Unfortunately, the Latino Community is not proportionately represented within decision-making entities that have a direct impact on our community.
According to the executive director of the Hispanic Alliance, Inc., Sonia Troche, “The focus on Latino professionals, combined with the purposeful implementation of comprehensive leadership skills, differentiates HALDI from other community leadership development initiatives.”
Troche continues, “HALDI addresses the lack of an inclusive leadership program designed to recruit and develop culturally competent leadership skills to become a more effective decision maker as a team member, board of director and/or volunteer.
“This is also an opportunity to connect emerging Latino leaders with local public, private and non-profit corporations looking to diversify their entities, board of directors, committees, commissions.”
The Hispanic Alliance seeks nominations and applications of individuals with the desire, potential and interest in being part of the decision making process that impacts the resources and services available to the community, while collaborating with other organizations to develop strategies to increase Latino participation in all aspects of society.
HALDI spans over nine months and includes three components- training, mentorship, and community projects. Beginning in March 2012, the training component develops participants’ skills in cultural competency, innovation, cross-cultural communication, self and task management, social responsibility and leadership building.
All sessions include a cultural leadership journey-experience with guest-speakers and/or panel discussions. The mentorship component matches the participant with a mentor for twelve months and engages the participant in community networking and information sharing events.
The community projects prepare participants for more active and informed involvement in community affairs. These projects help increase group leadership skills, increase individual leadership skills, and learn more about non-profits in the community.
For the nomination and application process visit the Hispanic Alliance website at www.hispanicallianceinc.org or call 216-661-4249 for the application package. The program is free for all members of the Hispanic Alliance staff, board of directors and/or volunteers. The non-member program fee is only $200.
The Hispanic Alliance is a 501(c)(3) membership organization whose mission is to strengthen its member organizations by providing leadership and organizational capacity-building, advocacy and education, and the formation of strategic and collaborative partnerships.
For more information, contact Hispanic Alliance, Inc. at 216-661-4249, or visit our website, www.hispanicallianceinc.org