This Saturday, 2013 OSI Community Fellow, Lanaea Featherstone’s William & Lanaea C. Featherstone Foundation and the Consular Section of the Mexican Embassy will present a free financial empowerment conference at the University of Baltimore. “Mi Dinero, Mi Destino” is designed to provide the Latino community with practical skills to help shape personal financial decisions including budgeting, home purchasing and entrepreneurship. Six Latino students will receive the inaugural Featherstone Latino College Scholarships, a $2,000 merit-based award designed to increase Latino enrollment in higher education.
Catalina Rodriguez-Lima, director of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs (MIMA), and OSI-Baltimore leadership council member, will discuss Safe City Baltimore, the immigrant education and defense fund OSI founded in collaboration with MIMA. Safe City Baltimore will work to educate immigrant communities about their legal rights, help those with legal claims to stay in the US, and provide representation for those detained and facing deportation. Among the event’s other presenters are Cónsul Rafael Laveaga and Deputy Cónsul Mariana Diaz of the Mexican Embassy’s Consular Section,
Featherstone’s fellowship project, “Empowering Latinos One ‘Click’ at a Time,” trained members of the Latino community in computer basics, helping them navigate the internet, develop resumes and apply for jobs.