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Teach For America Gets Diversity Nod

August 22, 2013

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Elisa Villanueva Beard
Teach For America co-CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard (photo: Teach For America)

Teach For America was among 50 companies whose hiring of Latinas got them included in the LATINA Style 50 Report, it was announced. The report reviews the leadership programs, career opportunities, employee benefits and Latina representation in senior positions at more than 800 companies.

Teach For America, founded in 1990, recruits individuals who are willing to teach for two years in underserved schools and become lifelong promoters of educational equity. About one-third of the students at targeted schools identify as Hispanic, and the organization is known for recruiting Latinas.

About 10 percent of staff members identify as Hispanic, including co-CEO Elisa Villanueva Beard, and approximately 70 percent are women.

"Latino teachers can play a critical role in helping the next generation of Latinos feel proud of their culture and heritage and connect that to the positive contributions they can make to our society," Amanda Fernandez, vice president of Latino community partnerships at Teach For America, said in a statement.

Teach For America held its first-ever Latino Education Summit this summer, offering Hispanic staff and corps members a chance to explore their cultural identity, develop leadership skills and define a vision for educational advocacy for the Hispanic community, according to a release.

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