Roots & Wings: LLAA’s 10 Year Anniversary Gala

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
​6pm to 12am
Room 1520
1520 W Fulton Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607-1004

We have been building for 10 years. From picnics, panels and Soirees to Scholarships and Galas. It is time to reflect on the roots we’ve ​established ​to give flight under our wings. Let us give tribute to our past speakers and board members that have laid the foundation to a new vision. Members growing their self worth. That worth giving power to our impact locally, nationally, and internationally.

Give it up to…US!

​This years keynote speaker representing wings in our theme this year is Cristina Pacione Zayas who led an effort through the Puerto Rican Agenda to ​organize relief efforts. She literally would be on the phone with people who could commit their planes, pallets, and resource and fly them to Puerto Rico. She lays out policy agendas that demand a fundamental respect for the early childhood in the name of equity. Not to mention that UIUC in her alma mater for her BA, MS, and PhD.

Sylivia Puente was a student activist in the 70s at UIUC. Of which efforts led to the creation of more programming for latino students. She now leads the Latino Policy Forum that shapes policy for Education, Housing, Immigration, and Leadership.

Her most recent program brings black and brown leaders together across Chicago to find common policy and social impact agendas. Closing her 2nd cohort and launching a 3rd. These poderosas changing how Latinx communities are respected and integrated into the leadership landscape of our Chicago and nationally with her involvement on shaping policy at the National Council of La Raza. Sylvia is a part of our Roots to Latinx leadership nationally.