The goal of Nexus Latinx is to create a network of interconnected Latinx leaders.The first initiative will take place in Puerto Rico.
The Nexus Latinx blueprint will be the guide to achieve our goals.
Students will start learning about their Latinx history before they make the journey. Learning the Puerto Rican history, culture, and traditions, with a focus on the migration experience of the stateside diaspora. Students will then learn through a “boots on the ground” experience. Each day as we travel the island there will be lessons to learn from each organization and experience.
Students will immerse into the Puerto Rican culture through a 5 sensory experience. See the beautiful landscape and historical locations that are important to the Puerto Rican people. Taste and smell the rich and exquisite cuisine of the beautiful island. Hear the adored coqui sing to you and the palms trees sway in the Caribbean winds. Touch the sand as it moves between your feet while learning the Puerto Rican cultural dance called Bomba. We focus on the local experience and integrate the students into the community. They will interact with local people, and seek to understand the way others live in that community by being there and engaging in daily life activities.
Ensure the continued growth and sustained empowerment of Latinx communities. Leadership will be a common theme that connects each participant. Daily activities will be viewed through a “leadership lens”. Participants will be challenged on how to effectively solve problems within their diaspora community. Examples such as workshops, meeting with local community leaders, public speaking and lectures. You will return home with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn more.
We promote community development through hands-on community service projects with grassroots organizations. Each Nexus Latinx experience will have at least one day of community service and one day of community development in Puerto Rico. We only partner with local organizations of each host country that share our goal to empower Latinx diaspora.