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Get Ready to Level Up: HOPE Summer Series, Your Virtual Professional Skills Adventure!


Calling all professionals, career enthusiasts, and knowledge seekers! Brace yourself for an extraordinary virtual training series that will revolutionize your skills and propel your career to new heights. Introducing the HOPE Summer Series!  Unlock your full potential with an array of dynamic sessions covering a wide range of professional skills. Whether you're a seasoned expert or just starting your journey, this series has something for everyone. From developing mindfulness strategies and creating your digital brand, to exploring grad school options and hearing from outstanding Latina leaders, our expert trainers will equip you with the tools and techniques needed to thrive in today's ever-evolving workplace. So, put on your virtual learning cap and join us for the HOPE Summer Series. Unleash your full potential, acquire invaluable skills, and make your mark in the professional world. 

Cultura Cura: A conversation with Latina Artists

In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, this virtual conversation with Latina artists will discuss art, culture, and community.  

ThursdaySeptember 21, 2023

2pm - 3pm PST / 5pm - 6pm EST

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Linda Vallejo, Latina Artist


Linda Vallejo creates work that visualizes what it means to be a person of color in the United States. She states that these works reflect what she calls her “brown intellectual property”—the experiences, knowledge, and feelings gathered over more than four decades of study of Latino, Chicano, and American indigenous culture and communities. Vallejo, National Women’s Caucus for the Arts 2022 Lifetime Achievement Awardee, is featured at the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art, CSU San Bernardino , in a solo exhibition Brown Baroque opening on August 26, 2023, through December 16, 2023.  She is also in two group exhibitions including Xican–a.o.x. Body, a national traveling exhibition organized by the American Federation of the Arts at The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture of the Riverside Art Museum through January 7, 2024 and In Your Face: Arte Chicana Dopo / In Your Face: Chicano Art After C.A.R.A. organized by AltaMed Art Collection in partnership with the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico, opening on October 21, 2023.


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Melanie Cervantes, Cultural Worker and Graphic Artist


Melanie Cervantes (Xicanx) has never lived far from the California Coast. Born in Harbor City, California and raised in a small city in the South Bay of Los Angeles Melanie now makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area where she creates visual art that is inspired by the people around her and her communities’ desire for radical social transformation. 

Melanie’s intention is to create a visual lexicon of resistance to multiple oppressions that will to inspire curiosity, raise consciousness and  inspire solidarities among communities of struggle. In 2007 she co-founded Dignidad Rebelde, a graphic arts collaboration that produces screen prints, political posters and multimedia projects that are grounded in Third World and indigenous movements that build people’s power to transform the conditions of fragmentation, displacement and loss of culture that result from histories of colonialism, patriarchy, genocide, and exploitation. and Dignidad Rebelde’s purpose is to illustrate stories of struggle, resistance and triumph into artwork that can be put back into the hands of the communities who inspire it.


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Journey to Mindfulness

This workshop will be led by a licensed therapist, April Mayorga, who will speak about the importance of creating mindfulness practices in our daily routine and share mindfulness exercises.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

12pm - 1pm PST / 3pm - 4pm EST


April Mayorga, LMFT#121595

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist


April is a Latina Bilingual Therapist, mental health advocate and speaker. She has extensive experience working in non-profit and outpatient settings having worked with HIV+, LGBTQ, Homelessness, Trauma, Grief, Depression, and Anxiety related stressors. She uses an integrative approach to treatment with specialities in mindfulness and trauma focused cognitive orientations. She utilized Emotionally Focused Therapy modalities for couples. April provides mindfulness and meditation workshops for disadvantaged communities to help individuals become empowered and rediscover themselves through a sinful and culturally sensitive lens. Currently, she is applying all specialties to individuals by providing direct Telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic. April offers in-person services in Burbank, Ca. She believes that individuals need to be especially held with compassion during this time in addition to developing coping skills and resiliency. 


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Building Your Online Brand

Unlock the power of digital branding and network building in this training that will equip you with the skills to create a compelling online presence and establish meaningful connections.

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

12pm - 1pm PST / 3pm - 4pm EST


Stephanie Castellanos

Founder & Director, Uproot Talent


Stephanie Castellanos is a justice & equity strategist, national facilitator, and the founder of Uproot Talent – an award-winning boutique talent advising and executive search firm that specializes in hiring and *keeping leadership of the global majority. Her commitment to cocreating equity in the workplace stems from her experiences as the daughter of immigrants and a single mom, navigating higher education as the first in her family to graduate from high school, two decades of grassroots organizing and growing up as a kid from Inglewood, CA. Her experiences include leading the talent, DEI&B, and
recruitment strategy for multiple start-up organizations– including founding a multi-sector grassroots coalition dedicated to recruiting and retaining teachers of color and matching over 600 leaders (90% identify as people of the global majority) to nonprofits, foundations, public school districts, and child welfare agencies across the country. As the creator of WOKESHOP™, she’s also facilitated over 1,000 un/relearning experiences alongside over 20,000 participants since 2015. Stephanie’s expertise goes beyond the “professional” realm. She’s organized thousands of community members to become the first U.S city to defeat Walmart’s expansion while in high school, spent countless hours preparing her neighbors & family for interviews growing up, and co-founded a standing mentorship program (CAMBIO Academy) for girls of color while a student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). It’s this lived experience that Stephanie centers and uplifts in all she does.

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Beyond the Bachelor's:

Exploring Grad School Options

Join HOPE and Founder of Latina Grad Guide, Valerie Gomez, to discover an array of grad school opportunities and learn about the application process. Valerie will share her experience and answer your questions about taking this next step in your education.

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

12pm - 1pm PST / 3pm - 4pm EST


Valerie Gomez

Founder, Latina Grad Guide


Valerie is the granddaughter and daughter of Salvadoran immigrants, a first-generation college graduate, and a fifth-year PhD candidate in education studies at the University of California. Her research examines how race, ethnicity, gender, and immigration status mediate the academic experiences of Latine students in higher education. She is a CSU Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) Fellow, a Hispanic Scholarship Fund Fellow, the recipient of the Strategic Enhancement of Excellence through Diversity (SEED) Fellowship at UCSD, and most recently, she was awarded the UC President’s Pre-Professoriate Fellowship. 
Valerie is also the founder of @latinagradguide, a social impact venture that provides a community of support for Latinas in higher education. Valerie has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from UCLA and a master’s degree in counseling with an option in student development in higher education from CSULB.

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By attending these workshops, you will: 

  • Network with other professional Latinas

  • Learn a new skill 

  • Get advice from Latina leaders

  • Create an online community

  • Connect with HOPE


For questions please contact Lauren Salaiz, Programs Manager

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