De Mujer a Mujer: Latina Assistance Program (LAP) focuses on providing academic support to increase the retention and graduation rates of Latinas on campus by offering programs, activities and leadership opportunities that foster self-confidence, self-awareness and self-esteem. The LAP meets every Wednesday, starting Sept. 7th.
Over the years, De Mujer a Mujer has created opportunities for Latina college students to enhance their leadership skills. For example, through the establishment of an executive board, Latinas are able to take on roles that contribute to the program and their student career success. This year’s executive board members are: Christine Diaz Luna, Guadalupe Barragan and Abigail “Abby” Vidal. All these students were interviewed for their respective roles and encompass the essence of Latina empowerment.
The new LRC student coordinator for the program is Priscilla Montes, a senior majoring in Family and Child Studies. Priscilla is certified in Infant, Child and Adult CPR and First Aid. She currently serves as a Direct Support Person (DSP) at Opportunity House, where she helps to assist individuals with intellectual disabilities learn skills on how to live more independently.
For Priscilla, De Mujer a Mujer was the “push” she needed, “It pushed me mentally, emotionally and academically. It pushed me to grow into the leader I am today.”
Every spring, De Mujer a Mujer hosts an annual Women’s Empowerment Conference. In April, it hosted its fifth Annual Women’s Empowerment Conference, where executive board members assisted with planning and organizing the event. The conference focused on encouraging participants to build confidence, discover their voice, express themselves and make wise decisions. The event featured informative and inspirational workshops, guest speakers, as well as panels led by female leaders on topics such as leadership, cultural identity, mental health/wellness and student career success.
Students are encouraged to attend the weekly meetings held on Wednesdays at the Latino Center. The first meeting will be on Wednesday, Sept. 7th, from 5 – 6 p.m. in the Latino Center. For more information, contact Angélica Mendoza, assistant director of the Latino Resource Center at 815-753-8645 or [email protected]. You can also “like” our De Mujer a Mujer Facebook page to obtain more details at facebook.com/demujeramujerniu.