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Loyola Student Among Fifty-One Selected For Kellogg Collegiate Women of Color Leadership Institute

Loyola press release - July 24, 2006

(New Orleans)-- Ranika M. Sanchez, a senior in broadcast journalism, is among 51 college students from 20 states who have been selected to participate in the Kellogg Collegiate Women of Color Leadership Institute sponsored by the Foundation for Independent Higher Education. The year-long program aims to identify campus leaders among women of color enrolled at independent colleges across the nation and provide a learning experience to help prepare them for future leadership roles. All of those selected will be college seniors in the fall.

Participants will be engaged in a rigorous leadership development program at the Mt. Washington Conference Center in Baltimore for four days in mid-August. A variety of speakers will address topics related to servant leadership, and the group will spend a day touring the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters and hearing from women leaders in the CIA.

Participants will be expected to undertake a leadership project on their home campus or in the neighboring community during their senior year. A stipend of $2,500 will be provided to assist each student in funding their project.

Participants will also be assigned a mentor, who is a woman executive in a corporation, non-profit organization or government. The mentors will meet their student during the Baltimore program and then be in contact with the student throughout the senior year.

Students were selected for the program based on academic record, leadership achievements, letters of reference and an essay.

In addition to being accepted into the Kellogg Collegiate Women of Color Leadership Program, Sanchez, a native of St. Rose, La., recently received a $1,000 journalism scholarship from WDSU 6 New Orleans. She was also inducted as the second vice president of the national Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Sanchez is spending her summer completing an internship with Earthen Vessels Outreach – a Pittsburgh-based urban community outreach program in which she mentors sixth through eighth grade girls. Sanchez’s future plans include attending seminary school and becoming an urban youth minister.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan is the major donor for the Kellogg Collegiate Women of Color Leadership Program. Major funding has also been provided by BP Foundation of the global energy group. Other donors include the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, W.K. Kellogg Corporation, HSBC, TIAA-CREF, and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The Foundation for Independent Higher Education is the national partner in a network of state and regional associations that develop resources for private colleges and universities throughout the nation. Over 640 institutions are members and enroll over 1.5 million students.

For further information on the Kellogg program, please contact Dr. William E. Hamm, president of the Foundation for Independent Higher Education at (202) 367-0333 or Dr. Katie C. Davis, chair of advisory committee at (757) 467-1045.