Far West and Midwest NCLR Affiliate Members Gather

November 3, 2015 | Chicago, IL

NCLR Regional Convening

Midwest and Far West NCLR Affiliates gathered in Albuquerque, NM. Photo courtesy Vanessa Uribe.

The Far West and Midwest regions of National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, hosted their annual Fall Convening last month in Albuquerque, NM. The three-day event provided attendees with an array of opportunities, including professional development, resource exchange and networking.

The Far West and Midwest regions of National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization, hosted their annual Fall Convening last month in Albuquerque, NM. The three-day event provided attendees with an array of opportunities, including professional development, resource exchange and networking.

“It was a good opportunity for us, as an organization serving the Latino community, to connect with and learn from other NCLR members,” said Paula King, associate director of development at Erie Neighborhood House. She attended the two-day conference alongside more than 80 participants representing 43 regional Affiliate members.

King shared that she also appreciated the chance to participate in site visits to the Youth Development Inc. (YDI) Early Childhood Learning Center at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) and to South Valley Economic Development Center (SVEDC). According to King, the visits allowed participants to observe how two Affiliate members are responding to the unique needs of the community they serve and then consider what this holds for their own context.

An additional highlight was a live chat with Janet Murguía, president and CEO of NCLR. “(Murguía) stressed the important role NCLR will play as we approach next year’s election cycle, and how we as Affiliate members can give more visibility to NCLR and its objectives,” said King.
Beyond the dialogue and growth they promote, the regional gatherings further serve to foster a sense of belonging among NCLR’s Affiliate members.

"Our active, engaged membership in NCLR is so valuable,” said Erie House executive director Celena Roldán-Moreno, who was appointed to the organization’s board of directors this summer. “When organizations across the country can come together and collectively advocate for social change—change that can empower Hispanic communities and give people the opportunities they need to succeed—the result can be extremely powerful.”

Earlier this year, NCLR awarded Erie House with the Midwest Affiliate of the Year honor at its annual conference in Kansas City, Mo. NCLR will host its 2016 Annual Conference—in addition to the National Latino Family Expo—July 23–26 in Orlando, Fla. For more information, please visit www.nclr.org.

 

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