I was invited to attend the National Council of La Raza 2010 Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas, July 10 - 14. The call was totally unexpected and very short notice, causing me to hesitate and think I'd need to sleep on it. But I didn't need to think on it too much; how could I not go? I've been a long time supporter of NCLR and its ideals, and to think that I've been given yet another opportunity to be with people who work toward the same things as I do... well, it means a lot. And as my husband said, when I was on the fence about going, "You have to go. It's your thing!"
NCLR is "the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States". I'm excited to listen to the conference speakers, learn new things about community and advocacy at the workshops, and network with people from across the country. You can be sure that I'll be seeking out other educators and advocates for English Language Learners. While there, I'll be tweeting my experiences @CassyLL. Do follow!
I'm a proud Latina and I feel it's my obligation to support other Latinos, especially my students and their families. While at the NCLR conference, I'll draw fuerzas y animo from the other participants - strength and encouragement, for the work that lies ahead of me. Mi gente... I'm so excited!