El Centro Chicano’s Core meetings serve as an open forum for student leaders to share information about their respective volunteer student organizations and Centro-sponsored activities, as well as student needs and concerns. The meetings help to ensure strong roots for community building, collaboration, and better working relations throughout the year among all Centro-housed organizations.
It is a bi-weekly assembly whose main functions include
- Information sharing and communication
- Coordination of calendars for event planning
- Use of facilities
- Coming together as a community.
LEAD: Leading through Education, Activism, and Diversity
The Leading Through Education, Activism and Diversity (LEAD) program is a collaborative effort led by the professional staff of the Asian American Activities Center (A3C), Black Community Services Center (BCSC), El Centro Chicano y Latino and the Native American Cultural Center (NACC).
LEAD is a two quarter program based on the Social Change Model of Leadership developed by Helen S. Astin and Alexander Astin of UCLA. The mission of LEAD seeks to develop the cross-cultural, collaborative leadership skills of leaders at Stanford by providing students with theoretical and real-life experiences in non-hierarchical leadership for the purpose of creating a shared vision for/and effecting social change. By social change we mean collective efforts that empower individuals and communities to identify and address the underlying cause of social issues. Through focusing on leaders, the LEAD program will train students in the following areas, all of which contribute to creating a collaborative foundation towards building social change:
- Leadership Development - Provide opportunities to prepare and practice becoming effective leaders to create effective movements for social change;
- Coalition Building—Learn skills in creating community alliances, establish ties between students from diverse backgrounds, and build a foundation for future collaborative work;
- Culture— Understand the narratives of communities of color, contributions of communities of color at Stanford, and the influence politics has on culture.
For more information, visit the LEAD: Leading through Education, Activism, and Diversity website.