#SomosNC Statewide Listening Tour

We believe that those closest to the problem are closest to the solution. This belief is what fuels LatinxEd’s Statewide Listening Tour – #SomosNC! During this year-long initiative, we’ll be traveling your way to sit down with you and other community members to learn more about nuestra comunidad, as well as the dreams y’all have for our Latinx families.

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 support from the John M. Belk Endowment, LatinxEd is excited to announce the launch of the #SomosNC — We Are NC — Listening Tour to amplify Latinx stories that lift up the challenges and opportunities we face statewide when it comes to advancing Latinx student success.

LatinxEd looks to:

  1. identify barriers and opportunities to providing a sound, high quality education for every Latinx student in North Carolina,
  2. learn about promising programs and practices from educators and community leaders serving Latinx families, and
  3. engage with Latinx families to learn from their educational experiences and amplify their stories.

For each stop, there will be:

 

  1. Interviews with education leaders
  2. Interviews with Latinx-serving organizations
  3. Roundtables with students, caregivers, & educators
  4. Virtual town hall

LISTENING TOUR TIMELINE

October 2021: stop #1 – North Central region
December 2021: stop #2 – Piedmont Triad region
February 2022: stop #3 – Northwest region
March 2022: stop #4 – Western region
April 2022: stop #5 – Southwest region
May 2022: stop #6 – South Central region
June 2022: stop #7 – Southeast region
July 2022: stop #8 – Northeast region

Want To Be Part of our #SomosNC Tour?

We believe that you have a lot to contribute to the conversation! Your voice is invaluable to LatinxEd’s mission of investing in Latinx leadership and expanding educational equity in North Carolina.

Currently, we are touring the Piedmont Triad Region! You can sign up on behalf of your organization or yourself in the following links to participate in our roundtables or virtual townhalls. Share with others in your community who you think would be interested! We hope to see you on our #SomosNC Listening Tour!

If you have any questions about the #SomosNC Statewide Listening Tour, please sign up for a brief one-on-one conversation with me to learn more about the #SomosNC Listening Tour or contact me at zamantha@latinxed.org

Zamantha Granados

Community Organizer, LatinxEd

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“I don’t think the answers are difficult to find or out of reach. The people who have been doing this labor, caring for and supporting our Latinx community, have been worrying about their children for generations. They have been telling us the answers, we just have to listen.”

Augusto Peña