by ILI Fellow Alum Theo E.J. Wilson
Get a first-hand perspective on the ILI experience from this Year 2 ILI Fellow alum.
“Adventure often announces itself with a whisper; the magnificent disguised as the mundane” - Unknown.
When I saw ILI alum, Bobby LeFebre, post the open call for submissions to the Intercultural Leadership Institute, I almost scrolled right past it. I thought it was for LatinX activists only. The opportunity looked great, but having the utmost respect for the culture, I didn’t want to infringe. He quickly clarified that it was open to far more than just LatinX applicants, and for me to take the chance and apply. I felt silly for not reading further into the details. We had a good laugh, and I applied.
In May 2019, ILI Partner the National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures (NALAC) hosted the final of three place-based intensives for ILI Fellows in San Antonio, TX. The five-day leadership immersion brought together the second cohort of ILI Fellows for shared learning, personal exchange and to be immersed in a living Mexican-American culture grounded in indigeneity.
Welcome Message at ILI San Antonio by María López De León, President and CEO, NALAC
On behalf of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), I welcome you to San Antonio! We are proud to be hosting the Intercultural Leadership Institute as NALAC celebrates its 30th Anniversary; three decades of supporting Latinx arts and culture from our base on San Antonio’s historic WestSide.
Evonne Gallardo is the ILI Host Facilitator for San Antonio, the location for the third and final of three place-based intensives for the ILI Fellows. She shared her thoughts about the vision for what an intercultural framework and methodology might look like and how her own understanding of interculturality influenced her work at ILI San Antonio.
Get a glimpse into the ILI intensive experience through this day-by-day look.