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Affiliate Digest for March 26, 2019

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Affiliate Digest 

March 26, 2019



Below you will find the UnidosUS Affiliate Digest, a weekly newsletter that highlights events,updates, and resources. 

We encourage you to share information on upcoming 

activities or successes at your organization to include in the Digest.

This issue includes:

UnidosUS Updates and Events


We are Excited to Have You in Washington DC This Week! Use #ChangeMakers19 to Highlights Your Experience on Social Media!

This year’s Changemakers Summit brings over 300 participants representing 79 Affiliate organizations, nearly half of which are Future Changemakers, from across the country who are committed to advocating for the Latino community. Over the next few days participants will learn and practice advocacy in an encouraging and collaborative setting.

Featured sessions:

Affiliate Leadership Sessions

The Census and Redistricting—Keys to Latino Political Empowerment: Join us for this exclusive conversation for Affiliate leaders to connect as we continue to work towards building our voice and strategies for the 2020 Census and presidential election. Angela M. Manso, Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, NALEO Educational Fund, UnidosUS Affiliates, and other experts in the field will discuss important 2020 Census milestones and what community leaders can do to ensure a fair and accurate count.

Our Stories, Our Power

A youth-led storytelling session will give participating youth the resources needed to leverage their personal stories for policy change. Participating youth will craft their personal story as it relates to one of the Policy 

Training issue areas—education, economic equity, and health policies—and will have the opportunity to leverage their personal advocating story during the meetings with their respective representatives scheduled on Wednesday, March 27. This session will be led by UnidosUS Affiliate El Pueblo Youth Council.

Networking the Samurai Way

This interactive workshop will touch upon the elements that will help you build confidence for in-person networking that leads to win-win relationship-building to find long-term champions for you and your organization, including mentors. This workshop will be led by Minué Yoshida, a public speaker and personal coaching expert with the mission of empowering others to learn the skills needed to network the Samurai Way.

Policy Training Session

UnidosUS policy experts will guide attendees through the intricacies of education, economic equity, and health policies that impact our community in a big way. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of the issues Latinos care about and how to advocate for these issue with their local representatives during the Hill Visits scheduled for Wednesday, March 27.

 You can join us live on Facebook!
Please Share Your Thoughts on UnidosUS’s Strategy Development – Deadline April 8, 2019 

Earlier in the year, the Affiliate ad hoc Committee of the UnidosUS Board of Directors and the UnidosUS Team hosted a webinar wherein we shared the development of UnidosUS’s strategy that will guide our work over the coming years. In an effort to get more detailed feedback from Affiliate leaders about our strategy refinement, the adhoc committee of the board developed an Affiliate Questionnaire designed to give you an opportunity to share specifics about your successes and challenges.  Please take 45-60 minutes to take this questionnaire so that we can effectively shape our strategy in a way that leverages the UnidosUS-Affiliate Partnership. Please complete the questionnaire before April 8, 2019. All affiliates who complete the questionnaire will be eligible to receive one of three UnidosUS 2019 Annual Conference Registrations (randomly chosen from those who respond).

To help you prepare answer in advance, you can access a PDF version of the questionnaire here. Please send any questions or comments to Andrea Sabillon at   

Save the Date for the Affiliate of the Year Peer Exchange hosted by PODER! April 30, 2019 - May 1, 2019

At the 2018 Annual Conference, UnidosUS proudly presented the Affiliate of the Year Award to PODER. Please join us for a showcase of PODER’s exemplary model at the UnidosUS Affiliate of the Year Peer Exchange in Chicago happening Tuesday April 30 – Wednesday May 1, 2019. With a focus on immigrant integration best practices, this year’s Peer Exchange will feature sessions on leadership development, collaborative partnerships, marketing and communication, and technology innovation.  A limited amount of travel stipends area available to Affiliates traveling outside Chicago.  Reserve Your Spot Today!


Opportunities and Resources

Join UnidosUS and Protect SNAP TODAY!  Deadline Approaching for Public Comment Period, April 2, 2019

Last year, many of you took action to fight for a Farm Bill that included protecting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Because of you, over 40 million Americans, including 10 million Latinos, will be able to put food on the table and make ends meet.

But the fight to protect SNAP is not over.

On February 1, the Trump Administration via the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), proposed a rule change that would impose harsher time limits to SNAP recipients and cut $15 billion in SNAP benefits over ten years. The proposed rule would dramatically weaken SNAP and threaten food access for 755,000 low-income people. 

We need your voice to protect SNAP! Here’s what you can do:

Submit a public comment at by Tuesday, April 2nd and tell the Trump Administration how much SNAP means to our community. The government is required to read, count, review, and consider all public feedback before issuing a final rule.

UnidosUS can provide you with a template comment that you and your organization can edit to tell your own story about why protecting SNAP is important to you and your community. Please reach out to Alberto Gonzalez at if you would like a template or have any questions.

Share the UnidosUS Affiliation Application with Partners – Deadline to Submit is April 19th

Do you partner with organizations that may be interested in being a part of the UnidosUS Affiliate Network? We invite you to share the UnidosUS Affiliation application with those interested! The Affiliation application cycle is currently open! You may share the  “Affiliation Eligibility Wizard”  with organizations to determine if they are eligible for Affiliation with UnidosUS. The next application deadline is April 19, 2019.

Read our Affiliation Flyer for more details on the UnidosUS network, to access and complete the Affiliation application for this cycle please click here.

Join Us at Annual Conference in San Diego

We remind you that you can still join us at this year’s 2019 Annual Conference in sunny San Diego, California! Our Conference will be held at the San Diego Convention Center from August 3-6, 2019. This convening will be the site of innovative workshops, thought-provoking plenary sessions, and give attendees the chance to hear from leaders across industries.

The 2019 UnidosUS Annual Conference in San Diego is fast approaching! We are looking forward to being at the San Diego Convention Center on August 3-6, 2019. You can visit the Conference website today for more information!

Read more Registration Information via this link. You will need your Affiliate ID number; each Executive Director and CEO can log into the UnidosUS Affiliate Portal to access their Affiliate ID. If you buy 10 registrations, your 11th is free.

Informed Immigrant - Guide for Temporary Status Holders (TPS)

Learn more about the announcement of Department of Homeland Security’s announcement of an extension of TPS until January 2, 2020 for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. However, TPS recipients from these and other countries not included the lawsuit still face great uncertainty. Protect yourself and your community. Informed Immigrant, Undocublack, Working Families United and other contributors have the latest guidance for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders. Stay informed.


Resources include a guide with Frequently Asked Questions in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole and Arabic, as well as a TPS Resource Library with fact sheets and information from more than ten organizations, including UNIDOSUS.


The resources can be accessed at and


CLICK HERE FOR OUR SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLKIT You can also share Informed Immigrant’s Facebook post.

Host a Public Lifestyle Coach Training in Your Community


The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), as part of a collaboration with UnidosUS, is offering an opportunity for UnidosUS Affiliates to serve as a host of a public AADE lifestyle coach training (English or Spanish). Organizations located in California, Illinois, Texas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Arizona are encouraged to apply. For more information about this opportunity click here or email at

Complimentary Registration to Overview of Immigration Law Course Offered by CLINIC

As an UnidosUS Affiliate, you have free access to an intensive six-week e-learning course that provides immigration law advocates and new practitioners with an overview of core immigration law concepts and the practice skills necessary to be an effective advocate. This course is a great way to quickly learn the fundamentals of immigration law necessary to be an effective practitioner and establish the training background to support an application for the non-attorney immigration law credential called Department of Justice Recognition and Accreditation. 

Who: Staff or volunteers of UnidosUS Affiliates interested in providing immigration legal services. This course is appropriate for the aspiring or new practitioner who is prepared to make the time commitment required to fully participate in this course and complete its requirements.

What: This course has an accelerated pace, including two 90-minute webinars each week, as well as self-directed learning activities to support each course unit. Overall, a course participant should expect to spend between eight and ten hours each week to attend or listen to recordings of the weekly webinars and complete the corresponding course activities.  

When: The course opens on April 1st and runs through May 16th.  The webinars are 90 minutes each. Schedule and course outline are available by clicking here!

Where: The course consists of live webinars and a set of self-directed activities, which include readings, exercises and a quiz. The webinars will be recorded, allowing students the flexibility to work the course into their busy schedules.

Register here:

To register, you will need to create an account by visiting You will have free access to the course by using the following code: UnidosTraining2019

Census Funding Opportunity: New Venture Fund’s 2020 Census Project

We would like to let you know of an opportunity to submit a request for proposal for the New Venture Fund’s 2020 Census Project. This is an initiative of the Democracy Funders Collaborative Census Subgroup. The Census Equity Fund will support state and regional efforts to prepare for and conduct outreach to encourage full participation in the 2020 census, with a focus on historically undercounted populations. 

The Fund will accept proposals from state or regional funder, nonprofit or multi-sector collaboratives as well as from individual funders and nonprofits.

You may access PDF version of Request for Proposal here. Proposals are due on April 8, 2019 and decision will be announced by June 14, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Dominguez-Arms, consultant to the Census Subgroup, at



Defend and Advance

Weekly Congressional and Legislative Outlook 

You can find this week’s legislative outlook below, here is what you can look out for this week!

Congressional and Legislative Weekly Outlook for March 25, 2019

Report: Latinos and the Great Recession - 10 Years of Economic Loss and Recovery

We invite you to read: Latinos and the Great Recession - 10 Years of Economic  Loss and Recovery. Policies aimed at supporting working families in the last decade have enabled communities across the county to rebuild their lives after the economic downturn of the Great Recession. This analysis focuses on select demographic and economic well-being indicators—including employment and job quality, housing, health and nutrition, wealth and income—to understand how Latinos have fared in the decade since the recession.

Affiliate in the News
Affiliate Voices Featured on a Podcast Series on Community Wellness in Chicago

We invite you to read a blog about the first of a series of podcasts highlighting Saint Anthony Hospital’s Collaborative for Community Wellness in Chicago where three of UnidosUS affiliates – Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Mujeres in Acción and Erie Neighborhood House – are working in partnership.  These podcasts and upcoming community snapshot videos aim to highlight the American Hospital Association (AHA) and UnidosUS Alliance.  Read more and access the podcast here: Shaping the future of health care to reflect needs of our communities 

Has Your Organization Joined Cobranding Efforts?

Affiliates have joined our cobranding efforts by placing the UnidosUS Affiliate logo on websites, business cards, letterhead, and more. Our Affiliates, Erie neighborhood House and Hispanic Women’s network of Texas are highlighting the partnership through blurbs on the partners tab of their websites. If your organization is participating in cobranding efforts at your sites, let us know! 

We are also able to send the UnidosUS Affiliate decal to be displayed in windows if you do not already have one. To request decals, or for questions on cobranding, please contact Julia DeNamur at

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