Senator Torres Ray Developing Training, Curriculum for New Latina Leadership Academy

The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) this year signed a historic agreement with Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) to hold a yearly leadership academy for current legislators who are seeking higher office. Senator Patricia Torres Ray (DFL-Minneapolis), chair of NHCSL’s Latinas Lead Initiative, is leading the effort to develop the curriculum of workshops and trainings to be offered at the academy, which is expected to launch in November 2018.

“By cultivating and enhancing leadership of Latina elected officials nationwide, our government will better reflect the diversity of its citizens,” said Sen. Torres Ray. “I am grateful for the opportunity to use my experience as Minnesota’s first Latina senator to inspire others to become leaders in our democracy and advance policy change. Latinas have earned a seat at the table and a chance to lead.”

NHCSL’s Summer 2018 newsletter, which features a photo of Sen. Torres Ray on its cover, shares the exciting news about the organization’s partnership with Rutgers University. Latinas are 1.3% of state legislators of all racial and ethnic backgrounds and are just 1.6% in Congress, underscoring the need for more balanced representation.

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Patricia Torres Ray represents District 63, which includes portions of southeastern Minneapolis and eastern Richfield in Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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