Check Out These Latinx Professional Organizations

When you join professional organizations, you gain access to an expansive network, exclusive learning engagements, and more. In addition, a membership looks great on your résumé. If you’re Latinx or work for an organization serving this population, consider joining an organization that incorporates this into its purpose. Check out a few amazing Latinx networks we found.

 

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

This award-winning nonprofit has been in place since 1987 and was established by the Whitehouse to support “Latino leaders in the classroom, community, and workforce.” If you’re seeking work as a teacher or in the nonprofit sector, this is an excellent network to consider. And be sure to check out their available grants and specific initiatives, such as the “Empowering Latinas” for serious inspiration.

 

UnidosUS

Formerly known as NCLR – National Council for La Raza, UnidosUS is an exceptional organization of professionals who focus on civic engagement, civil rights, immigration, education, economic issues, and health. And when you join, you’ll be part of a network of over 300 national affiliates!

 

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement 

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement works to fight for the Latino workforce by taking up advocacy on issues such as economic justice, immigration, and the environment. Your membership supports the council in these efforts.

 

NALEO Educational Fund

Founded in 1981, NALEO Educational Fund works to advance Latino policymakers and mobilize the Latino community in civics. Membership provides you access to a network of Latino political officials and community leaders. Additionally, you’ll have access to professional development seminars, newsletters, and more.

 

US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

This massive professional organization works to connect corporate America with Hispanic owned firms through a variety of initiatives. If you’re a business owner, consider joining a local chamber where you’ll have access to grants, free educational programs, and more.

 

A Note About Fees

Many memberships come with yearly dues. However, this often means you’ll get access to discounts on special events, access to exclusive webinars, and more. Many organizations offer free or discounted membership options for students. If you’re not a student, consider asking your employer if they would be willing to cover or split the cost. Many employers budget for this and would be glad to hear how your membership would benefit the company. You may also be able to apply for scholarships for memberships or events – it’s always worth the ask!

By Thomas Guzowski, U of R Employee
Thomas Guzowski, U of R Employee Assistant Director of Marketing Thomas Guzowski, U of R Employee