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Season 2, Episode 5: Nuestra Comunidad (Our Community)

We’re focusing on centering Latinx teachers in order to break down barriers to educational opportunities.

Air Date: February 28, 2023

Host Jonathan Santos Silva speaks with Amanda Fernandez, CEO and Founder of Latinos for Education (L4E) in Boston, MA, and Jay Alvarez, a high school educator in Houston, TX, and participant in L4E’s Latinx Teachers’ Fellowship, about the impact of increasing opportunities for Latinx educators.

As the first Latinx-founded and led nonprofit dedicated to creating leadership pathways for emerging Latinx leaders, Latinos for Education is committed to building an ecosystem of Latinx advocates by infusing Latinx talent into positions of influence. By developing, placing, and connecting essential Latinx leaders in the education sector, L4E strives to break down barriers to educational opportunities for the next generation of Latinx students.


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About The Show

Host Jonathan Santos Silva (South Dakota ‘10) will sit down with innovative nonprofits from across the country that are committed to attracting, training, and retaining BIPOC educators. Each episode will feature thoughtful conversations about how organizations are investing in and providing careers where BIPOC staff can flourish.

Meet The Host
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Jonathan Santos Silva (South Dakota ‘10)

Jonathan Santos Silva is the Founding Executive Director of The Liber Institute and creator and host of The Bored of Ed, a podcast that amplifies the voices of inspiring BIPOC educators who are changing the face of education. He has provided technical support to South Dakota’s Native American Achievement Schools and has served as a school founder and principal, instructional coach, and education consultant.

Featured In This Episode
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Amanda Fernandez, CEO and Founder of Latinos for Education, and former VP of Latino Community Partnerships at Teach For America

Amanda is the CEO & Founder of the first national Latino-founded and led organization, Latinos for Education, dedicated to creating leadership pathways for emerging Latino education leaders and diversifying education nonprofit boards. She is a Trustee of the Board with the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and Roxbury Community College and a Senior Fellow at FutureEd. 

Jay Alvarez

Jay Alvarez, high school educator and L4E Fellow

Jay is a high school graduation coach. He works primarily with high school seniors who are at risk of not graduating with their classes. Jay’s goal is to help these students come to school prepared in order to pass their classes and graduate on time. 

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