Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

Entre Hermanos’ LGBT Latino Public Policy and Community Mobilization Fellow (2015)

Context

Entre Hermanos‘ Mission: “To promote the health and well-being of the Latino Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and questioning community in a culturally appropriate environment through disease prevention, education, support services, advocacy and community building.”

Our work is primarily in the areas of HIV Prevention, support and referrals for Latino LGBTQ people, and advocacy / community mobilizing. In recent years we have developed our capacity for work around civic engagement and community mobilizing. In 2012 we participated in the campaign for Marriage Equality and Referendum 74. We have also participated in voter registration and efforts for comprehensive immigration reform. We have additionally received funding from the City of Seattle for community organizing and leadership development, so we see our work as part of a broader social justice movement. We have also engaged with the city of Seattle and King County around their respective Race and Social Justice initiatives. In 2013 Entre Hermanos and about a dozen other grassroots organizations were contracted by the City of Seattle’s Police Commission to help gather public input on a series of proposed reforms to the police department. This was a fast-turnaround project that we were able to successfully complete and which gave our community a voice in this important area of reform. We have been gradually growing our work in this area, building our capacity and incorporating [structural] social justice work into our overall scope.

 

Fellowship Position

Our need is for developing and tracking a social and economic justice agenda, specifically for the 2015 Legislative session [January-March] and then beyond that, once the session is over. Our organization has participated in legislative advocacy for the past 5+ years, and we hope to grow this effort by developing our own legislative priorities and then participating with other groups that are advocating in Olympia around social justice agendas. Much of the work on developing an initial legislative agenda will be done prior to the arrival of a Carlson Fellow so that when the Fellow arrives, they will immediately become involved in the process of finalizing our legislative priorities for the 2015 Legislature in Olympia.

The Fellow will:

  • Participate in meetings with other Washington state groups that are discussing legislative priorities, conduct research on social service needs that affect the Latino LGBT community, and prepare reports that convey the findings. The Fellow will track legislation that is determined to be of interest, and report on its progress.
  • Help develop a Communications Plan to inform our constituents about opportunities for action (such as sending email or making phone calls) to influence lawmakers. There will be several opportunities to visit the Capitol for specific events such as Latino Legislative Day.
  • At the conclusion of the legislative session, the Fellow will participate in evaluating the outcome of the session vis-a-vis our priorities. At that time, a post-legislative Latino LGBT social justice agenda will be developed in consultation with Entre Hermanos leadership and other social justice organizations and groups.
  • In the final months of the Fellowship, the student will oversee implementation of the social justice agenda, including plans for sustainability beyond the period of the Fellowship.

 

The ideal candidate will have interest and skills in these areas:

  • Basic research skills using internet
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and team-building skills
  • Flexibility and openness to new ideas
  • Ability to work well with diverse co-workers
  • Willingness to ask questions and learn
  • Effective multi-tasking and prioritization abilities
  • Ability to glean useful information at meetings and prepare reports