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Be Impatient in your Fight Against Social Injustices

Posted by Justin Ponder | Sep 23, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Jose Antonio Tijerino is a proud immigrant from Nicaragua and President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, a national nonprofit focused on education, workforce, social impact and culture through the lens of innovative leadership. He also serves as executive producer of the Hispanic Heritage Awards at the Kennedy Center, and co-founded a leadership institute with Trinity University, which connects graduating high school seniors with mentors throughout college and their careers. Jose is the recipient of many prestigious awards, and through his leadership and inspiration, he has created many programs to help in the area of social justice.

In our conversation, we talk about the importance of taking action as an activist, and Jose shares how he has built programs through inspiring and mobilizing members of his networks and communities. He also brings up the importance of DEI practitioners to work together and celebrate each other as allies. There can certainly be competition within the space for funding and resources, but Jose impresses on us that it is our responsibility to uplift and celebrate each other in order to make the biggest impact. To connect with Jose, find him on LinkedIn, https://www.linkedin.com/in/antonio-tijerino-9881847, or on social media, links below.

Topics In This Episode

  • Where to find inspiration and how to harness it

  • Creating action within yourself and those around you

  • Be impatient with your activism

  • There is freedom that comes from little-to-no funding

  • Our responsibility when we get a seat at the table

  • Never sit quietly in the room. Everything you bring to the room has value.


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Written by Justin Ponder

Justin Ponder is a professor who teaches courses on Ethnic Studies, African American Studies, and Ethnic Minority Literature. He has published in numerous journals and books on the issue of race and identity politics, exploring the ways to bridge the gap between who we are and who we must become to achieve a more equitable world for others. He has helped organizations and leaders consider connections between the historical past, the social present, and a more just future. He knows how to masterfully weave the academic with the practical, the political with the personal so people can better appreciate the complexity of the issues while finding clarity about their responsibilities. In his work on diversity, equity, and inclusion, he is known for his ability to teach difficult lessons in gentle ways that combine heartbreak and humor to inspire hope.

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