IALAS President Álvarez's Message

September 2022

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Dear IALAS Familia,

Thank you for being part of IALAS another school year and being part of an organization that is about unifying and cultivating educational leaders, serving Latinx communities, for the purpose of promoting equity & empowering all students. We value you as a member y como familia!

We enter September excited to celebrate Latino Heritage Month. We celebrate Latinos this month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Latino American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. We start celebrations on September 15. This date is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Celebrations conclude on October 15, 2022. We also celebrate Mexican Independence day on September 16, 2022. On this day Mexicans and Mexican-Americans celebrate Mexico's declaration of independence from Spain in 1810. This month is filled with national pride to honor our ancestry and what Latinos bring and continue to contribute to the United States of America. This is a great time to review your current curriculum and see who is included and should be added when teaching American history. For me the Latino of the year is Bad Bunny and how he has influenced not only the music industry but American culture all together with his music and fashion which defy gender norms. He truly paved the way for further inclusivity and acceptance for all. His uniqueness emulates this generation's custom-made individuality and Latin pride and his influence is found everywhere in our classrooms.

We have our upcoming Fall Mixer coming on October 22, 2022. We will send information to register. Part of getting self-care is socializing with your IALAS familia. You don't want to miss out. Please be on the look out for registration. In meantime, save the date.

Finally, we are excited to introduce two IALAS board members. Francela Lopez and Nicholas Guerrero!! Francela is our new Secretary II and Nicholas joins as our Member-at-Large. We are finally complete.

IALAS 2022 Fall Mixer

Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 6-8pm


IALAS Fall Mixer information to follow.

ALAS Book Chat

Thank you to those that registered for the upcoming book chat, You Talk Like a White Girl, by Julissa Arce. This book chat will be facilitated by State Affiliate Presidents. It has been postponed until after the ALAS National Conference being held on Oct 5, 2022. More to come. That means you are not late and able to participate after the conference. Make sure to purchase your book!

Congratulations to Yassi Delgado, Ania Figueroa, Nurys Uceta-Ramos, Dr. Bill Truesdale, Dr. Olimpia Bahena, Denise M. Gamble, Juan Corona, Dr. Minerva Garcia-Sanchez, Linda Trevino-Garcia and Alma Tamayo who were our first 10 people to register to get the free book from IALAS.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

This is a time to raise awareness of this stigmatized, and sensitive topic. This month is about hope as well as making sure we spread the word on how to prevent losing a precious life. Make this month a goal to ensure that individuals, friends, students, families or perhaps yourself have access to the resources needed to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help. IALAS is partnered with Care Solace where their goal is to ensure communities can access reliable, ethical and high-quality mental health care services – no matter the circumstances. You can find them at https://www.caresolace.org/. Dial 988 for the suicide and crisis lifeline.

IALAS Board Meeting

Monday, Sep. 19th, 4:30pm

This is an online event.

Please check our IALAS website and link will be sent via email.

Latino Leadership Pipeline

IALAS partners with the Latino Leadership Pipeline (LLP). LLP began several years ago with one goal: to develop the next level of Latino Leaders ready to take on leadership roles in schools, districts, and across the state. Our cohort model is built around monthly Saturday morning workshops that explore the intersection of Latino identity, commitment to education, and a call to leadership.

LLP is forming their SY23 cohort now, and they are extending a special invitation to IALAS members. To start the process, or simply learn more, please complete this short interest form.

As always, thank you for all you do. Continue to spread your IALAS wings as anti-racist, equitable, educational leaders. We look forward to seeing you virtually or in-person in the coming months.


Elizabeth Álvarez, Ph.D.

IALAS President

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