The Oregon Legislature has the crucial responsibility to ensure that all students are successful in their educational goals—especially the ones from communities harshly affected by the pandemic. … In our organization’s Chicas program, we have seen firsthand the disparities that exist in our education system for Latina youth. Our participants come from a diverse pool of Latinx families that include new immigrants as well as first-, second-, or third generation in this country. Most of our participants speak English as their second or third language, and their families are learning how to navigate the education system in our state.
Strategic community engagement initiated by school districts is essential to understand the unique strengths and opportunities of our Latinx students and families. School districts need to work in partnership with students, families, and community-based organizations to make decisions about their local budget and expenses based on the support that students and families need.
-Patricia Alvarado, Adelante Mujeres