Throughout the year, our local HWNT chapters host monthly events for professional development, networking, and community outreach efforts. We are pleased to announce that our Corpus Christi Chapter will be hosting our Platicas Poderosas con Dolores Huerta on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 12 p.m. (CT) via zoom. We would love to see you there.
DATE/TIME: Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (CT)
- HWNT Members: FREE
- Non-members: $25
SPECIAL SPEAKER: DOLORES C. HUERTA
Dolores Huerta is president and Founder of the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). She is a celebrated Latina labor leader, activist and community organizer. She has worked for civil rights and social justice for over 50 years. In 1962 she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union. She served as vice-president and played a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments for four decades.
In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation $100,000 prize for Creative Citizenship which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation. DHF connects community-based organizing to state and national movements to register and educate voters; advocate for education reform; bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community; and create strong leadership development.
Dolores Clara Fernandez was born on April 10, 1930 in Dawson, a mining town in the mountains of New Mexico. Her father Juan Fernández, a farm worker and miner by trade, was a union activist who ran for political office and won a seat in the New Mexico legislature in 1938. Her mother, Alicia Chavez was an independent business woman. She owned and ran a 70 room hotel. Dolores spent most of her childhood and early adult life in Stockton, California where she and her two brothers moved with their mother, following their parents’ divorce.
Huerta was married twice and had a long term relationship with Richard Chavez, the brother of César. She has 11 children and many grand and great-grandchildren. Most of her children have dedicated themselves to public service.
Dolores is a two-time US Presidential Award Recipient; she received the Medal of Freedom Award from President Obama in 2012, the highest civilian award in the United States, and the Eleanor D. Roosevelt Human Rights Award from President Clinton in 1998.
She has received many other awards including Mexico’s Order of the Aztec Eagle Award (the highest decoration awarded by the Mexican Government to foreign nationals), the James Smithson Award from the Smithsonian Institution, the Icons of the American Civil Rights Movement Award, bestowed to her in 2011 by the National Civil Rights Museum. Huerta is a U. S. Department of Labor Hall of Honor inductee and she was the first Latina inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She is a former UC Regent and has earned honorary doctorates from universities throughout the United States.
MODERATOR: LILYAN PRADO CARRILLO
Lilyan Prado Carrillo migrated to the United States from Guatemala when she was four years old. Raised solely by her father, Luis Prado, Lilyan has always understood the importance of education. Her father taught her to have a strong work ethic and the power of education.
Lilyan attended a junior college where she funded her own education costs by working up to 50 hours per week and going to school part time because of her immigration status. She later transferred to and graduated from Texas Woman’s University, where she received a full scholarship and quickly became an outstanding student leader and a campus motivator. In 2002, Lilyan was one of 30 students nationwide, awarded a congressional internship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington, D.C. In 2013 she earned her a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Texas.
Since college, Lilyan has served as an educator, a university administrator, and facilitator for national organizations such as Monster Worldwide and the National Council of La Raza, now Unidos U.S. In 2006, she was selected as The Sallie Mae Fund’s national spokesperson and presented to 40,000+ people about her personal journey and access to higher education. In 2007 Lilyan decided to relocate back to Denton, TX to marry Albert Carrillo, raise a family, and give back to her home community.
Today Lilyan works full time at Alexander Elementary, a Title I school, serving as a bilingual specialist. She recently received the Estrella de Tejas award from the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas in San Antonio, for her leadership and contributions to the community. In 2020 she was awarded the LULAC Region 3 Woman of the Year award for her work with Denton LULAC Council #4366.
In addition, she is also a consultant for Educational Achievement Services, Coolspeak Youth Engagement Co., and Lifelong Legacies, Inc., empowering students and families as a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator nationally. She is a wife and mom to 5 great kids, and is a member of her local church, enjoys time with Bible Study Fellowship, and is involved in civic organizations such as LULAC, serving as past council president, and HWNT, Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas. Lilyan is a recent alumni of the Latino Center for Leadership Development, Fellowship Class of 2019. In August 2020, Lilyan was diagnosed with breast cancer, but with the support of her family, friends, and physicians, she has sense then gone into remission. She continues working, speaking, and advocating for underrepresented populations with respect and admiration for all.