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Program

La Fuerza de Una Voz Unida

The Force of a United Voice


Una Voz Dear Community, On behalf of the entire Board of the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado (LCFC), we are proud to welcome you to this year’s forum which centers on our theme, The Force of a United Voice, La Fuerza de Una Voz Unida. As we embark on this full day of thought-provoking discussions that bring together local, regional and national leaders, we are excited to engage participants in framing a new narrative for Latinos, one that examines our past, present and future, unifying us behind a common goal. Whether rural or urban, student or older adult, new immigrant or part of a family who has been here for generations, we believe we can build our civic power by finding one voice with an action plan that wields both traditional and nontraditional civic engagement tools. Such tools include the use of the arts, culture, storytelling and narrative building. Our impact will go far beyond today if we, together find inspiration in ourselves and our stories and move to act, building a movement that will swell throughout our city, state and our country. Today’s statewide forum is a culmination of several others we had last month as we listened, engaged and connected with Latinos across the state. We visited Alamosa, Glenwood Springs and Fort Morgan where we were able to meet hundreds of people and hear their stories. As the LCFC branches out as its own independent nonprofit organization in the coming months, we look forward to expanding our statewide reach and continuing to strive to represent all Latino Coloradans. Thank you again for joining us as we learn from renowned national speakers, local and statewide panelists and our diverse and robust community. The civic power we can create in this room, on this day, with one United Voice, is immeasurable. In Partnership, The Latino Community Foundation of Colorado Board of Directors


COMMUNITIES IN PARTNERSHIP COMUNIDADES EN ALIANZA Rose Community Foundation has proudly supported the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado since 2007. We believe in the power of engaging Latinos in philanthropy to develop strong and vibrant Latino communities throughout Colorado. We are proud to sponsor LCFC’s 2018

Telling Our Story statewide forum.

Rose Community Foundation strives to enhance the quality of life of the Greater Denver community through leadership, grantmaking and donor engagement – stewarding philanthropic resources and investing in strategic and innovative solutions to enduring challenges and emerging issues. Since its founding in 1995, the Foundation has granted more than $275 million to organizations and initiatives in the seven-county Greater Denver area. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.RCFDENVER.ORG


Agenda 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Registration Location: Lobby, First Floor

8:00 - 8:50 a.m.

Continental Breakfast Location: Third Floor

9:00 - 9:20 a.m.

Artist Presentation Bobby LeFebre, Writer, Performer and Cultural Worker

9:20 - 9:35 a.m.

Welcome Master of Ceremony Kristen Aguirre, Anchor, 9News Carlos Martinez, Executive Director, and Debora Ortega, Ph.D., Board Chair,     Latino Community Foundation of Colorado Tariana Navas-Nieves, Director, Cultural Affairs, City and County of Denver Jaime Gomez, Deputy Executive Director and COO, Colorado Housing and Finance           Authority

9:35 - 9:40 a.m.

9:40 - 10:20 a.m.

The Force of a United Voice, La Fuerza de Una Voz Unida: Igniting Latino Civic Power Morning Keynote Crisanta Duran, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Colorado General Assembly

10:20 - 10:35 a.m.

BREAK

10:35 - 10:45 a.m.

Partnerships en Acción

10:45 - 10:55 a.m.

Mind the Moment to Engage in the Movement Janina E. Fariñas, Ph.D., L.C.P., Clinical Director, La Cocina

10:55 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Our Moment, Our Movement - Community Panel Moderator Julie Gonzales, Policy Director, Meyer Law Office, Denver Janina E. Fariñas, Ph.D., L.C.P., Clinical Director, La Cocina, Ft. Collins Melissa Mark Viverito, Senior Advisor, Latino Victory Project, New York  Adrián Nava, Civic Engagement Program Manager, New Era Colorado, Denver Garland Yates, Senior Fellow, Community Democracy Workshop, Washington, D.C.

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Location: Second Floor Susana Salamun, Latino Services Banking Officer, Alpine Bank Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, President and CEO, Rose Community Foundation

SOL Award Presentation to Betty Aragon-Mitotes Eric Ishiwata, Ph.D., LCFC Board Member, and Rosario Mendoza, Latino Age Wave         Colorado Conectora

Afternoon Keynote: Latinos Building Civic Power Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor, Los Angeles, California

1:30 p.m. 1:35 – 2:30 p.m.

Closing Dessert Reception Location: First Floor 


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Civic engagement involves working to make a difference in the civic life of one’s community and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference.

Action Leads PHILANTHROPIC GIVING

POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT Civic engagement means participating in a process of government, such as voting, campaigning, running for office or writing letters to your representatives.

In Colorado, there are over half a million

Latino Eligible Voters

Civic engagement means donating funding or needed items or organizing and participating in fundraising efforts. Philanthropic giving can include your time, talent and/or treasure.

60 Latino-Led/ Latino-Serving Organizations to invest in across the state. There are over

How will you SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Civic engagement means maintaining a sense of responsibility to the welfare of others when making personal or professional decisions. You can do this by supporting Latino-owned businesses, becoming a mindful and informed shopper and thinking about the greater impact of your everyday decisions on the Latino community. 

Colorado Latinos have

23 Billion Dollars in buying power.

ADVOCACY AND EDUCATION Civic engagement means using various modes of persuasion (petitions, marches, letter writing) to influence government or corporate decision makers to make choices that will benefit the community. Imagine the impact we can make with a united voice.

There are

1.1inMillion Latinos the state making up 21% of the total population. The Colorado Latino population ranks 8th in the nation.


Civic engagement means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes. How will you choose to impact your community?

to Change DIRECT SERVICE Civic engagement means giving personal time and energy to address immediate community needs like joining the Parent Teacher Association at your local school, volunteering or doing favors for a neighbor.

On average, Latinos in Colorado

volunteer 42 hours of Colorado per year. 68.7% residents engage in "informal volunteering."

use your voice?

COMMUNITY RESEARCH Civic engagement means exploring a community to learn about its assets and how it is affected by current social problems. Statistics can drive ideas and actions for systemic change. You can participate in community based research, focus groups or forums.

29% of Latinos hold a postsecondary degree. By 2020, 73% of all jobs in Colorado will In Colorado,

require a post-secondary credential.

ASSOCIATION INVOLVEMENT CAPACITY BUILDING Civic engagement means working with the diverse constituencies of a community, building on existing assets to solve problems and make it a better place. This can be done through training, strategy sessions, supporting local community leadership and assessments. Projections can spark ideas for preparation. 

The number of Latinos aged 65 and older is projected to increase

217% by 2040.

Civic engagement means participating in community organizations that develop the social networks that focus on community improvement. There are many in-person and online groups that offer a space to engage. You can join your registered neighborhood organization, affinity groups, meet-ups or chambers.  Connect with Latinos across the state of Colorado by joining our social media app, 

Latino Force.

Data gathered from: Colorado Center on Law & Policy 2016 Report, U.S. Bureau on Labor and Statistics, Georgetown University Center on Education, Colorado Department on Local Affairs, http://cdworkshop.org/, https://data.nationalservice.gov/Volunteering-and-Civic-Engagement/Colorado 


About our Kristen Aguirre joined 9NEWS in September 2017 after being the morning anchor in Flint, Michigan, for three years. While there, Kristen covered national stories like the terrorist attack at Bishop International Airport and the Flint water crisis. Her work, focusing on how the Latino community was impacted by the lead-tainted water, earned her an Emmy nomination. 

SOL AWARDEE Betty Aragon-Mitotes grew up in one of the Tres Colonias neighborhoods of Fort Collins. She has been an advocate for the Latino and working poor communities for the last 25 years. Her work and legacy include organizing community events and political rallies; opening and serving as director of the Museo de las Tres Colonias; forming Mujeres de Colores; serving on an editorial board and writing articles on issues affecting Latinos in Fort Collins; producing “Fort Collins: Choice City for Whom?” a documentary exploring racism in Fort Collins and lending her changemaker voice across stakeholder, committee and City Council meetings.

KEYNOTE Crisanta Duran, Majority Leader of the Colorado House of Representatives, is in her third term representing House District 5 in Central Denver. Representative Duran has been a leader in legislative economic development efforts. In the 2015 and 2016 sessions, she coordinated and marshaled strong bipartisan support for the legislative package known as Colorado Ready to Work. This package included more than a dozen new laws to boost Colorado businesses and train Coloradans for the good-paying, highly skilled jobs the modernizing economy is producing. Representative Duran’s bill extending benefits for unemployed Coloradans while they learn new workforce or entrepreneurial skills was one of the few job bills from either party to make it through the House in 2012. Lindy Eichenbaum Lent joined Rose Community Foundation as president and CEO in November 2017. Previously, she spent nearly nine years as executive director of the Civic Center Conservancy, developing and leading the organization’s nationallyrecognized public-private-nonprofit partnerships to revitalize downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park.

FEATURED Janina E. Fariñas, Ph.D., L.C.P., is the clinical director of La Cocina and assistant professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University. Trained as a pediatric neuropsychologist and a couples and family therapist, Dr. Fariñas’ areas of clinical and research expertise include very early and early childhood stress, toxic stress, adversity and trauma, infant mental health, Latinx psychology, Latinx family studies, Latinx health equity and community mental health. For the past 11 years, Dr. Fariñas has dedicated herself to the development of trauma informed programs benefiting families, women, children and infants.

Jaime Gomez has been COO of Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, Inc. (CHFA) since March 2010 and its deputy executive director since February 2017. He lead CHFA's first commercial lending division encompassing its multifamily and business lending teams, low income housing tax credit allocation program and its Western Slope office.

Julie Gonzales is the policy director for the Meyer Law Office, PC (MLO), where she helps clients, policy makers and the media navigate the intersections of the immigration and criminal justice systems. At the MLO, she supports clients and their families fight against ICE's draconian deportation policies and works to pass and implement proactive policies.

Eric Ishiwata, Ph.D., is an associate professor of ethnic studies at Colorado State University and is working with the community in Fort Morgan, Colorado, to help integrate the influx of East African refugees. Dr. Ishiwata and his students are using a community-based participatory research approach to address cultural differences within their community.

Amy Latham joined The Colorado Health Foundation in 2008, serving in communications, program officer and program director roles before becoming the vice president of philanthropy in December 2015. Amy is passionate about creating opportunities for all Coloradans to live healthy, fulfilling lives.


Speakers Bobby LeFebre is an award-winning writer, performer and cultural worker from Denver, Colorado. He is a two-time Grand Slam champion, a National Poetry Slam finalist, an Individual World Poetry Slam finalist and a two-time TEDx speaker. Bobby has performed at hundreds of cultural events, social actions, detention centers, conferences, colleges and universities.

Melissa Mark Viverito currently serves as vice president for strategic engagement for the Latino Victory Project. She is a Boricua/Latina who served as the Speaker of the New York City Council from 2014 to 2017 as well as council member for the 8th district from 2006 to 2017.

Carlos Martinez is the executive director of the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, an initiative of Rose Community Foundation. In this position, he directs efforts to expand philanthropy by Latinos, supports nonprofit organizations serving the Latino community through grantmaking and oversees special projects.

Rosario Mendoza is originally from Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. Rosario manages a Montbello community-based group, Mujer, Fuerza y Sentimiento, which provides support to women. She also works as a Conectora de Montbello, serving older adults under Latino Age Wave Colorado, an initiative of the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado. 

Adrián Nava is the civic engagement program manager with New Era Colorado. He was born and raised in Colorado and has worked, interned and volunteered with Colorado-based organizations for the last seven years. He is passionate about making democracy and equity accessible to Latinxs and people of color across the state.

Tariana Navas-Nieves is the director of Cultural Affairs for the City and County of Denver. She leads a busy division within Denver Arts & Venues (DAV) and is responsible for the public art program, Create Denver, and programming of the McNichols Building. In January, her job expanded to include stewardship of the Diversity, Inclusiveness and Equity initiative.

Debora Ortega, Ph.D., serves as director of the University of Denver Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship, an interdisciplinary group of faculty members who engage in scholarship, research and service for the benefit of the Latino community. Dr. Ortega also conducts research and teaches courses at the Graduate School of Social Work.

Susana Salamun is the Latino services officer for Alpine Bank. She acts as the strategic and administrative leader of Alpine Bank's ongoing efforts to serve the Hispanic and Latino populations throughout Colorado. Susana was born and raised in Mexico and has lived on the Western Slope of Colorado for the last six years.

KEYNOTE Antonio Villaraigosa is a respected voice in American politics, a prominent policymaker and savvy strategist with a keen understanding of America’s mainstream and emerging communities. He has more than 20 years of leadership experience at the highest levels of state and municipal government as well as business, political, educational and nonprofit organizations. In 2013, Mr. Villaraigosa finished his two terms as mayor of the City of Los Angeles, a city of more than four million residents, after eight years of major strides in transportation, crime reduction, infrastructure, energy and resource sustainability, right‐sizing government, business development and education reform. 

Garland Yates has been a champion of equal rights and justice for all people for 30 years. He is well known for his work in local communities to improve the well-being of residents and the communities by helping poor and working people build the power and capacity to combat poverty, racial bigotry, economic inequality and political indifference.


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Latino Community Foundation of Colorado MISSION To influence and engage Latinos and others to be leaders and philanthropic investors to develop strong and vibrant Latino communities in Colorado. We do this through the following three strategic directions: 

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP Harnessing the community’s human capital to educate, share

Board of Directors Debora Ortega, Ph.D., Board Chair Eric Ishiwata, Ph.D. Adrianna Abarca Antonio Pares Raydean Acevedo Gary Poling   Midy Aponte Gloria M. Schoch Luis Colón Elaine Torres Gay Cook Hollie Velasquez Horvath Mitchell Gonzales

Staff Diana Aldapa-Fonseca, Program Assistant Ryan Ayala, Program Assistant Ashley Cano, Communications and Technology Coordinator Rachel Griego, Vice President of Programs and Initiatives Carlos Martinez, Executive Director Priscilla Montoya Vitello, Director of Evaluation Daniela Young, Program Manager

and disseminate knowledge to influence policy and decisionmaking on critical issues in the Latino community.

COMMUNITY IMPACT Building a philanthropic community that is invested and engaged in the betterment of the Latino community.

PHILANTHROPY

Program Advisors and Consultants Aguilar Public Relations Aurelio Avalos Patricia Barela Rivera Maria Coronado Rosario Mendoza

Cec Ortiz Tony Tapia Angela Tzul Alexis Whitham

Rose Community Foundation Advisors

Investing human and financial resources with local, state and national partners who are committed to supporting innovative and relevant programs that help people reach their full potential.

Therese Ellery, Senior Program Officer, Aging Elsa Holguín, Senior Program Officer,    Child and Family Development Janet Lopez, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, Education

2018 SOUL OF LEADERSHIP SOL RECIPIENT AWARD

Betty WIN Aragon-Mitotes NER SOL

Award

Betty Aragon-Mitotes grew up in one of the Tres Colonias neighborhoods of Fort Collins. She has been an advocate for the Latino and working poor communities for the last 25 years. Her work and legacy include organizing community events, opening and serving as director of the Museo de las Tres Colonias, forming Mujeres de Colores, serving on an editorial board, producing “Fort Collins: Choice City for Whom?” and lending her changemaker voice across stakeholder, committee and City Council meetings. 


The mission of the Latino Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) is to strengthen the knowledge of and appreciation for the extensive artistic expressions of Latinos by preserving and highlighting the culture, history and ongoing contributions. The LCAC's future home will be 2705 W. Colfax Ave. in the Sun Valley neighborhood, just south of Mile High Stadium. Check out our website latinoculturalartscenter-denver.org Make an appointment to visit our gift store, Hijos del Sol, by calling 720.353.2233. Like us on Facebook @lcacdenver


Our Work Strong Latino organizations are essential to strong Latino communities. Through grantmaking, special projects and initiatives, we help build the organizational capacities of Latino-led and -serving organizations so they can achieve their missions. Our investments are responsive, relevant and shape the long-term impact of organizations. They further cultivate leaders who can impart social change through their deep commitment to transforming our communities. Our initiatives, events and programs include:

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2018 Statewide Forum: Denver Program Journal (ENG)  

Annually, the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado (LCFC) conducts a Telling Our Story forum to convene community leaders, policy and dec...

2018 Statewide Forum: Denver Program Journal (ENG)  

Annually, the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado (LCFC) conducts a Telling Our Story forum to convene community leaders, policy and dec...