La Latina Network



The annual La Latina of the Year Award honors a distinguished Latina and serves as recognition for their extraordinary work.  Acknowledging their lives and  accomplishments serves to influence Latina youth in our community.
Past award recipients have include, in 2018;  Izaskun E. Larrañeta, Deputy Director of The Day Newspaper, New London; and in 2017. Marianna Salas, MD, Medical Director of the Community Health Center, New London.  The La Latina of the Year Award is presented at an  annual reception. The 2019 La Latina Reception will be held in downtown New London at the Crocker House in the Sol Le Witt Foyer on Thursday, September 26, 2019. Pre-registration is required:  

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La Latina initiatives promote higher education by awarding the La Latina Scholarships to promising Latina youth from New London Public Schools. Scholarship recipients are also announced at the annual La Latina Reception.

We are proud to expand our education equity initiatives through our new BRILLA Program.  ​A ​Summer Leadership Program “BRILLA” ​is designed for​ selected Hispanic female students completing their 10thgrade of high school ​at the end of the previous school year​.  BRILLA is a one-week summer intensive program that meets from Monday-Friday,​, ​​July 22nd through to 26th, 2019, 10am to 3:00pm (until 4 pm on July 25) at the Hispanic Alliance of Southeast Connecticut headquarters,165 State Street, Suite 102, downtown New London. 


BRILLA promotes strategic thinking about post-secondary education - with an emphasis on acquiring effective interpersonal skills for successful negotiations and the use of short exercises on self-reflection and expression. Participants will also be exposed to the 'ins and outs' of acquiring degrees and/or certifications for entering the future job market. BRILLAwill be led by a diverse group of professional female presenters including artists, educators, journalists and other professionals who are successful leaders in our community.  2019 Brilla Program Letter of Invitation.  BRILLA would not be possible without the extraordinary support of our colleagues at New London Public Schools.

The Hispanic Alliance of Southeastern Connecticut and La Latina Network would like to extend a special thank you to the Community Foundation of Southeastern Connecticut's Southeast Women & Girls Fund for their generous contribution of the BRILLA Program.





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