La Mujer Latina (LML) started with a group of women talking over lunch in 1993. They realized there was a need for a professional conference that focused on health, so they created the Annual La Mujer Latina Conference. During these past two years, LML has had a low number of members, but they’ve been extremely dedicated to expanding their organization through new programs and partnerships. They developed the Grupo de Mujeres series to discuss topics such as media, relationships, career paths, and more. They’ve also continued to evolve their annual conference to cover a wider range of issues affecting the Latin@ community.
LML’s annual conference always features Noche de Culture that includes performances from different regions of Latin America.
Over the years, their conference advertisements also change depending on the annual theme.
In 2011, La Mujer Latina’s conference was awarded Outstanding Established Program at the Multicultural Leadership Awards. The conference has now been at UW-Madison for 15 years!
La Mujer Latina’s 2013 conference is this Saturday, April 13 from 9-5pm in the Pyle Center (702 Langdon Street). The theme is “Creating a Healthy Latin@ Environment: Physically, Mentally, Spirtually” (Creando un Ambiente Latino Saludable: Fisicamente, Mentalmente, y Espiritualmente)
The conference opens at 9:00 am with a keynote speaker and workshops, followed by a luncheon with a featured speaker, and afternoon workshops that end at 5:00pm.
Noche de Cultura is 7-9pm featuring special dance performances by Hermanos Avila and Capoeira and First Wave. Prior to Noche de Cultura, there will be a enchilada dinner.
Keynote speakers are first Latina Wisconsin Legislature speaker JoCasta Zamarripa and Wisconsin State Representative Marianna Pacheco. Workshops will cover a variety of topics including politics, self-defense, leadership, higher education, the media, maternal support, and health.
Please contact Africa Lozano (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Maria Espino (email@example.com) for further information.
Written by Cesilia Gonzalez, Treasurer, La Mujer Latina