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Fuller Theological Seminary Celebrates Groundbreaking Success of the Holistic Leadership Program for Latina Women

Fuller Theological Seminary proudly announces the graduation of 49 women from its inaugural online Professional Certificate on the Holistic Leadership of Latina Women. This milestone will be celebrated both online and in-person at the Texas campus on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

Designed to empower Spanish-speaking Latina women from across the Americas, the six-month program nurtures leadership within ministerial roles and beyond. “The steadfast commitment of these women, amid their busy lives, underscores the profound resonance and need for such a program,” stated Rev. Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley, President of Fuller Theological Seminary. “Their unwavering dedication through the entire program is a testament to its significance and impact.”

The curriculum fosters a deep, biblical-theological understanding of women’s roles in leadership and community life, offering practical tools for navigating the unique challenges faced by women in leadership positions. “This program not only highlights the critical role of Latina women in leadership but also provides them with the resources to thrive in their ministries and communities,” commented Raquel Toledo, program manager and academic advisor as well as the mentor for this year’s cohort.

Reflecting on the success, Academic Dean Rev. Alexia Salvatierra of the Centro Latino noted, “We’ve witnessed transformative journeys—tears, laughter, and profound vocational discoveries. Our participants have emerged with renewed confidence and commitment to leadership and discipleship.”

Participant Flavia Ayelen Caffarena from Argentina shared, “The experience was more than eye-opening and brings a lot of new challenges. One of them is to read the story in terms of gender, because women are present but made invisible. And this allowed me to see that throughout history women were the basis on which the great legacies that we can enjoy and share today were built. Not only within Christianity but also outside of Christianity. I appreciate the opportunity of participating in this cohort, I recommend it because it provides tools and also new lenses to be able to see reality from a perspective where women are present and made visible.”

The next cohort is set to begin in September 2024, with 27 already registered. Additionally, Fuller’s upcoming professional certificate in Mental Health, starting May 18, has attracted 64 participants, highlighting the Seminary’s growing influence in professional education.

For more information about the program or to register for the next cohort, please visit Fuller Theological Seminary’s Professional Certificate Programs.


Fuller Seminary is one of the largest nondenominational seminaries in the world with a global enrollment of more than 3,000 students. Courses are offered at Fuller’s campuses in Pasadena, Houston, and Phoenix, as well as online. Fuller offers master’s and doctoral degrees through its two schools: the School of Mission and Theology, and the School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy. On-demand non-degree courses and professional training are available through the digital learning platform FULLER Equip. Fuller is a global ecclesial, evangelical, ecumenical, and egalitarian Christian institution.  Apply today: