Afro-Latinx Lideres Avanzando Fellowship

Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow: Afro-Latinx Lideres Avanzando Fellowship

UnidosUS firmly believes that education is the great equalizer. By 2023, Latinx students will comprise nearly 30 percent of all students enrolled in U.S. schools. Our success as a nation depends on their success as future business leaders, creators, philanthropists, parents, workers, lawmakers, and taxpayers.

That is why we are committed to advancing student success at every level of education – be it through federal advocacy on K-12 and higher education policies or by spearheading programs designed to foster Latinx leadership.


Empowering Afro-Latinx Leaders

The Afro-Latinx Líderes Avanzando Fellowship is a one-year leadership program for first generation students pursuing their undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees and recent college graduates who identify as Afro-Latinx and are passionate about racial equity and driving meaningful change in their campus community and beyond.

The Fellowship will bring together talented and driven leaders and equip them with the skills, information, and supports needed to become racial equity advocates and spokespeople for Latinxs at the local, state and national levels, defining the narrative in these spaces advocates. By the end of the program, Avanzando Fellows will have successfully honed their skills in writing, public speaking, team building, and legislative advocacy. The program will also focus on elevating community voices to the forefront of conversation – moving thought into action and empowering Latinx youth.

Emphasis on Afro-Latinidad

The term Afro-Latinx refers to Latinx people of African ancestry who identify with their Blackness along with their Latinx heritage. When one refers to themselves as AfroLatinx, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re half Black and half Latinx. It means that the individual acknowledges their Latinx culture and their Blackness.


Be a part of the next generation of change agents

The Avanzando Fellowship will center racial equity as a means to develop a cohort of civically, socially and educationally engaged college students to serve as agents of change in their campuses and communities. The Fellowship experience will offer students an opportunity to:

  • Join a national network of civil rights advocates, passionate about advancing opportunities for the Latinx community in areas like health, education, immigration, housing and the economy. 
  • Participate in virtual and in-person training modules
  • Represent UnidosUS in various education forums to help advance the organization’s policy positions.


Eligibility and how to apply

Application Status: OPEN

UnidosUS is now accepting applications for the 2021 cohort of Avanzando fellows. Be a part of the movement.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must self-identify as Afro-Latinx
  • Must be a first-generation* student pursuing higher education (undergraduate junior senior, graduate, or doctoral students) or a recent college graduate (within the last three years).
  • Must have strong academic standing
  • Ability to learn quickly, possess analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Commitment to providing quality education, access, and opportunities for underrepresented populations
  • Commitment to the mission and ideals of UnidosUS
  • Must possess the willingness and ability to participate in three, multi-day training modules (If meeting in person, travel, hotel accommodations, and most meals to be paid in full by UnidosUS), monthly webinars, assignments, conference calls, a culminating policy proposal memo, and guest blogging
  • Must be willing to formalize your commitment to the Líderes Avanzando Fellowship via a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

*We define first generation in college as neither parent completed a bachelor’s degree.

Contact Washington Navarrete at for more information.

Washington Navarrete

Application Status: OPEN - APPLY TODAY

Deadline: June 27, 2021

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