From the Desk of the IALAS President

October President’s Message

Dear Familia,

I would like to acknowledge the legacy of Justice Ruth Gader Ginsberg who we unfortunately lost on Sept. 18, 2020. Justice Ginsberg represented how one overcomes adversity by being passionate for her purpose. She fought against gender discrimination and had a love for education.  She represented many firsts and became the first woman and first Jewish person to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol. She opened doors for many. Her story is one that emulates the IALAS mission and vision in promoting equity & empowering all. She was just one person, but we are many and it is time that we continue to embrace  her heroism to open doors for others, lend out a hand and remind others that we are here to support and encourage. This is what IALAS represents. 

We also celebrate Latino Heritage month from September 15-October 15, 2020. One way to celebrate this month is by joining ALAS 17th annual National Education Summit on October 9-10, 2020! Illinois Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (IALAS) encourages all members to attend by going to this LINK. We also want to support our familia members who would like to attend by offering a $50 scholarship to help offset the cost of registration. Remember, after registering; send your receipt to Dan Swartz at Stipends will be mailed the week after the conference. Another way of celebrating this month is by joining us on October 16, 2020 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. IALAS will hold a hybrid model mixer. We hope that you will be able to join us either in person or virtually. Our board members will be holding five separate intimate gatherings at the following locations:

1. Cadence Kitchen, Downers Grove (5101 Mochel Dr., Downers Grove, IL)

2. Red Barrel (5216 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL)

3. Tina G’s (10 E Park St, Mundelein, IL)

4. Old Town Pour House (1703 Freedom Dr., Naperville, IL)

5. Rosebud (12350 Derby Rd Lemont, IL 60439)

By registering to attend one of the above venues, we will be able to abide by social distancing guidelines, network, converse, and enjoy some time together. For our members who prefer to stay at home you can still join us virtually. We will have a 6:30 p.m. presentation for you to be part of the festivities, raffle and view the five locations that will be live. Looking forward to seeing everyone. Tickets can only be purchased using this LINK.  


Finally, however, you decide to celebrate this month, remember to reflect on our journey as Latinos. Latinos were finally identified as a group in the 1980 US census, although our roots go back more than five hundred years. The US government did not know how to categorize us since we come from so many rich and colorful backgrounds. It was not until the 2010 census that we had more choice. We have so much to celebrate. Moreover, there is so much more to come as we consider each member of IALAS and what you contribute to education. Thank you for your leadership. Happy Latino Heritage Month!  


Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez

IALAS President

Our Mission

The Illinois Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (IALAS) commits to provide authentic, high-quality learning opportunities for students by building capacity among Latinx-serving educational leaders and by advocating for responsive, informed policy development.

Our Vision

To unify and cultivate educational leaders, serving Latinx communities, for the purpose of promoting equity & empowering all students.

© 2019 IALAS

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