LatinxEd Fellowship

The application for the 2022 LatinxEd Fellowship cohort is now closed.

Over this six-month immersive learning opportunity, Fellows will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to participate in education advocacy and gain leadership experience as practitioners. While remaining in their field or profession, Fellows will receive ongoing leadership coaching and strategic communications support, alongside access to key educational leaders in North Carolina. Upon completion of the fellowship, each Fellow will receive a $1,000 stipend for their engagement and feedback.

At LatinxEd, we believe that those closest to the problem are closest to the solution. However, many of the unique barriers to opportunity facing Latinx families in North Carolina go largely undiscussed at decision-making tables when planning local and state investments and policy-making. There are persistent gaps in the process that prevent these strategic planning processes from being truly representative of the changing face of this state – specifically, a lack of representation of Latinx educators, non-profit, and community leaders. These leaders have first-hand knowledge of the educational challenges and opportunities facing this growing community.

With the support of the John M. Belk Endowment, LatinxEd seeks to build a trusted network of Latinx education leaders with a shared vision and desire to work together to create a more inclusive and equitable education system in North Carolina. To facilitate these leaders’ continued professional development and lift up their voices to a statewide platform, LatinxEd launched the LatinxEd Fellowship. The 2022 cohort will include a total of 15 fellows who are ready to take the next step in their leadership journey and join LatinxEd in advocating on behalf of the Latinx community.

Through this fellowship experience, emerging Latinx education leaders will gain:

+ Professional development on skills such as media training and general strategic communications around storytelling, awareness of governing education bodies, and an opportunity to learn leadership frameworks to help individuals and organizations adapt to challenging environments.

+ A deeper understanding of the current landscape of educational initiatives across the state focused on education equity in North Carolina; and

+ A community of support that will lift up their voice on Latinx education issues that matter to them by serving as vehicles that amplify their message and work across the state.

As a part of this fellowship, fellows will be committed to the following:

+ Attend three Fellowship Retreats and Latinx Education Summit*;
+ Engage in virtual training workshops, webinars, coaching, and community Zoom calls;
+ Participate in education panel discussions and informal cafecito events for external audiences;
+ Contribute to a 2022 Fellowship cohort video regarding their views on the challenges and opportunities in advancing Latinx student success in North Carolina;
+ Become active members in LatinxEd’s new network of education leaders, a group of Latinx community members interested in participating in education efforts at the local and state level.

*Any in-person events or interactions will be following COVID-19 safety protocols.

Our Ideal Fellow is…

+ Committed to LatinxEd’s mission, vision, and beliefs.
+ Has working knowledge and personal experience related to positive racial/ethnic identity development for Latinx families in the rural South
+ Actively working at an organization or part of an initiative that is actively working to advance access to opportunity in NC
+ Strategic thinker adept at solving problems, overcoming obstacles, and adapting to achieve desired outcomes in a rapidly changing environment.
+ Effective communicator with strong interpersonal skills
+ Latino/a/x or Hispanic
+ Over 20 years of age
+ Residents of North Carolina*

*U.S. citizenship is not required. 

For our 2022 cohort, we are selecting fellows from the Northeast, South Central, Southeast, and Southwest Regions.


March 28th: Applications Open
April 8th: Priority Deadline
May 1st: Final Application Deadline
May 10th-12th: Semi-Finalist Interviews*
May 27th: Finalist Decisions
June 6th: Candidate Announcement
June 13th-14th: Kickoff Retreat (In-Person/Charlotte)
June 21st-July 21st: Weekly Virtual Workshops
July 21st-22nd: Summer Wrap-Up Retreat (In-Person/TBA)
August – October: Strategic Storytelling + Coaching Sessions
September 13th: Storytelling Workshop/Fellowship Reunion (In-Person/Location TBA)
September 14th-15th: Latinx Education Summit
October 27th-28th: Closing Retreat (In-Person/Location TBA)

*Interview invitations distributed on a rolling basis.
**Any in-person events or interactions will be following COVID-19 safety protocols.


The final application deadline is May 1st, 2022. The application consists of general applicant information, open-ended responses, and other documentation that best represents your qualifications. 


What is next after the fellowship?
LatinxEd recognizes that it takes a village to create sustainable change. The 2022 cohort is one of many, and they will be the beginning of a network of education leaders eager to impact Latinx education across the state.

Do I need to be able to speak Spanish?

If I do not live in the 2022 cohort regions, should I still apply?
While you aren’t eligible for this first cohort, please fill out this form so we can invite you to apply next year.

If you would like to nominate a candidate for consideration, please contact me at I’m also happy to help if you have any questions or need additional time to fill out the application. Schedule a brief meeting with me here!
Mirella Cisneros Perez

Community Impact Manager, LatinxEd

Fellows: Class of 2022

Andrea Freile

> Ecuador

Andrea Garrido Lecca

> Peru

Angel Garcia

> Nicaragua

Carmen Serrata

> México

Emily Francis

> Guatemala

Erika Nassar

> Honduras of Palestinian Descent

Erika Reynoso

> El Salvador

Gricelda de la Cruz

> México

Isaí Robledo

> México

Jatnna Acosta

> Dominican Republic

Marjorie Campo Ringler

> Colombia

Mauricio Restrepo

> Colombia

Monica Thomas

> Panama

Veronica Tapia

> México

Wendolyn Fernandez

> Dominican Republic

Fellows: Class of 2021

Amanda Huber Lopera

> Colombia

Barbie Garayúa-Tudryn

> Puerto Rico

Byron Tenesaca Guaman

> Ecuador

Christian Walter

> Argentina

Elmer Orellana

> El Salvador

Flor Herrera-Picasso

> México

Jose Perez

> México

Juana Hernández-Lira

> México

María Hofman Hernández

> El Salvador

Marisa Gonzalez

> México

Meytal Barak

> Venezuela, Nicaragua

Selina Lopez

> México

Victoria Crouse

> México

Yolanda Adams

> Colombia

Yuliana Rodriguez

> México