Maestra of Ceremonies: Sandra Hernández

Sandra Hernández, Co-Master of Ceremonies
6th Anniversary Celebration

Position: Coordinator of Latinos Unidos Siempre (LUS), staff since 2015
Education: B.A. in Political Science from Willamette University

Sandra took the time to speak with CLI ahead of July 12th’s anniversary event. Here’s what she shared…

How many youth are involved at LUS?

“25 to 100 youth involved throughout the year. It varies by season.”

When did you first learn of CAPACES Leadership Institute?

“I took a tour of CAPACES in 2014. I was amazed to see the CLI Building and the positive spirit in there.”

Do you consider yourself a leader?

“I see myself as a leader that shows others how to accomplish goals through actions rather than by words.” Sandra adds, “Leadership is also about always learning, being humble. Oh and another one is always being open minded and not judgmental to the knowledge that [others] are carrying because that’s their experience.”

What do you think of CAPACES’ efforts in developing youth leadership?

“I think CAPACES has done a good job of creating youth leadership through TURNO. It’s not easy. The culture of youth is changing so quickly, organizations like CAPACES and LUS need to adapt because youth culture changes so quick.”

Where do you see your developing leadership taking you in the next five years?

“I see myself finishing up a Ph.D in Education because higher education is where I see myself. The more I’m involved in social justice work – my heart just keeps going towards education. I really want to become a professor and educate others.”

Is there anything else you would like the CAPACES Network to know?

“I’m really nervous and excited to be MC’ing the event for CAPACES. Oh and you can find LUS on our like page at Latinos Unidos Siempre. We’re very responsive.”

6th Anniversary Celebration

July 12th 2017

Location: CLI – 356 Young Street Woodburn, OR 97071

This is a free event. Join us!

CLI Presents a traveling exhibit: “Architecture of Internment”

(Photo courtesy of Graham Street Productions)

The exhibit will open to the public during our 6th Anniversary Event on July 12th.

CAPACES invites you to reflect on the history of Internment and the “role of Oregonians in the decision to incarcerate Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants” (during WWII).

For more information about the traveling exhibit visit:
Graham Street Productions

Meet Yadira our 6th Anniversary M.C.

We know the current political climate affects people in different ways. Many of us in the social justice movement have expressed feelings of fear, anger, and anxiety. However, despite hard times we want to share that our excitement has not diminished. July 12th marks our 6th Anniversary and we want you to celebrate with us!

At the CLI, we help foster the leadership who will navigate our immigrant community through the xenophobic and hate filled landscape. Yadira Juarez is a wonderful example. A first-generation immigrant, former farmworker, and mother of three children, she exemplifies the type of leaders we help develop. Yadira has been involved in the CAPACES Network even before our non-profit organization status was official. Since 2013, Yadira has worked with the Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality as the Early Learning Program Director. Previous to that role she was employed by FHDC in the “Leyendo Juntos” program.

Embracing leadership in difficult times is not easy. Yadira states that for others leadership comes naturally. But admits that for her it’s taken a lot of effort getting over her fears. Yadira shares, “I understand the fear of our immigrant and farmworker community because I once had the same fear.” However, through CAPACES’ political education and gender justice trainings, she says, “I lost the fear, and I felt able to speak.”

Yadira has accepted to participate as our 6th Anniversary Master of Ceremonies. She views her role on stage as yet another step in her development as a leader. “I never imagined I would go from being a farmworker to being an M.C.” Yadira expresses gratitude toward all the non-profit organizations, including CAPACES, who have opened their doors, guided her, and helped her develop the talents she never knew she had.

The community needs more leaders like Yadira. CAPACES has the capacity to share informational resources to the community. From gender justice, to youth development, and political education, but we need financial support in developing these leaders that will represent our communities.

Can we count on your support to continue making this happen?

If you are unable to attend to hear Yadira speak at our 6th anniversary celebration on July 12th 2017 but would like to support CAPACES’ leadership programs please donate online today:

In solidarity,

Laura Isiordia and the team at CAPACES Leadership Institute