Local Stories

Profile: Sylvia Puente — Executive Director, Latino Policy Forum

Profile: Sylvia Puente — Executive Director, Latino Policy Forum

Extra

Sylvia Puente director of the Latino Policy Forum began her journey with the United Farm Workers Union. As a youngster, she took part in protests with her parents and understood the meaning of fair and humane working conditions for the people.

With an economics degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago, Puente experienced different positions in her career. While working at the Notre Dame Institute for Latino Studies and the Latino Institute, Puente learned just how using research and data analysis could help the community.

“I realized that it just wasn’t about being on the front lines and picketing, but we needed research, data and information to support the gaps, the inequalities the challenges that exist in the Latino community,” Puente explains.

Being the executive director of the Latino Policy Forum has proven very fruitful for her. One of her proudest achievements during her short time at the forum is instilling mandatory bilingual education in early childhood education classrooms for the state of Illinois.

“Children have to be anchored in their native language in order to learn a second language,” she explains.

Of her knowledge, Puente says that in order to move ahead, Latinos have to do particular things to succeed. Having a strong sense of self, creating your own reality and to using your gifts and passion for what you want to do are among the top pieces of advice Puente can contribute to the next generation of Latinos.

As a Mexican-American born in Chicago and raised in the surrounding suburbs, Puente claims that although she didn’t have role models to look up to she always knew she was going to college to prove herself. Her ...

Finish reading: Sylvia Puente — Executive Director, Latino Policy Forum

Click to add a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Local Stories

More in Local Stories

4d42da9435093.preview-620

In search of the great New Mexico chile pepper

Latina ListaAugust 27, 2015
rwb-donkeysplit

Three Connecticut Latino Incumbents Fight Democratic Party Machine

Latina ListaAugust 26, 2015
150824-bined_6

Border economic officials: ROOT CAUSE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS POVERTY, INSECURITY AND LACK OF OPPORTUNITY

Latina ListaAugust 25, 2015
CMeP8WMWcAA-glg

Visualizing Illinois’ Cook County Jail’s population

Latina ListaAugust 24, 2015
google-inc-starts-work-on-fiber-optic-network-in-san-antonio-texas

San Antonio says ‘Bienvenidos’ to Google Fiber

Latina ListaAugust 20, 2015
The new 5-story condiminium being built on 18th St. and San Carlos St. in the Mission Wednesday August 13, 2015. Photo by Martin Bustamante

In a city where rising rents increasingly displace low-income residents, one San Francisco block’s rapid change triggers fear and hope

Latina ListaAugust 19, 2015
150817-psja_cslap

Rio Grande Valley alumni mentor students on going to college

Latina ListaAugust 18, 2015
be-the-match-2

Bone marrow donor program seeks Hispanics to help save lives of Hispanics

Latina ListaAugust 17, 2015
B9317064792Z.1_20150423151607_000_GQGAJCEVA.1-0

A Delaware Hispanic Heroine

Latina ListaAugust 13, 2015