Unid@s for Oregon

Unifying Leaders for Systems Change in Oregon

Latino Network’s UNID@S leadership development program aims to create a strong, connected, intergenerational network of established Latino leaders from all sectors and regions of Oregon. Through a unified statewide voice and presence in all levels of leadership, UNID@S advances the well being of all Latinos.

In 2010, Latino leaders in the tri-county area gathered and identified a gap in “Latino leadership cohesion, collaboration, trust-building and strategic coordination”. Honoring the voices of these leaders, UNID@S was created as part of the Coalition of Communities of Color Leadership Development Program called Bridges.

UNID@S builds trust and collaboration among leaders and lays the foundation for lasting systems change in the state. Sessions address:

  • Systems of oppression and racism

  • Intercultural and intergenerational communication

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Community building

  • Shared leadership

  • Cultural expression and identity

  • Political acumen and the ability to influence civic institutions

Program Overview

Each UNID@S cohort is comprised of approximately 20 Latino leaders from across the state who commit to one year of leadership development. Starting with a kick-off reception in the fall and continuing through bi-monthly sessions, the cohort learns and grows together. Selected participants are required to attend each program session. There are a total of 5 sessions. Following completion of the program, participants will become a part of the UNID@S alumni family and gain access to a strong peer network along with new alumni engagement and leadership opportunities.


The UNID@S program embraces the strength in our diversity as a Latino community. We aim to bring together a diverse and intergenerational group of Latino leaders from different regions across Oregon. To that end, we consider the geographic, gender, racial and sector diversity of the group as a whole. The ideal participant will have a track record of leadership and have a strong interest in sharing, learning and building mutual alliances to advance the wellbeing of our community in Oregon.

Calendar of events

Nominations & Selection

  • March 1 - June 24: Nominations accepted & reviewed by Staff and Alumni Members

  • July 1: Nominees are invited to apply

  • July, 29: Cohort is announced


  • UNID@S Orientation

    • Friday, October 4, 3:30pm-7:30pm

    • Latino Network, Portland, Oregon

  • UNID@S Kick-off Retreat Orientation (call-in)

    • Tuesday, October 8, 9-10am or 3-4pm

  • Session 1: UNID@S Kick-off Retreat

    • Tuesday, October 22 thru Friday, October 25

    • Hallmark Resort, Cannon Beach, Oregon

  • Holiday Open House (optional) - Friday, December 6

    • Latino Network, Portland, Oregon

  • Session 2: Latino Community Engagement

    • Friday, January 10 & Saturday, January 11

    • Northwest Health Foundation, Portland, Oregon

  • Session 3: Bridges Across Communities of Color

    • Friday, March 13 & Saturday, March 14

    • IRCO, Portland, Oregon

  • Session 4: Leading with Our Stories

    • Friday, April 10 & Saturday, April 11

    • Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, Oregon

  • Session 5: Political Orientation & UNID@S Graduation Ceremony

    • Friday, May 8 & Saturday, May 9

    • Location TBD

View past Unid@s Leaders

Latino Network thanks Meyer Memorial Trust for their generous funding to start Unid@s and fund the first three cohorts. We also thank the following organizations for their support and funding: Coalition of Communities of Color, Oregon Community Foundation, and The Collins Foundation.

UNID@S Cohort 8 Nomination Form

For more information contact Joaquin Lopez: joaquin@latnet.org or at 503-997-2275.