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Affiliate Digest for April 17, 2019

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Posted by: Ana Salazar

Affiliate Digest

April 10, 2019



Below you will find the UnidosUS Affiliate Digest, a weekly

 newsletter that highlights events,updates, and resources. 

 We encourage you to share information onupcoming activities or successes at your organization to include in the Digest.

This issue includes:

UnidosUS Updates and Events


Join Us in Chicago for the Affiliate of the Year Peer Exchange hosted by PODER!  

There is still time to 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, resource development, the digital divide and more!

For your travel planning, please arrive Monday evening and we will wrap-up by 1:00pm at the latest on Wednesday. Please review the agenda for further details here! There are still travel stipends of up to $500 available to Affiliates traveling outside Chicago.  Reserve Your Spot Today!

As part of the celebration, your registration includes attending the Community Reception happening Tuesday April 30 at 5:00pm. 


Affiliate of the Year Program is Open! – Informational Webinar: Friday, April 19 at 3pm EST 

The UnidosUS Affiliate of the Year Request for Proposals is now open! Applications are due May 10, 2019 via the online form.  You can review a PDF version of the RFP here!

Now in its 37th year, the UnidosUS Affiliate of the year award will recognize a community-based organization whose partnership with UnidosUS has helped empower Latinos to achieve positive and meaningful change in their community. You can also join an informational webinar on Friday April 19 at 3:00pm EST to learn more.

National Affiliate of the Year

One organization that exemplifies the mission of UnidosUS through demonstrated commitment to the two-way Affiliate and UnidosUS partnership, will be designated the 2019 UnidosUS Affiliate of the Year. The winning organization will receive a cash prize of $25,000 and will be recognized during the 2019 UnidosUS Awards Gala in San Diego, California. The organization will be highlighted via a legacy video and will have an opportunity to provide a brief speech during the awards gala. The organization will also play host to the UnidosUS Affiliate Peer Exchange on 2020 – a convening of Affiliates for a two-day exchange of program and management best-practices.  Additional terms and conditions will be outlined via a sub-grant agreement.

Regional Affiliate of the Year

Five organizations will be designated Regional Affiliate of the Year for their respective regions. The winning organizations will each receive a cash prize of $5,000 and will be recognized during the 2019 UnidosUS Conference.

Please direct any question about the Affiliate of the Year Application to Ana Salazar

This Year’s Annual Conference is San Diego, California! Have You Registered?  

Join us in San Diego Convention Center from August 3-6, 2019 for the 2019 UnidosUS Annual Conference. This convening will be the site of innovative workshops, thought-provoking plenary sessions, and give attendees the chance to hear from leaders across industries. You can visit the conference website today for more information!

Affiliate Registration rate is  $375 now until May 31, 2019!

Opportunities and Resources

UnidosUS Avanzando Through College 2019-2020 Request for Proposals is Live on Fluxx!

We encourage you to complete an application for the 2019-2020 Avanzando Through College RFP using FLUXX starting today. This RFP cycle will be open to non-affiliates and we invite institutions of higher education to apply.

A total of 5-9 sites will be selected to receive a subgrant of $10,000 to serve a cohort of minimum 30 students (who will receive a program stipend of $500 for education expenses if they complete the program), beginning in the fall semester of the upcoming academic year and carrying the same students through the spring semester. The 12-month grant period includes time for planning, facilitator training, recruitment, selection, implementation, and reporting.

All applications must be submitted on-line via FLUXX. For questions about FLUXX, please contact Rebeca Shackleford, Manager of Data and Impact.

This RFP cycle will be open to non-affiliates and we invite institutions of higher education to apply. An informational webinar will be hosted on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 12 pm PST. Click here to register!

DEADLINE: The final deadline to submit your RFP is Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by 11:59 pm PST. A PDF Version of the RFP can be found here.

For questions regarding the Avanzando Through College RFP, please contact Leticia Hart, Senior Program Manager for Higher Education.  

Submit Your Receipts for Stipend Reimbursements Deadline is April 26, 2019

We remind you that if you were awarded a travel stipend to join us at the Changemakers Summit last month you must submit your receipt by April 26, 2019. Send your receipts to Julia DeNamur at

For Future Changemakers awards, please send your receipts to Laura Alfonso at

Early Bird Registration for the Workforce Development Forum is Now Open! 

We invite you to join us in Los Angeles, California this November 19th and 20th for UnidosUS’s 2019 Workforce Development Forum: Latinos @ Work: Developing Talent for Today and Tomorrow.

Early Bird Registration is now open. Register by June 15th to take advantage of this great deal!


Defend and Advance
UnidosUS Leads a Lobby Day in Florida State Capitol for Native Language Assessments 

UnidosUS Affiliates and staff joined forces to attend a lobby day in Florida’s State Capitol. Advocating for native language assessments are a low-cost opportunity for improving student outcomes, UnidosUS and allies advocated for that on these visits. As Florida’s population continues to represent a broader and broader cross section of the U.S population is it vital that Affiliate partners and UnidosUS commit to advocate for English Learners.

Check out Progress Report's UnidosUS Leads a Lobby Day in Florida State Capitol for Native Language Assessments written by Julianne Gage, UnidosUS Senior Web Content Manager. 

 Learn About the Guide for Temporary Status Holders (TPS) from Informed Immigrant
The 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 in 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 THE SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLKIT You can also share Informed Immigrant’s Facebook post.

 Affiliates in the News
Affiliate Leader, Hilda Rosario Escher Strong Leadership Placed Latinos on the Map

We invite you to read the first blog post of a series highlighting our Affiliate leaders. Hilda Rosario Escher, former President and CEO of UnidosUS Affiliate Ibero American Action League, has placed Latinos in Rochester, New York, on the map, with her unapologetic work to elevate our community, her fearless attitude to get what our community needs, and her strong commitment to improve Latino lives. Last Year Ibero American Action League was named 2018 UnidosUS Northeast Affiliate of the Year.

You can read blog: "Ibero was my life for over 30 years" here!

Hilda Rosario Escher (Photo courtesy of the Ibero American Action League) 
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