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Hispanic-Latino/a Center

Group of Latino/a Seminary Students at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Established in 1988, this center seeks to bring Hispanic culture and experience into the life of the seminary and provide continuing education to the church. It strives to serve the needs of Hispanic and Latin American students, pastors, and churches. The office provides services to churches throughout the North Central Jurisdiction by recruiting students for ordained ministry and by training seminarians, pastors, and lay leaders for effective ministry in cross-cultural settings.

For more information, contact Dr. Débora Junker, Director of the Hispanic-Latino/a Center.

Welcome from the Director

Dear Friends,

As the Director of the Hispanic-Latino/a Center at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, I am pleased to welcome you to our community. We have exciting upcoming events that I hope you are able to participate in and contribute with your presence and talents.

The Hispanic-Latino/a Center is dedicated to bringing together a community of friends who have a heart and concern about the realities of Latino communities across the U.S., Latin America, and beyond. Thus, it seeks to provide resources and scholarly discussions on pertinent themes that address both systematic and theological perspectives while cultivating a deeper, fuller, and better understanding of the complex issues regarding Latino(a) experiences.

I warmly invite you to get involved and participate in the activities of the Hispanic-Latino/a Center. Please join us in all available opportunities that focus on a topic that interests you. You don't need to be Latino or Latina to get involved. All are welcomed!

We hope you will take your time exploring the content of this website to become more acquainted with the Hispanic-Latino/a Center, and to discover potential pathways for your own involvement with us.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, suggestions, or ideas you may have to help us make the Hispanic-Latino/a Center, welcoming and relevant for you and our community.

En Esperanza,
Débora Junker


Amigos y Amigas,

Como directora del Centro Hispano/Latino y Latinoamericano de Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, me complace darle la bienvenida a nuestra comunidad. Estamos muy entusiasmados con las actividades que estamos planeando y esperamos que usted pueda participar y contribuir con su presencia y talentos.

El centro quiere ser un espacio para todas las personas que demuestran interés en la realidad de las comunidades latinas en los EE.UU. y América Latina y que son sensibles a los desafíos que ellas viven. Por este motivo, el Centro Hispano/Latino y Latinoamericano busca proveer recursos y fomentar el diálogo sobre cuestiones del contexto de la comunidad latina a través de reuniones informales y discusiones académicas con el fin de cultivar una comprensión más profunda y más completa sobre la complejidad de la experiencia Latina en este país.

Los animo a involucrarse y participar en las actividades del Centro Hispano/Latino y Latinoamericano. Por favor, únase a nosotros en cada oportunidad disponible para abordar un tema de su interés. No es necesario ser latino o latina para participar en nuestras actividades. ¡Todos y todas son bienvenidos!

Además, esperamos que pueda explorar el contenido de este sitio Web para familiarizarse con las actividades del Centro Hispano/Latino y Latinoamericano, e identificar las posibles formas en que puede participar con nosotros/as.

Por favor, no vacile en ponerse en contacto conmigo para compartir preguntas, sugerencias o ideas para ayudarnos a hacer del Centro Hispano/Latino y Latinoamericano un lugar acogedor y relevante para usted y para nuestra comunidad.

En Esperanza,
Débora Junker

Young Clergy Initiative (YCI)

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is proud to implement the Young Clergy Initiative (YCI) focused on developing a comprehensive program to help young Latino/Latina students discern and hear the call to lay and ordained ministry and to train, mentor and nurture them as they continue in their spiritual and vocational journey as leaders for the church and the world. As such, YCI strategically partners with communities, churches, colleges and universities, United Methodist agencies, annual conferences and key individuals to help identify and prepare high school and college Latino/a students for leadership.

The skills for effective ministry leadership are fostered through the practice of ministry in the local church and in the community. Students come together over the summer for a 3-4 day retreat to explore vocation, discipleship, leadership, United Methodist history and polity as well as social justice issues that are important to the Latino/a community. A long term mentoring relationship is established for each student through partnerships with pastors, seminarians, conference staff and other ministry leaders. The YCI is dedicated to supporting young Latino/a students in their pursuit of higher education, leadership development, and ministry vocation as they grow into the purpose God called them to.

Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy (HYLA)

2016 Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy | July 6 - 9, 2016

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is proud to partner with the Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy (HYLA) program on our campus for Hispanic/Latino/a college students. The program will take place during the summer. Students already in college or beginning college in the fall are encouraged to apply to participate in the program. Applications are due by April 1st of each year.

The Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy serves Hispanic United Methodist youth and young adults. Its main purpose is to identify, recruit, and facilitate the leadership development processes of college students while taking into consideration the context and particularities of Hispanic/Latino/a youth and young adults in the context of the United States. HYLA is a three year-program that will focus on different topics each year. The Garrett-Evangelical/HYLA partnership in the Chicago area will focus on college scholarships.

Contact hyla.umc@gmail.com for general questions about HYLA and contact patricia.bonilla@garrett.edu for specific questions bout the summer program at Garrett-Evangelical.