who we are
Latinas: united, visible, empowered
In 2016, a group of Latinas in Kalamazoo County identified the need for creating a network of Latina leaders who can help advocate for cultural inclusiveness in our region, develop more opportunities for, and raise awareness around the Latinx community. We formalized our group in 2018 with a mission to empower, enrich, and elevate Latina leaders and allies to become bridge builders and influential change agents in Southwest Michigan.
ELLAS is unique because it couples professional development workshops with community strengthening exercises through a Latina perspective. We lean into our strengths and hone them to elevate our leadership and advocacy within our broader community.