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Affiliate Digest for January 8, 2020

Wednesday, January 8, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ana Salazar



Affiliate Digest

January 8, 2020


Dear UnidosUS Affiliates,


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
There is Still a Chance to Join Us at the Affiliate of the Year Peer Exchange at MEDA in San Francisco! Hotel Deadline is Tomorrow January 9th  

Last year, UnidosUS proudly presented the Affiliate of the Year Award to Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA). Please join us for a showcase of MEDA’s exemplary model at the UnidosUS Affiliate of the Year Peer Exchange taking place on Thursday, January 23 – 24, 2020. Join us to learn more about MEDA’s multifaceted approach - wwe invite you to register today!  

UnidosUS is working with MEDA to plan a dynamic agenda including an opportunity to explore the Mission District and these important topics:

  • MEDA’s history, impact, and ecosystem approach.
  • Generational wealth-building continuum – a roadmap for supporting families to move from stable, to secure, to thriving.
  • Scaling Latino-led Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) -- community controlled non-displacement capital.
  • Establishing & mobilizing as a 501c4 -- Latino power-building and activation.
  • Leveraging the UnidosUS partnership and much more!

There are still $600 travel stipends available to Affiliates. We invite you to reserve your spot and claim your travel stipend today! Click here to book your hotel room by January 9th to take advantage of our room block rate.

Complimentary Registration for Immigration Training Course for UnidosUS Affiliates

If you have new staff or volunteers who are interested in becoming accredited representatives, they can enroll at no cost in the Comprehensive Overview of Immigration Law (COIL) online 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.  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.

When: The course opens on January 14th and runs through February 28, 2020.  The webinars are 90 minutes each. An overview of the course is available here:

Register here:

In order to register, you will need to create an account by visiting You will have complimentary access to the course by using the following code: Unidos2020


Opportunities and Resources

Latino Empowerment and Advocacy Project (LEAP) – Deadline to Submit Proposals is January 17th

As part of UnidosUS’s 2020 Empowerment Priorities and our ¡Adelante!: Moving Us Forward Campaign, UnidosUS is soliciting proposals for its Latino Empowerment and Advocacy Project (LEAP) to provide support for nonpartisan voter registration and Get-Out-The-Vote to expand Latino electoral participation in 2020. LEAP grantees will work to close voter registration gaps in their communities by integrating non-partisan voter engagement activities into their existing programs from February through December 2020.

Due to funding availability, the program will focus on Affiliates and partners in California, Texas, Florida, Arizona and Pennsylvania. Affiliates and partners in other states are invited to apply. Please note that funds are limited, and an invitation to apply does not guarantee funding. All applications must be received by January 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. 

On December 18, 2019 UnidosUS staff held an informational webinar click here to listen to the recording of the webinar.

Will You Join Us in Vegas this Year for the 2020 UnidosUS Annual Conference?

Join us in Las Vegas for this year’s Annual Conference for an inclusive experience that gathers participants beyond non-profit organizations and community advocates. This year Las Vegas will serve as the meeting ground for thousands of community leaders and activists; elected and appointed officials; members of the corporate, philanthropic, and academic communities; college students; and youth.

We invite you to register today for the 2020 UnidosUS Annual Conference and learn more about how to plan your trip and book your hotel here.

If you do not have your Affiliate ID please head to the Affiliate Portal, sign in to your profile to retrieve your Affiliate ID 

Capital Funds Available Through Raza Development Fund

Raza Development Fund (RDF) has access to approximately $40 million of long-term (7 – 20 years) fixed rate capital to fund community development projects and facilities through the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Bond Guarantee Program (BGP) for projects that can close by September 2020, which can be used to either develop new projects or refinance existing ones. Eligible projects include charter schools, community health clinics, headquarter facilities, and affordable housing projects up to $10 million.

In addition, RDF has $15 million of eligible federal New Market Tax Credit authority for the development of similar projects for projects in underserved states which include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming.  Please contact David Clower or Catherine Kes at RDF directly for additional information.   

WEBINAR: UnidosUS Early Childhood Education Workforce Project: Latina Teachers & the “BA Challenge” 
UnidosUS conducted policy research in Early Childhood Education settings operated by UnidosUS Affiliates to learn more about the working conditions and challenges faced by Latina preschool teachers navigating increasing degree requirements. Through interviews with 26 program administrators, and focus groups with 94 preschool teachers, we obtained in-depth narratives of Latinx voices. Please join this webinar for a discussion of report findings, policy recommendations, and an opportunity for Q&A.

Join us for a webinar on February 25, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. (EST). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Register here!

Join Us In Washington DC for the UnidosUS Changemaker Summit in March 23 – 25, 2020

This March will bring us to Washington D.C. for the UnidosUS Changemakers Summit! Aspiring activists and community leaders who are committed to advocating for Latinos will come together for two days of learning and practicing advocacy skills in Washington, DC. The Summit ends with visits to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress. In an encouraging and collaborative setting, policy experts will share updates on the latest issues affecting Latinos, and attendees will leave with a better understanding of how to advocate for the things that matter to you most.

UnidosUS Affiliate Leaders (CEO/Executive Directors, Affiliate Board Members, and/or Senior Staff) that register for the All-Inclusive registration and whose organizations are in good standing with membership compliance (dues, recertification, and co-branding) may be eligible for a travel stipend. Additionally, UnidosUS organizations may be able to access up to four stipends to bring participants registered for the Youth Session. Please check out the Affiliate Portal stipend page for instructions on requesting a stipend after completing registration.

Learn More About Becoming a  State Lead at the 2020 Changemaker Summit!
 Affiliate representatives have the opportunity to serve as State Leads at the Changemakers Summit working with other members of their state's delegation to lead important meetings with legislative representatives. UnidosUS provides support including:
  • Virtual training via webinar to help you organize your state delegation.
  • UnidosUS issue briefings and resources to schedule your visits.
  • On site preparation at Changemakers summit to prepare participants for legislative visits.

This is a great opportunity to collaborate with folks from your delegations and elevate a unified voice on behalf of the Latino community!

When you register for the UnidosUS Changemaker Summit be sure that your registration includes the Policy and Community Action session, then select that you would like to serve as a State Lead. You can contact Ana Salazar if you have questions.

To learn more go to this site: Become a State Lead!

Happy New Year! Renew Your UnidosUS Membership for 2020
This year is a critical one for our country. Through our partnership, we will significantly move the needle on important issues for the Latinx community. Our unified voices will be a powerful force to continue to defend and advance the interests of Latinos in 2020!

To that end, we ask you to join us in these important efforts by renewing your UnidosUS membership today. Membership dues are now payable through the Affiliate Portal. To access your 2020 dues invoice and make payment, please click here.

For any questions related to your membership, annual dues, or Affiliate Portal, please contact Laura Alfonso, Membership Specialist, at or 202.776.1758.

We count on your partnership and look forward to our partnership in 2020!


Defend and Advance
Weekly Congressional and Legislative Outlook

 We invite you to check out the Congressional and Legislative weekly Outlook for January 6, 2020

UnidosUS Policy Outlook: January 7, 2020

Empowering the Latino Vote. ¡Adelante!, a Campaign to Drive Latino Political Power 

This year will be such an important year for our community as we move forward with our efforts to push full participation of the Latino community by all eligible and registered voters. The ¡Adelante! Campaign will strive to ensure that the 2020 presidential candidates’ platforms reflect the Latino’s vision for the United States, a country focused on the well-being of all Americans. Learn more about the ¡Adelante! Campaign and how you can participate!

2020 Issues Platform: A Roadmap for Stronger Communities and a Stronger America

Blog: ¡Adelante!, our campaign to drive Latino political power

Diversity Act: Higher Education Issue Effecting Latino Teachers and Students

The high cost of college and high levels of loan debt that students must take on in order to train to teach presents a barrier to a well-prepared and diverse teacher workforce. A majority (82%) of Latinos take out federal student loans for training programs, which are increasingly out of reach for low-income, first-generation students of color. One key federal lever for supporting our aspiring Latino teacher candidates is to increase the scholarship amount within TEACH Grant Program as a part of the next reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). This is the federal law that governs our nation’s postsecondary system.

Rep. Chuy García (D – 4th District of Illinois) plans to introduce the DIVERSIFY Act on Thursday. The bill will: (1) increase the maximum TEACH Grant award amount from $4,000 to $8,000 per year and (2) block the automatic yearly cuts to the grant award due to the Budget Control Act.

If your organization is interested in cosponsoring this bill please contact Lanette Garcia ( in Rep. Chuy García’s office.

Additional Documents: Diversity Act, Teach Grant One Pager, Teach Grant Award Amounts

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