2018 National Latin@ Institute: En la Unión Está la Fuerza
Thursday, July 26th, 2018
From July 18 – 20, Casa de Esperanza’s National Latin@ Network hosted the 2018 National Latin@ Institute with the theme, “En la Unión Está la Fuerza: Moving forward together.” In these three days, our passion, commitment, strength, frustration, hope, anguish, experience, and resiliency merged to create a powerful encuentro de líderes.
Over the past two years, we have listened and learned from many of you; we have asked what you want to learn more about and who is doing great work in our communities. We have experienced, along with other organizations, the challenges facing our communities and organizations, and the innovative work led by community organizations, advocates, youth and adult leaders, and allies. We want to celebrate and lift up this work. We hope that attendees found that the time is now, the space is here, and together we are capable of taking next steps, small and large. We can move toward progress, toward breaking down barriers, lifting up best practices, embracing our communities, our culture, our lived experiences and our hopes for the future.
The plenaries, workshops, and learning circles provided an opportunity to further your understanding of critical issues affecting Latin@s across the U.S. We addressed the many complexities of violence, discrimination, oppression, and stigma that further victimize our communities. Since many of our identities intersect, we have intentionally created an intersectional space but being fully aware that we can always do better. Presenters come from across the movement and the National Latin@ Network, with a commitment to lift up ideas, approaches, resources, and cross collaboration from the field.
During this time together, we pondered the ideology of Audre Lorde who said self-care is not self-indulgence, but rather it is a radical act of self-preservation. Without you in this world, we could not end violence. We need you!
We hope all who attended the Institute leave with a renewed sense of energy and inspiration, with a broader network of colleagues and allies in your work, and with the understanding that you have made a difference by being in community with others…en la unión está la fuerza, and we are moving forward together!