Georgia State students who completed this year's GALEO Institute for Leadership.

Georgia State University students enrolled in the Goizueta Scholars Program are in the process of setting up a student advocacy alliance on behalf of undocumented students.

Twenty five students, who received scholarships to the university through the Goizueta program, were recognized in a ceremony April 24 for participating in a year of leadership development training while completing their sophomore year.

The leadership program is organized by the GALEO Institute for Leadership and funded by the Sapelo Foundation, the University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute, GALEO and Georgia State.

The students were exposed to the leadership of a wide variety of organizations including the Hispanic Orgnization Promoting Education; the Loganville City Council, AT&T, the Georgia Secretary of State’s office; the Georgia House Democratic Caucus, the state representative offices of David Casas, a Republican from Lilburn and Pedro “Pete” Marin, a Democratic from Duluth; the executive office of GALEO and State Farm Insurance Co.

The GALEO Institute for Leadership, which is funded by the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund, has formed a strategic partnership with the Fanning Institute to expand and develop joint efforts for the Community Leadership Program.

As part of the graduation requirements from the program, the students worked on a community project, primarily dealing with immigration reform. They also visited the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin in partnership with El Refugio, a nonprofit that supports families of Latinos at the center.

To learn more about the GALEO Institute for Leadership in 2016, call Samuel Aguilar at (404) 745-2546 or by email at

To reach Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of GALEO, call (404) 745-2580 or send an email to