Adela de la Torre Latino Honor Society (ATLHS)


Mission and Values

Our mission is to recognize and achieve excellence amongst Latinos through scholarship, promote leadership in students and help render service through a unified effort.

Our values contribute towards members’ leadership growth, scholarship and service opportunities to promote excellence in Latino students; to establish a presence of Latino cultures on campus; and to strengthen students’ understanding of their Latino heritage and culture.

Emily Prieto, Ph.D., founder, had a vision to create an honor society at NIU in which Latino students would identify their potential and collaboratively advance together. On August 25, 2011, she met with Vanessa Segundo to start selecting candidates for an executive board that would establish and implement the vision of transformational diversity through intentional and strategic programming. In honor of her great mentor, Prieto decided to name this new honor society the Adela de la Torre Honor Society (ATHS) so that the legacy of success through education can be envisioned and embodied by all future members. In 2017 the name was changed to Adela de la Torre Latino Honor Society (ATLHS).


ATLHS members are required to sign a release of academic information waiver that authorizes ATLHS advisors to review a member’s academic progress each semester


  • Professional development opportunities.
  • Networking events, job fairs, leadership academy, etc.
  • Emphasize that members represent ATLHS at all times.


  • Two service learning projects are required of all members during the academic year.
  • Connections with other NIU organizations on the campus community.
  • Emphasize the need of unity in diversity, potential presentations.
  • Develop identity of a strong Latino coalition at NIU’s campus.

Experiential Learning experiences are eligible for transcript notations provided they do not result in academic credit and they meet the following criteria:

  • You complete a minimum of 80 hours of active engagement in an extensive and immersive pre-professional experience, such as field or clinical work, co-op, instruction or other practical learning experience.
  • You worked under the close guidance of a qualified mentor.
  • Experience deepened your knowledge of the subject matter.
  • Experience involved direct application of classroom knowledge to “real world” activities or problems.
  • Experience led to increased professional preparation including the development of skills in problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Recognition for scholarly achievements
  • Academic support
  • Mentorship
  • Networking
  • Professional development series
  • Make long lasting relationships with other Latino students at NIU!


  • Academic achievement of a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher based on a 4.0 scale
  • Community involvement or work experience
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities
  • Ability to work effectively as an individual and team member
  • Strong willingness to promote a positive Latino identity
  • Time and commitment to fulfill ATLHS expectations, including meetings and events

Application Process

All documents including personal statement, resume, and unofficial transcripts must be submitted in the application. However, letters of recommendation can be sent to

Application Materials

Applications for spring 2021 are closed. Applications for fall 2021 will be open soon.

  • The ATLHS online application.
  • One page typed personal statement. Please refer to the application for guidance on your personal statement topic.
  • Extracurricular involvement: Please include a document showing any extracurricular activities, academic honors, leadership awards, community service involvement, employment, etc.
  • Two recommendation letters: Please have the person writing the letter of recommendation (professor, employer, etc.) submit the letter directly to
    Recommendation letters from staff and faculty at the Latino Resource Center will not be accepted.
  • Unofficial transcripts. Please submit your unofficial transcript which can be found on your "MyNIU" page.