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.