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  (Academic Audit by Provost  of DeSales University)
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"I am extremely impressed with the excellent program you have designed and delivered. The academic content that I experienced was top flight, the cultural exposure that you provided is deep and meaningful, the students you gathered into your program are remarkable, and the opportunities for spiritual insight and reflection are genuine and impressive. I had no idea that you would have planned such a full, rich schedule of activities, meetings, and experiences for us.

I have evaluated the NALI syllabus and schedule of cultural activities outside the classroom and have determined that the three-week program is worthy of 84 hours of instruction and 6 undergraduate credits. I look forward to pursuing collaborative programs between DeSales University and the North American Leadership Institute.

Congratulations on your success to date."

Karen Doyle Walton
Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

  (Endorsement by Founder and first Rector of the Universidad Panamericana)
”Es magnífico que la North American Leadership Institute esté organizando, con los departamentos de Pedagogía, Medicina y Asistencia Social de la Universidad Panamericana, un curso sobre doctrina social de la iglesia, trabajando en Tlapa, con estudiantes de América del Norte y personas de color. Te felicito por esta tarea, encomiendo para que salga adelante en beneficio de los alumnos y de los profesores de la Panamericana...”

“I am very pleased that the North American Leadership Institute has been organized with the Departments of Education, Medicine and Social Service of the Universidad Panamericana.  It is wonderful that this course on Catholic social doctrine includes field work in Tlapa with university students from all over North America, including students of color. Congratulations on this effort.  I will certainly pray that it prove to be of great benefit for the students and professors of the Universidad Panamericana.”

Dr. Carlos Llano Cifuentes
Founding Rector of the
Universidad Panamericana
Founding President of the Instituto Panamericana de Alta Dirección de Empresas (IPADE)
President, Fundación Montepío Luz Saviñón

  Endorsement by the Director of Human Resources, Organization of American States

"Since I was appointed as Director of the Department of Human Resources, I have worked with hundreds of interns that come to the Organization of American States from everywhere in the hemisphere. This is a great opportunity for me to understand the way that young people think and more importantly, to give them the chance to have an international experience during their work at the OAS."

"As a Mexican, I see in the NAEIF Program a great possibility to foster understanding and development between the youth of NAFTA in the context of Indigenous communities. I wish success in all aspects of this endeavor and I encourage all the young people who will participate in this program to view their work as a personal prayer and conversation with God."

Rosa Maria Barreiro
Director of Human Resources
Organization of American States
Washington, D.C.

  Endorsement by the Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, King's University College at The University of Western Ontario

"It sounds like a great opportunity for students from North American to be exposed to the social teachings of the Church while 'living' said teachings in a dynamic contemporary context. … Your packet of readings is incredibly interesting and wide-ranging -- a concrete example of 'inter-disciplinary' learning which we speak of often in university culture today."

Robert A. Ventresca, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History
King's University College at The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario


Endorsement by the Founding Rector of Mexico City and Santa Fe Campuses, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey


"The North American Leadership Institute is a comprehensive, well structured and dynamic learning environment for all participants (students, faculty and staff). The main topics -- human dignity, solidarity and justice -- are of the most critical importance in today's society. Further, I think that the dual perspective of theory-based and practical experiences within the Institute will foster its objectives, outcomes and benefits."

Carlos Enrique Gonzalez Negrete, Ed.D.
Founding Rector of Mexico City and Santa Fe Campuses
Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
Mexico City, Mexico


Endorsement by the Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Virginia


"The North American Leadership Institute provides Mexican and American students with an extraordinary opportunity to learn about natural law theory and Catholic social thought with a particular eye to the application of these traditions to the contemporary social challenges and opportunities facing Mexico."

W. Bradford Wilcox
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

  Evaluations of Inaugural Program, July 2005  

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