The Multicultural Leadership Academy will celebrate its first cohort’s graduation on June 29th!

The Academy worked with this fantastic group of African-American and Latino leaders to increase their understanding of how racial and ethnic groups can collaborate to transform their communities through social action.

The Forum is excited to send this first cohort out into their communities to make a positive impact.

Stay tuned for a special report on the Academy graduation ceremony and for stories from some of those who participated in this first cohort.

Below is the 2016/2017 Cohort, you can read their biographies here.

Azalea Acuna, La Casa Norte
Bessie Alcantara, BBF Family Services
Erika Allen, Growing... Continue Reading

Posted In: Education

By Manny Gonzales

Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, the first Latina to occupy the office in the state and nation, made the proud declaration in defense of immigrants that “Illinois is a welcoming state para todos!”

Sanguinetti was just one of the esteemed elected leaders from Illinois participating in the 6th Annual Latino Unity Day on May 10 at the state capital. The Illinois Latino Agenda, a Forum initiative, hosted the recent rally of Latino organizations, which featured a luncheon with speeches by Sanguinetti, who touched on important issues involving education and immigration, and other legislators from the Illinois Latino Legislative Caucus.

Throughout the day, advocates promoted various pieces of... Continue Reading

Posted In: Education, Families & Communities, Immigration Reform & Policy, Leadership

By Daniela Bardon

I never used to care much about the 5th of May. I knew that the battle of Puebla took place on that date but I had never really celebrated its anniversary. When I met my husband it was during the first week of May, and he was extremely excited that we would be celebrating Cinco de Mayo together. At the time, it was an interesting contradiction for me as I am Mexican and he is American, with absolutely no Mexican heritage.

After living in the United States for a few years, I finally understand why this day carries so much sentiment here. Cinco de Mayo gives Americans an opportunity... Continue Reading

By Daniela Bardon and Gypsy Gavia

In the past few months, there has been an increase in media reports of landlords exploiting the growing fear people have of immigration authorities to evict people or unfairly raise rents. The president’s immigration policies have made these communities more vulnerable to abuse in the housing sphere. Hostility towards immigrants has increased the already problematic challenge in housing discrimination of unreported complaints due to fear of filing and facing some form of retaliation.

April is National Fair Housing Month and this year marks the 49th anniversary of the 1968 historic federal Fair Housing Act, which sought to increase access to housing among those vulnerable... Continue Reading