THE NUESTRA VOZ CONFERENCE

The Latina Circle launched Amplify Latinx at the inaugural Nuestra Voz Conference on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Together with our co-host at the Center for Woman in Politics and Public Policy at UMass Boston, Amplify Latinx hosted action-oriented training sessions around political leadership, advocacy and positioning oneself for government boards and commissions. We welcomed over 250 Latino leaders more than 70 community partners committed to the mission of truly amplifying the voice of the Latino community on every level. Our sponsors and partners understand that by coming together to help develop more Latino leaders, every community is strengthened and our economic conditions are improved in direct and tangible ways. 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 moderated by MA Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz with former U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea. The Nuestra Voz Conference is the first in a series of collaborative convenings that will include four summer workshops and a Fall Summit aimed at empowering our community leaders and building sustainable partner coalitions.

WHY

Almost 57 million strong, Latinos in the US represent over 17% of the population and have more than $1.5 trillion in buying power. in Massachusetts, Latinos comprise 12.4% of the state’s population and in Boston 20% of the population is Latino. The Latino population is also growing rapidly representing over 90% of Boston’s growth in since 1980.

Yet Latinos are grossly under-represented in civic leadership roles of impact. Only 5 percent of US congressional seats and 4 percent of state legislature seats are held by Latinos. These disparities are most glaring on the local level, where Latino representation is lacking in elected leadership and in government appointed positions. In addition to being under-represented in elected and appointed leadership positions, Latinos also exhibit low participation in the civic process. In Massachusetts, for example, only 42% of Latino voters eligible to vote are registered. Increasing Latino political participation rates today will have deep impact for the future generation, and for this reason intentional interventions are necessary.

Given the gross under-representation of Latinos in civic leadership roles of impact, a more holistic approach, beyond just voter engagement is needed. Civic education, organizing, and advocacy, for example, can give Latinos meaningful participation that may lead them to vote, pursue electoral politics, seek appointment to City and State Boards or Commissions or seek other leadership opportunities within their communities, states or even at a national level.

Amplify Latinx is a vehicle to accelerate power building, civic engagement, and socially impactful leadership within the MA Latino community.

CONFERENCE VIDEOS

Las Primeras Fireside Chat

Sonia Chang-Diaz, MA State Senator, Second Suffolk; Nellie Gorbea, Rhode Island Secretary of State; and Carmen Ortiz, Former United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts

Aixa Beauchamp: Inspiring Next Generation of Latinx Leaders

Aixa Beauchamp, Founding Member of the Latino Legacy Fund, tells us why it’s important for her and others to return in her roots to inspire and help spur the next generation of Latinx leaders.

Nellie Gorbea: Why we need next generation of Latinx to run for office

Nellie Gorbea, Secretary of State of Rhode Island, shares why we need the next generation of Latinx to run for office and engage. It’s how change is made. The best public policy solutions are made when there’s a diversity of perspectives, opinions, and backgrounds around the table.

Andy Vargas: Why He Ran for Office

Haverhill City Councillor Andy Vargas shares why he ran for office. He shared his experience at the Amplify Latinx: Nuestra Voz Conference in June 2017.
  • Damali Vidot, Chelsea City Councillor At-Large

  • Andy Vargas, Haverhill City Councilor

  • Juana Matias, MA State Representative, 16th Essex

  • Simón Rios, Reporter, WBUR

  • Jossie Valentin, Holyoke City Councilor, Ward 4

  • Dennis Benzan, Attorney and Former Vice Mayor, Cambridge

  • Jonathan Mendoza, Poet

Our Firestarter Talks

Steering Committee

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ADRIAN VELAZQUEZ
Research Analyst, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
ADRIAN VELAZQUEZResearch Analyst, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
AIXA BEAUCHAMP
President, Beauchamp & Associates & Co-founder, Latino Legacy Fund at The Boston Foundation
AIXA BEAUCHAMPPresident, Beauchamp & Associates & Co-founder, Latino Legacy Fund at The Boston Foundation
AMANDA FERNANDEZ
Co-Founder and CEO, Latinos for Education
AMANDA FERNANDEZCo-Founder and CEO, Latinos for Education
ANDY VARGAS
City Councillor, City of Haverhill and Marketing Manager, E-For All
ANDY VARGASCity Councillor, City of Haverhill and Marketing Manager, E-For All
APRIL CELIZ
Business Development Associate, RSA Security
APRIL CELIZBusiness Development Associate, RSA Security
BETTY FRANCISCO
Co-Founder of Latina Circle, CEO of FitNation Ventures Inc.
BETTY FRANCISCOCo-Founder of Latina Circle, CEO of FitNation Ventures Inc.
BIANNY SUNCAR
Director, ABCD Mattapan FSC
BIANNY SUNCARDirector, ABCD Mattapan FSC
CHRISTINE JAUREGUI
Principal, Social Impact Strategies
CHRISTINE JAUREGUIPrincipal, Social Impact Strategies
DHARMA CORTÉS
Senior Scientist and Instructor at the Health Equity Lab, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School
DHARMA CORTÉSSenior Scientist and Instructor at the Health Equity Lab, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School
DIGNA SAAD
Principal, Third Sector New England
DIGNA SAADPrincipal, Third Sector New England
DOUG CHAVEZ
Co-founder, Massachusetts Democratic Latino Caucus
DOUG CHAVEZCo-founder, Massachusetts Democratic Latino Caucus
ENEIDA ROMAN
Co-Founder of Latina Circle, Founder of Roman Law
ENEIDA ROMANCo-Founder of Latina Circle, Founder of Roman Law
IVANA SERRET
Director, ABCD Boston Hispanic Center
IVANA SERRETDirector, ABCD Boston Hispanic Center
JACQUELINE CONRAD
Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Public Relations at Cambridge College
JACQUELINE CONRADVice President of Marketing, Communications & Public Relations at Cambridge College
JON SANTIAGO
Resident Physician - Emergency Medicine, Boston Medical Center
JON SANTIAGOResident Physician - Emergency Medicine, Boston Medical Center
KERI RODRIGUES
CEO, Mass Parents United
KERI RODRIGUESCEO, Mass Parents United
KRISTINE ACEVEDO
Head of Finance & Administration at FOUR PAWS USA
KRISTINE ACEVEDOHead of Finance & Administration at FOUR PAWS USA
LUISA PEÑA LYONS
Manager for Regional Impact, Leadership for Educational Equity
LUISA PEÑA LYONSManager for Regional Impact, Leadership for Educational Equity
MALI DIEZ
Principal Customer Success Manager for LATAM, HubSpot
MALI DIEZPrincipal Customer Success Manager for LATAM, HubSpot
MARCELA M. DANESH
Independent Financial Management Consultant
MARCELA M. DANESHIndependent Financial Management Consultant
MARIELLE RIVEROS
Student, Northeastern
MARIELLE RIVEROSStudent, Northeastern
MONICA HINOJOS
Creative Producer and Consultant
MONICA HINOJOSCreative Producer and Consultant
MONICA RAMIREZ
Director of Gender Equity & Advocacy, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda
MONICA RAMIREZDirector of Gender Equity & Advocacy, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda
NICOLE CASTILLO
Director of Policy and Public Affairs, MA Alliance on Teen Pregnancy
NICOLE CASTILLODirector of Policy and Public Affairs, MA Alliance on Teen Pregnancy
NURYS CAMARGO
Regional Director, External Affairs, AT&T MA and Founder, Chica Project
NURYS CAMARGORegional Director, External Affairs, AT&T MA and Founder, Chica Project
PHYLLIS BARAJAS
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Conexion
PHYLLIS BARAJASFounder & Chief Executive Officer, Conexion
SANTIAGO NARIÑO
Executive Director, Latinx Action Group
SANTIAGO NARIÑOExecutive Director, Latinx Action Group
SEYMOUR-JAMES QUILES
Chief Operations/Strategy Officer, Foxx Advanced Security Team Inc.
SEYMOUR-JAMES QUILESChief Operations/Strategy Officer, Foxx Advanced Security Team Inc.
STEVEN BARTLETT
Contract Advisor and Consultant, S|M Sports
STEVEN BARTLETTContract Advisor and Consultant, S|M Sports
TANIA DEL RIO
Diversity Outreach Officer at City of Boston
TANIA DEL RIODiversity Outreach Officer at City of Boston
VANESSA CALDERON-ROSADO
CEO of IBA and Co-founder of Greater Boston Latino Network
VANESSA CALDERON-ROSADOCEO of IBA and Co-founder of Greater Boston Latino Network
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