District and as a trustee with Bridgeport Charter Township. Her appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.


The Michigan State University College of Social Science has awarded the Diversity Torch Award to Julian Treviño, a junior in the Political Science Department and minors in International Development and French. He was selected from the College's student body to receive this annual award. Treviño is from Grand Rapids and his future plans include working in public policy, law or becoming a Representative for the State of Michigan.

Treviño is also a representative in the University's student led legislative body, the Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU). He joined ASMSU and "has worked alongside other like-minded peers seeking to instill change through passing university-wide policies and bills. These include his work to formulate the Climate Emergency Bill; helping to enact the Crown Act in Michigan (which would ban discrimination against race-based hairstyles in the workplace); and creating a bill which would make East Lansing a sanctuary city (which would protect undocumented people from deportation or prosecution)." (CSS)

LLEAD Michigan and the Grand Rapids Chapter congratulate Julian on receiving the award and look forward to his years of leadership.

Latino Graduate Denied High School Diploma receives it after national online protests

Evers Lopez, a graduating senior from the Asheville North Carolina High School, was refused his diploma as he walked across the stage with the Mexican flag draped over his graduation gown.  The high school principal said he violated dress code rules.  Lopez walked off the stage with the diploma jacket, but no diploma.

Evers Lopez felt that it was unfair for all the hard work he did to graduate, but it was also unjust to the family of this first-generation high school graduate who supported him throughout his school days.

Lopez received his diploma two days after the other graduates and after a national online storm calling for his degree, an apology, and the principal's removal. Lopez and his family did not support the threats the principal received but, when asked, said that wearing the Mexican flag was an issue for the principal.  As he walked the stage, board members and other supporters congratulated him.