LLN Lunch and Learn: Checking in During the Pandemic

From the Latino Leadership Network:

We care about you. How are you holding up? The LLN Executive Board is preparing a Lunch & Learn from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept., 23 via Zoom to help you check in with yourself as we connect with one another and get tips on managing stress, isolation, and teleworking from Indira Melgarejo, LLN’s Health & Wellness Chair, formerly a psychologist in Venezuela.

A survey released by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in August revealed that 41 percent of respondents reported symptoms of mental disorder, including trauma-related symptoms, depression, and anxiety. The study found a higher prevalence of symptoms of depressive disorder, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety among Hispanic respondents. (Source: ABC News)

So it is not surprising that in our own survey in June, LLN members said they are most interested in LLN activities that focus on managing stress, isolation, and teleworking. Let this lunch break be your time to briefly engage with your peers across the state enterprise and come away with vital information you can use

Registration Information: .Sign up to attend this Zoom meeting on our Eventbrite page

Hispanics: Be Proud of Your Past and Embrace the Future

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Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15-Oct. 15

From the Latino Leadership Network:

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, your Latino Leadership Network Executive Board has put together a new video to welcome all Washington State workers and allies into the familia that is LLN. We took this opportunity to speak from our hearts about the value we see in participating in this group. See the video on YouTube.

A special thank you to a rising star in LLN, Larry Delgado, for being our editor on this project.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the contributions and importance of Hispanics and Latinos to the United States and those American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.

Hispanic Heritage Month also marks the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period.

In the U.S. this observance began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover September 15 to October 15.

Last year, LLN marked the occasion with a fascinating presentation by Antonio Sanchez, PhD, Director of Intergovernmental and International Relations at Central Washington University. Sanchez presented “A Proud Past – Building a New Future, the History of the Accomplishments and Contributions of Hispanics in Washington State.” The presentation included several revelations about the roles Hispanics have played in the history and development of Washington State. See the Facebook Live recording


Registration is now open for the ICSEW-BRG Joint Allyship Gathering

You’re Invited!

BRG-ICSEW Allyship Gathering: Lifting Every Voice

Join Washington State’s Business Resource Groups (BRGS) and the Interagency Committee of State Employed Women (ICSEW) for an interactive, virtual gathering on intersectional allyship!

Register early here: 

BRG-ICSEW Allyship Gathering: Lifting Every Voice

The gathering takes place on 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Special Instructions: Please add your BRG(s) name after your last name so we can track representation from each BRG

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

The purpose of this event is to:

1. Promote Intersectional Allyship by:

  • Sharing about each group
  • Developing an understanding of different to be an active ally
  • Opening space for members to connect with other communities on a human level

2. Provide attendees with actionable avenues to be an effective ally for different communities

3. Unify and prepare all communities to collaborate to achieve shared goals

If you need special accommodations to attend this event, contact DIN@ofm.wa.gov.

 Thank you and hope to see you at the gathering!


State Seeks Input from Latinos on Forming Education Strategy


Editors note: This article was originally published on the Latino Leadership Network blog:

The state Office of the Education Ombuds is designing its strategic plan for the next three years and wants feedback from the Latino community. LLN members and allies are invited to take the survey and to share the survey request (text provided below) with appropriate networks.

Saludos! Necesitamos su consejo. Aquí en la Oficina de Educación y Resolución de Quejas (o OEO por sus siglas en inglés), estamos diseñando nuestro plan estratégico. Tenemos que decidir cómo deberíamos usar nuestros recursos en los siguientes tres años para avanzar nuestra misión. Queremos sus ideas y opiniones para guiar nuestro trabajo. Por favor dénos una gran idea: ¿Cómo puede OEO utilizar mejor sus recursos para apoyar la equidad racial, la inclusión y los resultados positivos para los estudiantes de K-12?


Find out more about the Office of the Education Ombuds

Video de introducción a OEO en Español: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6VnKUu2IpM&t=8s
Nuestro Reporte anual 2018-2019: https://oeo.wa.gov/sites/default/files/public/OEO_Annual_Report_2018_2019_Final_Spanish_2019_09_19.pdf


April is Diversity Month: A Message from Your State Business Resource Groups

“There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” -Audre Lorde 


Washington State’s six Business Resource Groups (BRGs) are excited to present the following message in celebration of Diversity Month.

During Diversity Month, the business resource groups wish to generate awareness about the intersectionality of characteristics that make us unique and the need to demonstrate appreciation for each human being we encounter.  This month, we encourage you to create space for courageous conversations about identity and to learn more about someone who appears to have a different cultural background or experience from your own. Some ways to learn include: engaging in open dialogue, reading a book, watching a movie or video clip and more, all with an open and empathetic heart.

Statewide BRGs unite employees who identify with common backgrounds with allies under shared values and goals. All BRGs have a mission and goals outlined in their charters and bylaws. BRGs contribute to an overall statewide business strategy in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in a respectful workplace.  Each BRG member brings unique knowledge and perspective, making them an asset to our state business needs, helping Washington move closer to being the employer of choice.

Visit the Office of Financial Management’s website or select the links below to learn more about each BRG.

Thank you for choosing to be a public servant for the people of Washington State!


Upcoming Training: Leadership 101: Makings of a Great Leader

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The Latino Leadership Network has its monthly Lunch and Learn March 9. This month’s FREE session is Leadership 101: Making of a Great Leader.  The event takes place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Department of Labor and Industries, 7273 Linderson Ave SW in Tumwater.

From the Latino Leadership Network:

Have you ever wondered if you would make a good leader? Are you curious to know the key strengths and attributes of a great leader? Continuing with last month’s theme of ‘Finding Your Pathway to Leadership,’ the Latino Leadership Network (LLN) presents Leadership 101: Making of a Great Leader. This interactive learning experience, led by Human Resources Specialist Denise Miño, will draw upon the experience and knowledge of well-established leaders, while welcoming the insights and questions of new and aspiring leaders.

This workshop will reveal the mindset, values and virtues great leaders possess.

All state employees and guests are welcome. Events put on by the LLN are considered employee development activities and can be attended on work time with supervisor’s approval.

This event is highly interactive and is best enjoyed in person, and will not be broadcast live on social media or recorded. If you plan to attend, please RSVP here.


Find Your Path to Leadership Goals with the Latino Leadership Network Feb 12

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Do you aspire to hold a position of leadership in your organization? Even wonder when you are going to get your big break? The Washington State Latino Leadership Network, LLN, presents Finding Your Pathway to Leadership. It’s an interactive workshop designed to inspire up-and-coming leaders, and draw up on the knowledge of one of the most seasoned executive directors.

The free event takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Department of Labor and Industries’ Auditorium, 7273 Linderson Way SW in Tumwater.

Through a facilitated conversation led by Human Resources Leadership Specialist Denise Miño, aspiring leaders will have the opportunity to hear tips on leading from where you are, insights on what to expect along the path to becoming a leader, as well as engage in discussions about others’ experiences on their journey to leadership.

Miño is a change leader in the field of leadership development with her philosophy of “leading with love.” She is a human resources leadership specialist, trainer, coach, and consultant who believes that a positive transformation in leadership allows employees to flourish at work. She is also an advisor to ‘A Human Workplace’, where she served as an intern for the Workplace Transformation efforts at Results Washington, Office of the Governor. Miño also helped establish LLN back in 2015.

LLN welcomes all state employees and guests. Events put on by LLN are considered employee development activities and can be attended on work time. Please RSVP on Eventbrite so we can successfully plan the event.

This event is highly interactive and is best enjoyed in person, and will not be broadcast live on social media or recorded.


Chief Administrative Law Judge to Share Her Path as Immigrant in America

Judge Lorraine Lee

TUMWATER–The Latino Leadership Network is honored to welcome Lorraine Lee, Chief Administrative Law Judge and Director of the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings, as guest speaker of our next Lunch & Learn. The event takes place from noon to 1 p.m. December 10 at the Labor & Industries Building, 7373 Linderson Way SE in Tumwater

Judge Lee will share thoughts and lessons learned about becoming American as an immigrant who has lived and worked in diverse places and work environments.

Please pre-register for the Lunch and Learn and plan to bring a friend. If you are unable to attend in person, we will stream via Facebook live.

Judge Lee came to America from Hong Kong as a young child. She attended public school in New York City and Moses Lake, Washington. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and obtained her law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She would go on to serve as a military lawyer in the U.S. Army.

Knighted Historian to Speak at Latino Leadership Network Event Nov 1

Antonio Sanchez

TUMWATER–Sir Antonio Sánchez, Ph.D., will speak at the Latino Leadership Network’s Nov 1 Lunch and Learn. The event takes place from noon to 1 p.m.  at the Department of Labor and Industries, 7273 Linderson Way SW in room 117.

King Juan Carlos of Spain knighted Sánchez  in 2007 for his lifelong commitment to the educational, cultural, and economic progress of the Hispanic community. Sánchez holds faculty appointments in the Departments of Anthropology and Political Science and is Director of Intergovernmental and International Relations for Central Washington University. He served as Chicano Studies Instructor at the University of Washington‘s Department of American Ethnic Studies from 2008-2014. He has contributed to the publication of two books this year: Alfredo Arreguin’s World of Wonders: Critical Perspectives and Poetics without Borders.

The event is open to all, but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering on Eventbrite. We also will share this Lunch & Learn on Facebook Live on the day of the event.

A Human Workplace Olympia Offers Event to Support Colleagues Impacted by Immigration

Our partners with the Latino Leadership Network, Washington Immigrant Network, along with Results Washington are sponsoring a free workshop Sept. 27 on supporting colleagues who have been impacted by immigration issues. 

LLNThe The current climate in the U.S. regarding immigration impacts many people in numerous ways. The people who are impacted are likely to be suffering silently with fear and worry.

Results Washington is partnering with the Washington Immigrant Network (WIN) and the Latino Leadership Network (LLN), for a very important, sensitive, and timely conversation to understand the impacts of immigration on our colleagues and to learn how to support them.

The gathering will be Friday, September 27, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Helen Sommer Building, Room G015 A, B, C. Register today to reserve your seat.

This gathering is co-hosted by LLN and WIN leaders Marlene White and Christine Stalie as well as María Sigüenza, Executive Director of the state Commission on Hispanic Affairs.

Attendees will hear the voices of those who face different impacts from current immigration actions. Through sensitive sharing, we will hear and learn about the true experiences our colleagues are facing right now and what we can do to support them.

A Human Workplace fosters the practice of compassion, inclusion, and love in the workplace. This is an opportunity to put these in to practice by opening our hearts and minds to our colleagues, to convey belonging, care, respect, and support of their humanity and dignity.