Dear LUPE members and friends:
Latinas United for Political Empowerment (LUPE) is now in its 19th year of operations. Since I first began to volunteer for LUPE in 2007, I have witnessed its evolution to now being the biggest and longest-serving Latina-run organization in New Jersey. Today, we continue to educate, empower, and engage Latinas in New Jersey and beyond.
First, I would like to recognize our board members. Each and every woman who currently serves on this board is a successful and powerful Latina in her own right. Every board member volunteers her time to serve because she believes in women helping women and believes in LUPE’s mission, vision, and values. Please join me in thanking all of our current and past board members for dedicating their time, talent and treasure to this organization and the people we serve.
Secondly, we give thanks to all of our past presidents and founders who built this organization with one end in mind - to gain equality for all Latinas. In the beginning, the focus was to help Latinas be elected into public office and that goal gradually expanded to helping Latinas become leaders in all sectors, public and private, to ensure that Latinas are well-represented. We continue to fight against all inequalities.
In 2022, we have exciting events and programs being planned. The Latina Leadership Scholarship, founded in 2011, is once again open through April 25th. Please encourage Latinas who are currently enrolled in a NJ College or University to apply for this prestigious scholarship. The scholarship recipients and their families will be invited to receive their awards during the LUPE POW event.
We hope to see you in-person on June 8th for our LUPE Power of Women Awards (LUPE POW). As we do each year, we will be honoring trailblazers who go above and beyond to help Latinas and their families even during the toughest times. Please visit our LUPE POW page for details and we can’t wait to see you there.
Elección Latina has been reimagined into the virtual space for 2022. You will learn important information about civic engagement, voter rights and everything you need to know to make sure your voice is heard. Next year, Eleccion Latina will be bigger, better and in-person. Stay tuned for more.
Finally, we rely on you, our members, to do this critical work. If you are already a member, gracias! I hope that you will join one of our committees throughout the year. LUPE Fund would not exist without its dedicated members. There are many benefits that come with being a LUPE member but the most important one is that your dues fund programs for Latinas by Latinas. Please consider becoming a member. Your support, partnership and presence are valued and keep LUPE Fund moving forward.
Iveth P. Mosquera, MPA
President, LUPE Fund, Inc.