Fulfilling America’s Future: Latinas in the U.S.

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frontcover_10192016Last year the Initiative published a report, Fulfilling Americas Future: Latinas in the U.S., to highlight the condition of Hispanic girls and women in this country and their participation in areas such as: education, health, labor, housing and politics. On October 21, 2016 the Initiative held the Latinas in the U.S. summit to further the asset-based narrative on Latinas and raise awareness on the investments needed in support of advancing the educational, workforce, and leadership opportunities for Latinas.

The Initiative invites you to organize a Watch Party utilizing the tools and resources you need to actively participate.

View the Latinas in the U.S. Summit and download the Watch Party Toolkit [PDF] containing information on how to get your community involved with the summit.

Download the Summit Agenda [PDF]

Download the Speaker Biographies [PDF]

Download the Summit Program [PDF]

Please read Mapmakers written by Carlos Andrés Gómez for this event.  [PDF]

On the far side of the city

in the furthest classroom

from the stairs on the 5th floor,

in the last row of a cluttered

throng of uneven desks and

broken chairs is a hand buoyant

as the first bud of spring:

a Latina girl with a gaze steady as

a summer skyline mesmerized by

the face at the front of the class—no,

not the teacher’s—the Boricua

U.S. Supreme Court Justice

that looks down from the poster

on the far wall, seems to reach

down from the splintered brick, say:

Come with me, say: ¡Pa’lante!

say: We are, each of us, made for

something beyond the suffocating

boxes that too often try to contain us.

That little girl has no aspirations

to be a princess; asked for a science

kit for her 6th birthday, memorized

the Bill of Rights by her 9th.

Her bedroom is windowed with

women who reach down from

the lavender walls and helped her

construct a spine that is not capable

of collapse. She does not daydream

about movie stars or boy bands,

is obsessive in her study of maps:

where she came from, where she wants

to one day go. She looks at the women

above her window, traces their journeys

like maps: Dolores Huerta, Rita Moreno,

Michelle Obama, Sonia Sotomayor.

The only uncertainty is whether she will

get a pHD in bioethics or found her own tech

company, be a neurosurgeon or Chief Justice

of the Supreme Court. Latina, Latino, Latinx,

us: we are only as strong as the person next

to us: the calloused hands that held us up

when we were too small, on our own,

to stand up, the ones who pulled and still

pull us up: the mentors, the mothers,

the allies and comadres, the mavens –

each bright light who embodies it all,

becomes our safe haven: the colleague

or role model who becomes a doorway:

the way that little girl today visiting

the Obama residence recognizes what

is so clearly self-evident, with or

without precedent, and decides that

the next time she visits the White House

will be her first day as President.