Inaugural Cohort of Latinx Leaders Selected for New Education Equity Fellowship

The following is a press release from LatinxEd

LatinxEd is pleased to announce the first cohort of the LatinxEd Fellowship. With support from the John M. Belk Foundation, the scholarship provides a six-month immersive learning opportunity for Latinx educational leaders who demonstrate alignment with the mission, vision and beliefs of LatinxEd, commit to developing an identity racial and ethnically positive for Latinx families in the rural South and are actively working to advance access to opportunities in North Carolina.

This cohort was selected from the Western, Northwestern, Piedmont Triad, and North Central regions of the state. The selection process was very competitive, with only 15 scholarship recipients selected from nearly 70 applicants. Through this scholarship, LatinxEd seeks to create a trusted network of Latinx education leaders with a common vision and desire to work together to create a more inclusive and equitable education system in North Carolina.

“Opportunities such as the LatinxEd Fellowship are essential for investing in and amplifying Latinx leadership in our state,” said Ricky Hurtado, co-founder and director of advancement of LatinxEd. “To meet the new challenges of a growing multicultural state, we need these visionary leaders and innovators in Latinx education at the table to help us reinvent the way we meet the diverse needs of our students and students. our families.”

Throughout the scholarship, LatinxEd Fellows will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to participate in educational advocacy and gain leadership experience as practitioners. While remaining in their field or profession, they will benefit from ongoing leadership coaching and strategic communication support, as well as access to key education leaders in North Carolina.

The First Cohort of LatinxEd Fellows puts an end to the misconception that the Latinx community is a monolith. Within this cohort, there is an abundance of leadership training and experience, including topics like early childhood education, school administration, post-secondary level, immigration, arts education, mental health and neurological diversity.

“This immersive learning opportunity will allow fellows to take a new step in their leadership journey and join LatinxEd in championing the Latinx community,” said Elaine Townsend Utin, Co-Founder and Executive Director of LatinxEd. “We look forward to building this network of Latinx education leaders who are ready to lead our state to embrace a diverse and multicultural school system for the 21st century.”

The 2021 cohort of the LatinxEd scholarship is:

  • Amanda Serrano (Browns Summit, North Carolina; Colombia) – Founder, CEO and psychotherapist of Sunrise Amanecer Inc.
  • Barbie garayua-tudryn (Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Puerto Rico) – School counselor at Frank Porter Graham Bilingüe and founder of Mariposas
  • Byron tenesaca (Arden, North Carolina; Ecuador) – Spanish teacher and high school equivalency test teacher at Clyde A. Erwin High School and visual artist
  • Christian Walter (Greensboro, North Carolina; Argentina) – Director of High Point Newcomers School and Coach of the English Learner Support Team (EL) of the NC Department of Public Education (DPI)
  • Elmer Orellana (Durham, North Carolina; El Salvador) – Deputy Director of the Center for Multicultural Affairs at Duke University
  • Flor Herrera-Picasso (Wilson, North Carolina, Mexico) – Co-founder of Casa Azul de Wilson
  • Jose perez (Sylva, North Carolina, Mexico) – Bilingual Rural Victim Advocate at the 30th Judicial District Alliance, Inc.
  • Juana Hernandez Urquiza (Raleigh, North Carolina, Mexico) – State Representative for SpanishServices at the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC)
  • Maria Hofman Hernandez (Newland, North Carolina; El Salvador) – Doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership, Interdisciplinary Studies at Appalachian State University
  • Marisa González (Greensboro, North Carolina; Mexico) – Associate of the University Teaching & Learning Commons (UTLC) academic program at UNC Greensboro
  • Meytal Barak (Durham, North Carolina; Venezuela and Nicaragua) – Associate Director for EarlyLiteracy at Book Harvest
  • Selina lopez (Holly Springs, North Carolina, Mexico) – Director of the Youth Leadership Program at ElVínculo Hispano / The Hispanic Liaison
  • Victoria crouse (Raleigh, North Carolina, Mexico) – Public Policy Analyst and NC KIDS COUNT Project Director at NC Child
  • Yolande Adams (Boone, North Carolina; Colombia) – Family Resource Coordinator at Watauga County Schools and Co-Founder of Q ‘Pasa Appalachia
  • Yuliana Rodriguez (Hillsborough, North Carolina, Mexico) – Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ###About LatinxEdLatinxEd is an educational non-profit organization committed to investing in Latinx leadership and developing equity and educational opportunities in North Carolina. LatinxEd envisions culturally sustainable education systems that recognize, meet, and honor the diverse needs of Latinx immigrant families. Their programming and advocacy create pathways to educational, professional, and civic engagement opportunities for a new generation of Latinx leaders in North Carolina.


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