La Lucha: The Struggle for One Day

La Lucha: The Struggle for One Day

Session from Teach For America's 25th Summit - La Lucha: The Struggle for One Day

On February 6, 2016, President of the Cisneros Center, Nicolas Perilla, spoke on a panel at Teach for America's 25th Anniversary summit on the importance of Latino leadership. The panel was moderated by NPR's Maria Hinojosa and featured the eminent Alejandra Ceja of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and Sarita Brown of Excelencia in Education.

Nicolas Perilla is an alum of Teach for America in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. He was joined on the panel by fellow TFA alumni Pablo Villavicencio, Tony Vargas, Icela Pelayo, and Veronica Palmer.

You can watch the full panel here:

"Latinos are the largest and fastest growing “minority” group in the United States. The future of Latinos is inextricably bound up with our nation’s future. For generations, Latino families have been fighting for excellent educational opportunities. While each family and each student is unique – and there are many rich heritages that make up the category “Latino”- the Latino community boasts strong traditions in family, community, and a commitment to education. Latinos also face institutional and individual racism, policies that prevent the use of a student’s heritage language or the teaching of critical consciousness, and the challenges of living undocumented.

All of us have a responsibility to understand the role we must play in advocating for excellence and equity for the growing Latino community in America today."

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