Oregon Leadership Institute

Interim Coordinator: Lupita Mendez

Student Leaders

Are you ready for a challenge? Do you consider yourself a leader? Do you have leadership skills that you want to develop? Do you want to make an impact in the community?


Portland Community College has offered the Oregon Leadership Institute (OLI) at Rock Creek Campus as a cooperative program between PCC and the Oregon Council for Hispanic Advancement (OCHA) since 1999. OLI was started in 1986 through OCHA to help Latino high school students develop leadership skills, learn about opportunities for post-secondary education, and explore options. Today it continues to do so at PCC with over 500 student graduates.

Current PCC college students mentor Oregon Leadership Institute high school students throughout an academic year. College student mentors commit to facilitate the five OLI Saturday Sessions by enrolling in the Leadership and Mentorship of a Latino(a) Student class. This is a tuition-free, 3 credit per term class, which is offered during the fall, winter, and spring terms. High school mentees also earn 3 tuition-free credits per year as part of the program.

Congratulations to the 2014 Mentees! All mentees accepted to the program have been contacted by their mentors. If you have not heard from a mentor, we encourage you to apply again next year. If you have any questions about OLI please contact the Interim MC Coordinator Lupita Mendez at 971-722-7279.