What is the CLSI?

The Chicano Leadership Summer Institute (CLSI) is an annual event put by the Willamette Chicano Alliance, a local Chicanx / Latinx based non – profit organization based in Portland, OR.

Every summer, we invite together college and high school students of the Portland metro area together in a space where, through workshops and dialogue, CLSI participants will explore topics surrounding identity development, college preparedness, leadership development, Chicanx / Latinx culture, history and arte.

What will I learn?

Students will have the opportunity to explore various different topics surrounding: Chicanx Art & History, College Preparedness, and Leadership Development, learn more below.

Chicanx Art & History

Participants will learn more about their histories and selves from workshops about Latinx leaders, activists, artivists of the past, present and future.

College Preparedness

College student volunteers will be present to share their experiences with participants about the college process, what it’s like to be in college and offer advice.

Leadership Development

Participants will gain knowledge about developing and growing as leaders within their community through learning about the work of historical and current leaders.


“Thank you for opportunity! It really helped a lot with finding my identity and how to prepare myself for college”

– CLSI 2017 Participant

A lot of good and helpful information about college and how we can find ways to support our communities of color and be educated about what is going on around us

– CLSI 2018 Participant

“Thank you to all the staff and volunteers, you inspired me to reach for the clouds.”

– CLSI 2017 Participant

“It helped me make my mind up. And it helped me see that I have
what it takes to attend my “dream” college.”

– CLSI 2017 Participant


1st – 5th Annual Chicano Leadership Summer Institute


( Frequently Asked Questions )

When is the CLSI?

The CLSI (Chicano Leadership Summer Institute) is hosted every summer in the Portland Metro area.

As of right now, we do not have specific dates and place, however, you can subscribe to our newsletter or follow our social media to be in loop with our next CLSI 2020!

How can I register?

Check back to this page this summer or follow our social media to be notified with our registration form for the program.

Is this institute open for everyone?

This institute is open for all high school students as well as 8th graders.

Who are the Presenters?

We currently do not have specific presenters, however, check back to this website for updates.

Help! I can't find answers to my question.

We are constantly working on perfecting our website, so if you have any recommendations or helpful FAQ you’d like us to include, please send us an email at support@chicanoalliance.org

Who are we?

We are a local collective of caring Chicanx / Latinx youth, students leaders, community members in a non – profit called, the Willamette Chicano Alliance, dedicated to creating resilient and self-sustaining communities through youth-focused workshops, programs, and dialogue.


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