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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How does the Adelante Summer Conference differ from the Latino Enrollment Institute (LEI)?

    The Latino Enrollment Institute (LEI) is geared towards schools seeking to recruit and serve Latino students, where each principal is placed in a small group with an LEI coach who supports the principal throughout the school year. Adelante is geared toward individuals looking to learn more about how to better serve Latino families in Catholic schools. The theme for the 2024 Adelante Summer Conference is  Latino Family and Community Engagement. Join us June 24 - 26, 2024 as we explore engaging and practical ways to empower Latino families in Catholic schools.

  2. Who should attend Adelante?

    We encourage the participation of superintendents and diocesan leadership, principals, PK-12 grade classroom teachers, instructional coaches, dual language educators and advocates, resource teachers, and anyone else who is engaged in this mission to advance educational opportunities for Latino children. We also encourage school teams to attend! Additionally, session in Spanish will be available in the breakout sessions.

  3. What is the timeline for registration?

    The registration period for the 2024 Adelante Summer Conference opens in mid-December and will close mid-May. Spots are limited, so register today!

  4. What is the cost to attend the Adelante Summer Conference?

    The cost to attend the Adelante Summer Conference is $450 per person and includes all meals, lodging on campus in a university residence hall, and materials. All participants are responsible for their own travel.

    While the convenience of the on-campus residence halls is hard to beat, we understand that dorm life may not be for everyone. In the past, we have had a good number of participants exercise the option to stay in a hotel nearby. Should you choose to forego the dorms, we have reserved hotel blocks at the Inn at Saint Mary's and the Hilton Garden Inn across the street from campus. Please note, however, that participants who choose this option will be responsible for making their own hotel reservation and the associated cost. The hotel provides a complimentary breakfast and we will provide shuttle service from the hotel to campus. There is a special room block rate reserved for the Adelante Conference of $140 per night plus applicable taxes. To secure this rate, participants must call the hotel directly and mention the name of the conference. This special rate will expire on May 03, 2024. You will have the opportunity to select your lodging preference on the registration form.

    If you are a local participant and will not be needing lodging, the registration fee is $300.

  5. Can I use Title funds to pay the registration fee?

    Please note, we strongly encourage schools to access Title II and Title III funds to defray the cost of attending the Adelante Summer Conference. On the registration form, you may request to pay via Title funds and we will provide an invoice, a Notre Dame W9 form, and an agenda that will satisfy the local education agencies (LEAs).
  6. What if I register and can no longer attend?

    In order to be eligible for a refund, cancellations for the Adelante Conference must be submitted to Jocelyn Smith via email 30 days prior to the event. 

  7. What is the closest airport to the University of Notre Dame?

    The closest airport is South Bend International Airport (SBN), which is about a 12-minute cab ride to the University of Notre Dame. It is often more expensive than other major hubs, but this largely depends on where you are traveling from. Midway International Airport and O'Hare International Airport are both in Chicago, and the commute, on average, is about two hours. Both airports are considerably less expensive to fly into. Midway is a bit closer to campus than O'Hare, and is also the smaller of the two airports. Please note that South Bend is on Eastern Standard Time and Chicago is on Central Standard Time.
  8. What are the accommodations like on campus?

    Participants stay in an air-conditioned residence hall on campus at the University of Notre Dame. All rooms are single occupancy with a sink, while the bathrooms and showers are shared and gender-specific by floor.


    Dorm room in Notre Dame residence hall
    Example of a dorm room in a Notre Dame residence hall.

  9. What are the accommodations like if I choose the off-site hotel?

    Hotel accommodations will offer all of the modern conveniences that you would expect from a hotel. While not quite as conveniently located as the residence halls on campus, it is still within walking distance. Shuttle service will also be provided at scheduled times during your stay.
  10. Can I stay in the residence hall an extra night should I choose to arrive a day early or stay an extra day?

    Yes, you may come a day early or stay one extra night if you so choose. We understand that for some people, especially those traveling from the west coast, it can often be extremely difficult (and sometimes impossible) to arrive in time for the opening session of the conference when departing that same day. Conference participants also frequently choose to extend their stay an extra day to explore Notre Dame's campus, which is beautiful in the summer. There will be an additional fee of $70 per night should you choose to stay an extra night in the dorm. If this is something you plan to do, please select this option on your registration form. If you are planning to stay at the hotel and would like to extend your stay, please make arrangements directly with the hotel.

  11. What should I bring to the conference?

    Other than walking shoes, clothes, and maybe an umbrella (we do have an occasional summer shower at random times), there is not much to bring. If participants are staying in a dorm on campus, the dorm is air-conditioned and each room has a sink, but not a private bath or shower (there are community bathrooms). All rooms have bedding and towels and blankets. Now, while this is a nice dorm, we realize that everyone has their own idea of "comfortable." The vast majority of past participants have been fine with the dorm accommodations, but others, in the past, have suggested you might want to bring:
    • shower shoes
    • your own pillow, if this is something you are particular about
    • your own blanket, again, if this is something you are particular about
    • bathrobe
  12. What is the suggested attire?

    There will be no events in which you have to wear anything formal. We just want you to be comfortable and relaxed during your time here!


If you have any further questions, please Dr. Jocelyn Smith (