Keynote speaker Maria Hinojosa, host and executive producer of NPR’s Latino USA, addresses the Nuestra Voz conference June 17. Photo courtesy of Latina Circle.
Inaugural Nuestra Voz Conference Held at EMK Institute to Advance Next Generation of Latino Leaders
Event launches Amplify Latinx initiative to increase Latino leadership in elected and appointed positions
BOSTON – Saturday, June 17, 2017 – Latina Circle, in collaboration with the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston, today hosted the first-ever Nuestra Voz Conference to train and advance the next generation of Latino leaders at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate.
"This is a call to action to advance Latino civic participation and leadership," said Betty Francisco, co-founder of Latina Circle. "From serving on boards and commissions, to volunteering, to running for office, it's imperative for more Latinos to get engaged."
The conference convened over 250 leaders and more than 70 partner organizations, and served as the launch of the new Amplify Latinx Initiative.
"Latinos have power in numbers, yet we are not represented in the same powerful way in government," said Eneida Roman, co-founder of Latina Circle. "Clearly there is a calling and opportunity for our engagement, and that's why we are launching this movement we call Amplifx Latinx."
Morning speakers included local Latino elected officials who served as ‘Firestarters’ with their inspirational stories; and a keynote address by Maria Hinojosa, host and executive producer of NPR’s Latino USA.
Afternoon events at UMass Boston included leadership workshops and a fireside chat with former U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea.
About Amplify Latinx:
The Nuestra Voz Conference kicked off the launch of the Amplify Latino Power and Impact Initiative (Amplify Latinx), a non-partisan, collaborative movement aimed at significantly increasing the representation of Latinos in elected and appointed positions, on boards and commissions, and in corporate leadership.
Latinos are the second largest demographic in the US and make up 20 percent of Boston’s population according to a recently released Boston Indicators report commissioned by the Latino Legacy Fund at the Boston Foundation.
Despite their strength in numbers, a new report from the Greater Boston Latino Network found significant and continued under-representation of Latinos in local government. Amplify Latinx aims to increase Latino civic engagement and participation to ensure that this important talent base is represented at the highest levels of leadership.
For more information, visit www.AmplifyLatinx.com.