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    ¡Conózcanos! SLI – Harrisonburg

    Aprenda sobre el programa de Scholars Latino Initiative a través de las experiencias de los estudiantes, los tutores y los líderes de la organización en este evento virtual.

    Presentado por Karina Kline-Gabel de la junta Virginia Latino Advisory Board y Sal Romero de las escuelas públicas de Harrisonburg Public Schools. Patrocinado por Rocktown Realty.

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    For Giving Tuesday 2020, gratitude and inspiration from SLI scholars and board members

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    #SLIGivingTuesday, which raised more than $11,000 to support SLI computer awards and dual enrollment tuition assistance, highlighted SLI scholars, mentors, and board members. Pledged matching funds doubled the impact of generous donors.

    GivingTuesday matching funds generously provided by:

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    *Jason Good, Vice President for Innovation and Student Recruitment, Eastern Mennonite University
    *Phillip and Loretta Helmuth
    *Brent Holsinger, Founder and President, On the Road Collaborative, and Laura Toni-Holsinger
    Dr. Philip and Allyson Pate
    Brad and Jayne Schlabach
    and anonymous supporters
    (*SLI Board of Directors)
  • Noche 2020 dancing
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    Noche de Salsa 2020

    PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Young | The Breeze

    Noche de Salsa 2020 (in pandemic-friendly form!) featured a drive-through takeout dinner from Salgado’s Pupuseria y Taqueria. As guests drove through the Steven Toyota service building to receive their food, they saw performing dancers from Salsaburg and the Friendly City Dance Room, received diplomas of gratitude, and were invited to make scholarship donations to support SLI’s mission to create college opportunities for Latino/x students.

    Media coverage:
    Scholars Latino Initiative to convert its fundraiser into a drive-through event
    Scholars Latino Initiative dances around COVID-19 for fundraiser

    Among the Noche de Salsa 2020 recognees were Michael Walsh, Dean of Admissions at James Madison University, and Gloria M. Figueroa-Vargas, Maestra de Español, M.A., Teacher of Spanish as a Foreign Language and Its Culture at Harrisonburg High School:

    “When my father was 18 months old, he lost his father in a mine accident,” Walsh recalls. “When he finished high school in 1936, he was able to be the first in his family to attend college because the high school teachers, the college faculty, and community leaders worked together to give him the opportunity. I honor his memory by helping provide first-generation students the same opportunity my father was given.”

    “Nonprofit organizations as SLI are essential in our schools to ensure support and empowerment for our Latinx students and their families,” Figueroa-Vargas said. “SLI focuses on supporting our students academically and being proud of their heritage.”

  • Great Community Give and SLI
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    Thank you, Great Community Give friends!

    Educators shared why they support SLI, SLI scholars provided testimonials, and donors, eager to empower local Latino/x students who dream of going to college, responded during the 2020 Great Community Give.

    More than 70 people and educators who pledged matching funds donated more than $11,000 (in most cases giving extra to cover platform and payment fees!).

    THANK YOU!

    Ongoing donations are gratefully welcomed at vasli.org/donate.

    Educators pledging Great Community Give matching funds included:

    • Pete Bsumek, Professor, James Madison University
    • Christopher Clymer Kurtz, former teacher, Rockingham County Public Schools
    • Lara Coggin, Ph.D., ESOL Teacher, Richmond Public Schools
    • Amber Corriston, Dance Specialist, Harrisonburg City Public Schools
    • Mike Davis, Executive Advisor to the President, James Madison University
    • John A. Downey, Ph.D., President, Blue Ridge Community College
    • Andrew Dudley Barnes, Lecturer, James Madison University
    • *Jason Good, Vice President for Innovation and Student Recruitment, Eastern Mennonite University
    • *Laura Feichtinger-McGrath, Director of EL Services and Title III, Harrisonburg City Public Schools
    • Suzanne Fiederlein, Ph.D., Interim Director, CISR, James Madison University
    • MarthaJune Graber, Retired Spanish Teacher
    • Susan Huxman, Ph.D., President, Eastern Mennonite University
    • Pat Lintner, Chief Academic Officer, Harrisonburg City Public Schools
    • Fawn-Amber Montoya, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Honors College, James Madison University
    • Jenna Martin-Trinka, Reading Specialist, Harrisonburg City Public Schools
    • C. Leigh Nelson, Ph.D., Professor, James Madison University
    • *Bryan Pearce-Gonzales, Professor of Hispanic Studies, Shenandoah University
    • *Tom Robb, Math Teacher and SLI Program Director, Winchester Public Schools
    • Kirk Shisler, Vice President for Advancement, Eastern Mennonite University
    • Ann St. Clair Lesman, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Shenandoah University
    • Jason Van Heukelum, Superintendent, Winchester Public Schools
    • Anda Weaver, School Counselor, Harrisonburg City Public Schools
    • Philip Yutzy, Spanish Teacher, Instructional Team Leader, Harrisonburg City Public Schools
    • Margot Marie Zahner, Director, Great Oak Academy, Harrisonburg City Public Schools
    • and anonymous supporters

    *Member, SLI Board of Directors

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    Meet SLI in Richmond (2020)

    Meet the Scholars Latino Initiative in Richmond in this June 2020 Zoom meeting hosted by Cecilia Barbosa, chair of the Virginia Latino Advisory Board:

    Guests and Scholars Latino Initiative (SLI) board of directors chair-elect Karina Kline-Gabel and member Chris von Rueden heard from:

    • Peter Iver Kaufman, SLI founder; Professor, George Matthews & Virginia Brinkley Modlin Chair in Leadership Studies, University of Richmond
    • Ángela, SLI alumna, Huguenot High School (’19); rising sophomore at Shenandoah University
    • Ariel, SLI alumnus, Huguenot High School (’20); entering Eastern Mennonite University
    • Blanca, SLI alumna (North Carolina, ’09); University of Richmond and Texas A&M alumna (master’s degrees in public health and biomedical sciences); student affairs, Texas A&M
    • Laura, SLI mentor, University of Richmond (’20); Richmond Award and LeSane-Malone Award recipient
    • Christopher Clymer Kurtz, SLI Director of Development
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    Noche de Salsa 2019

    SLI program directors Hannah Bowman Hrasky (Harrisonburg High School) and Carlos Aleman (James Madison University) spoke about SLI during Noche de Salsa.
    SLI program directors Hannah Bowman Hrasky (Harrisonburg High School) and Carlos Alemán (James Madison University) spoke about SLI during Noche de Salsa.
    Current SLI scholars helped with Noche de Salsa setup.
    Current SLI scholars helped with Noche de Salsa setup.
    At Noche de Salsa Tony Fajardo presented SLI board members with a $2,000 check from Liga Premier Futbol del Valle Shenandoah — one of many evening highlights. Thank you, Liga Premier!
    At Noche de Salsa Tony Fajardo presented SLI board members with a $2,000 check from Liga Premier Futbol del Valle Shenandoah — one of many evening highlights. Thank you, Liga Premier!
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