A Message from the Executive Director
Hello, my name is Johanna and I am the Founder and CEO of Latina Voice. If you landed on our website, chances are you have faced some form of discrimination based on the interconnected and overlapping categorization of our identities. We are here to change that. We are here to provide a platform for your voice while at the same time offer supports and services in amplifying all voices in creating systemic and social change. I never thought of developing an organization such as Latina Voice, but in hearing so many stories of continued discrimination and oppression among marginalized groups, and with the help of two strong Latinas, Dr. Elsie Aquino-Gonzalez and Dr. Patricia Delgado-Pena, Latina Voice was established and now growing in becoming a movement of shared strength, empowerment and resilience. I want to thank all those that trusted us in sharing their stories and my entire team, for working diligently in the development of Latina Voice, Inc.
So, read on and get to know us, share your story or join the movement-Let your voices take up space.
Latina Voice was not a concept thought out or planned. Latina Voice came as a small idea after I and two of my colleagues completed providing a seminar on social media. We often worked in providing trainings on social media to support marginalized women finish their doctoral studies, supporting them to complete their dissertation. This one seminar however, turned into a dialogue of a group of Latinas expressing their frustrations on being pushed back, told their work was not good enough resulting from frequent acts of microaggressions because of their overlapping identities. These women spoke about facing the discrimination and oppression based on their gender, race, class, physical ability, and sexual orientation. The experiences were all different, but the root of the problem was the same, Intersectionality.
The seminar was engulfed with anger, laughter and even tears but, ultimately ended with understanding and a kingship, knowing we, at one point or another, have experienced discrimination because of who we are. As a result, Latina Voice was created to continue the conversations, amplifying the voices of marginalized women with a mission to create change.
As Latina Voice moves throughout its first year, we are still learning. We have not only created a platform to amplify voices from anywhere in the world, but we have also created supports to strengthen and empower Latinas and all marginalized women to reach their dreams. No matter what that may be, our priority is for clients to feel happy, fulfilled and accepted. We aim to take up spaces in where those spaces may have never been available. We aim to be recognized in spheres where we may have been overlooked and we aim to work for a just, inclusive, and equitable world for all women.
In addition to providing support services, we also conduct research. Through our research team, we continue to examine and evaluate diverse interpretative frameworks of intersectionality. Our research team work to study the substance of intersectional social theories and research-based approaches from both the humanities and social sciences to understand the core dilemmas of intersectionality facing our communities. Through research, we continue to disseminate evidence-based information from marginalized voices to highlight systemic issues on discrimination and racism. As we continue to highlight these issues however, we will continue to empower by providing the necessary tools and supports to meet every person's goal.