Affinity-Latinx and Friends

On September 21, we held our first meeting and event. 

During the meeting, we formed the first steering committee as follows.



Name & E-mail


Facilitates meetings, write agendas and leads the group in strategic planning and discussions.


 Ricardo Vela



Supports the Chair's functions and assumes additional duties in the absence of the Chair.


Miguel Sanchez


Membership Lead

Lead functions with an emphasis on Membership, outreach, etc.


Lisa Rawleigh


Communication Lead

Communicates with leadership, sends email communication on behalf of the group, and may write or contribute to articles/blogs, newsletters, and social media.


Doralicia Garay

Diana Cervantes



Take meeting notes, timekeeper, and maintain records of decisions and action items.


Angela Johnson



Research funding opportunities, oversee financial administration, planning of funding spending, etc.


Adela Contreras


Event Planning Lead

Leads efforts to plan events within UC ANR, solicits outside speakers and professional development opportunities for group members


Arianna Nava




1-year term (up to three terms in a specific role)

Role designation

Self or peer-nomination. Active members will have one vote for each role.


The UC ANR Latinx & Friends Affinity Group will meet once per month during work hours for a period of 60 minutes. Additional meetings may occur within subcommittees and with group members who are officers.


  • Open to present staff and academics who submit a statement of intent for membership. This statement will include a general expression of why they are interested in joining the UC ANR Latinx & Friends Affinity Group.
  • Guidelines and community agreements for participation will be developed.


After the meeting, we had our first-ever event, streaming the short film "First Time Home." The creators and one of the producers of the short film joined us for Q&A.

See video

If you want to register and be part of the Latinx & Friends Affinity Group, click here, or visit:


UC ANR Latinx & Friends Affinity Group Mission Statement:

The mission of the Latinx and Friends affinity group is to create a safe space for all the Latinx professionals who work at UC ANR. A space where we can showcase our own diversity, break implicit biases, and end stereotypes. A place where we can celebrate Juntos  (together) unique places of our country of origin, memories of our ancestors, their legacy, and heritage. This is our stage to showcase and educate our peers about who we are and what makes us unique. Strengthen old friendships and forge new ones.

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  • To foster communication and create space for connection among UC ANR staff and academics.
  • To provide educational and professional development opportunities for Latinx and their Friends and Allies academic and staff professionals in pursuit of growth in their current role and advancement within UC ANR
  • To support and promote organizational Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals.
  • i.e. lead and/or be consulted for Hispanic/Latinx History Month acknowledgment and events within UC ANR, contribute to blogs/publications highlighting ANR work with Latinx communities, partner with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Council and other affinity groups to support organizational goals.

Our goals should be aligned with UC ANR Principles of Community

The following principles of community should guide the behavior and interactions of all members of the UC ANR community:

  • Ensure open communication
  • Work together to achieve common goals and mutual understandings
  • Value the contribution and worth of all members
  • Appreciate and celebrate differences and diversity
  • Foster a sense of belonging and emotional safety
  • Practice mutual respect
  • Demonstrate ethics and integrity
  • Invest in all members
  • Recognize that all members are important.