Call for Applications  

Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Leadership Institute

Deadline: Friday, August 23rd, 2019


Is this Leadership Institute for you?

The main purpose of this Leadership Institute is to provide interns with the skills needed to become effective and critically conscious community leaders. In this Institute we focus on Mexica, Indigenous, and local identity, traditions, and culture. The importance of land and water provide a framework to further understand the importance of community-based work, policy development, and the legislative process.


Key Themes

The following are the key themes that are central to our Leadership Institute:

  • Importance of Identity - Mexica, Indigenous, and Local

  • Becoming a Leader/Maseualli Model

  • History of Our People/Struggles

  • Water, Land, History, and Traditions as Central to New Mexican communities

  • Importance of Culture and Traditions

  • Quest for Justice

  • Policy Development & Legislative Process

  • Community-Based Research


What does this Institute entail?

The Institute consists of a variety of work sessions and trainings that incorporate these themes.  Participants will also develop a strategic plan (brief) focused on land and water related issues impacting the community - e.g. protection and preservation of acequias, impacts of drought, land and water rights, urban encroachment, or on other relevant topics. The strategic plan will include in depth research that spans over both semesters. 


The program culminates with a celebration of CESOSS Leadership Institute participants sharing their strategic plans and accomplishments throughout the year to the larger community. 



For the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Leadership Institute, up to 8 young adults will be invited to participate from the pool of applicants.  The ideal applicant is someone who is interested in land and water issues in New Mexico, traditional knowledge, and who is committed to enacting positive change in their community.


The internship will begin with an information/training session in early September 2019. After this session, we will meet 2-3 times per month - on a weekday evening up to 2-3 hours each meeting (evening meetings are usually held on Mondays).  Our meeting time will be based on the schedule of the interns.  In addition there will be some Saturday sessions planned for attending community events and trainings.


The sessions will provide participants with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively analyze an issue and develop a strategic plan. The issue chosen can be something they are already involved in or that they develop as the institute progresses. 


During the Spring 2020 semester, interns will have the opportunity to attend part of the legislative session and “shadow” a legislator so they can understand the importance of the legislative process and how it connects to community issues.   


Educational Stipend Opportunity

Upon successful completion of institute requirements, each participant will have the opportunity of receiving an educational stipend each semester (minimum $300/semester).  The educational stipend is intended to support participants in their studies and/or work related to their strategic plan.  


  • Interest in leadership development connected to traditional/indigenous forms of knowledge

  • Interest in land and water issues

  • Commitment to all forms of justice - social, racial, economic, gender, ability, and all others

  • Demonstrate responsibility, respect, commitment, and the desire to learn from and with the community

  • Commitment to attend the majority of the sessions & workshops

  • Development of a strategic plan that spans over Fall 2019/Spring 2020

  • Willingness to attend part of the legislative session and/or local council & commission meetings

  • 2-4 hours per month assisting CESOSS in research, planning, and implementation of current projects & initiatives

  • Young People of Color and Strong Allies are encouraged to apply


If you are interested in being considered, make sure to send us your completed application no later than Friday, August 23rd, 2019

The Leadership Institute officially starts in September 2019

(specific dates and times to be determined by participants class/work schedules)


Checklist (details included on application):

  • Cover Letter

(500 words or less stating your interest in applying for this institute)

  • Completed Application

  • Resume (Optional)


If you have any questions, please contact us!

Dr. Virginia Necochea                   Jorge Garcia             

505-304-8724                             505-459-4949


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