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Leadership Institute

 

Alianza Americas has launched its 2019-2020 Leadership Institute, a leadership development program for organizations that work with migrant populations, designed to strengthen the collective capacity of grassroots organizations in the United States, with the goal of continuing to build bridges that help us strengthen communities in the Americas. 

The objective of the Leadership Institute is to train participants coming from Latin American and Caribbean countries with a global perspective on politics, as well as the realities and contexts that influence migration, thus creating a generation of local leaders with a transnational perspective.  

The Institute highlights a new approach to a decades-long challenge: though migration is an international phenomenon, the work has long had a domestic focus. And in a moment where migrant communities are under attack in the United States, it is urgent to address these local challenges with an understanding of their roots in cross-border contexts. Investing in transnational leadership in our communities is a basic principle of the long-term vision of Alianza Americas. 

The class of 2019-2020 is comprised of 11 participants from 5 countries, living in 9 different states. For the first time this year, we are also including two participants working in Honduras and Mexico. The participants were selected among applications received from Alianza Americas member organizations throughout the country and will follow a popular education plan drawing on the experiences, perspectives and unique knowledge of each participant. 

The 2019-2020 leadership group includes: 

  1. Yanitza Carmona y Correa– President of Club Taji, Illinois
  2. Dulce Domínguez– Lake County Immigrant Advocacy, Illinois
  3. Cindy García– Board Member, Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ), Alabama
  4. Rico Durán– Community Organizer at COPAL Minnesota
  5. Elsabel Rincon– United for a Fair Economy (UFE), Massachusetts 
  6. Yolanda David– Hondureños contra el SIDA, New York 
  7. Yimene Calderón– Organización Negra Centroamericana (ONECA), Honduras 
  8. Sofía Blanco– Colectivo Mujeres Acompañantes de Procesos por Autonomías Sororales, Mexico
  9. Juana Leticia Casildo– United Families in Action, New Orleans
  10. César Cuéllar– Stranger No Longer, Michigan 
  11. Johanna Valenzuela– CARECEN, Washington DC

Contact Zorayda Avila for additional information. 

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The Leadership Institute is possible thanks to the generous support of the Porticus Foundation and the WK Kellogg Foundation. 

2018

Alianza Americas has launched its inaugural “Instituto de Liderazgo,” a year-long leadership development program designed to bolster the collective capacity of US-based migrant-serving organizations to strengthen communities across the Americas. The goal of the Instituto is to equip local immigrant leaders, hailing from Latin American and Caribbean countries, with a global perspective of the policies, realities, and contexts that shape migration, building a generation of local leaders with cross-issue, cross-border perspectives.

The Institute’s 14 participants will follow a popular education curriculum that builds on each person’s unique experiences, perspectives, and knowledge. Participants hail from four countries and represent nine states across the US. The cohort includes recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), along with indigenous leaders, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community. Participants were selected from a pool of applications received from Alianza Americas’ member organizations across the country.

Learn more about the Instituto here 
Contact Zorayda Avila for additional information.