More than 300 Hispanics came together last week in Houston to explore identity and activism in the community at Teach for America's staff and corps member summit.
TFA's "Reclaiming the Future" summit, held July 22-24, was designed to help participants explore their cultural identity and define a vision for collective education advocacy for the Hispanic community, according to a release.
Speakers at the event included San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, who addressed about 400 attendees at the summit's celebration dinner on June 23 to emphasize the importance of Hispanics to the future of the country.
"A diversity of cultures and backgrounds is essential to our work, and I'm thrilled that this summit gives Latino staff and corps members the space to explore their leadership role in working to ensure all kids have an equal chance in life," Elisa Villanueva Beard, TFA co-CEO, said in a statement.
Panels featured experts with backgrounds in education, politics and community organizing, including Emanuel Pleitez, chairman of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation; Juan Sepúlveda, senior advisor for Hispanic affairs at the Democratic National Committee; and Curtis Acosta, who developed and taught classes for the Mexican American Studies program in the Tucson Unified School District. They were joined by representatives of New Futuro and United We Dream, two of TFA's national partner organizations.
TFA recruits and trains top college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years in underserved schools and become lifelong education leaders, according to the release. In the 2012-2013 school year, 10 percent of the organization's 5,800 incoming teachers identified as Hispanic.
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