Civil rights activist Sylvia Mendez will be the guest of honor at the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents networking event on February 19.
Known for her fight against segregation before the iconic Brown v. Board, Mendez transformed her childhood dream of equal educational opportunity into a reality for the entire country.
The Mendez family defeated the City of Westminster in a 1946 lawsuit that segregated Spanish-speaking children to different schools than white children. Their victory paved the way for desegregation throughout the United States.
This 2021, and now an icon for the fight against systemic racism, Mendez will be joining the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) for a networking event called Linking Latina Leaders. It will be for ALASO L3 members and their invitees and will run for one hour from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) is a non-profit organization providing leadership, ensuring every school in America effectively serves all students’ educational needs, especially Latino/a/x youth.
The 2021 subject of discussion is “Breaking Barriers to have an Inclusive Equitable Education,” something Mendez knows from experience.
The executive director of ALAS, Dr. Maria Armstrong, said, “Our Linking Latina Leaders events focus on our female members and leadership development – to connect, and for those who may be interested in joining ALAS to network with members nationwide and gain a better understanding of the ALAS vision, mission and goals in leading our most marginalized and students of color,” noting they were excited to have Sylvia Mendez there and regarded her as, “an inspiring leader and trailblazer in education.”
Ten years ago, then-President Barack Obama presented Mendez with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. Though she continues her work, she is recognized in the Latino community as a woman who paved the way for others.
If you have a free moment, sign up for this event that is sure to be not only inspiring but educational.