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Hillsboro Library Board Member Felicita Monteblanco Receives Honor
Hillsboro Library Board Member Felicita Monteblanco honored by the American Association of University Women of Oregon.
Felicita Monteblanco received the Breaking Barriers Achievement Award from The American Association of University Women of Oregon at their annual conference on April 13, 2019. The Hillsboro Library Board Member was recognized for her advocacy work on behalf of Oregon’s Latina woman and girls.
Monteblanco has a deep resume of advocacy work including creating Latinx Social Hour, a community event program focused on social justice issues, including transgender justice and building relationships with diverse neighborhoods and communities. “As a Hillsboro Library Board member, Felicita is a tireless crusader for our underserved community members and an incredible library champion,” said Hillsboro Library Director Stephanie Chase.
The Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation Policy and Advocacy Officer, Monteblanco also spearheaded RISE: Reach. Inspire. Support. Engage. the clinic’s first internal civic leadership program. Designed exclusively for Virginia Garcia staff, the program supports a path for participants to become community activists and decision makers.
Monteblanco was recently selected to take part in the Oregon health Authority’s DELTA program for equity leaders, where she will facilitate access to education and champion often overlooked voices and perspectives to decision makers. She is also the first Latina elected to Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District’s Board of Directors where she advocates for expanding community engagement to underserved populations.
The Breaking Barriers Award is an annual honor bestowed by AAUW of Oregon to an Oregon woman, not currently an AAUW member, who has exemplified AAUW’s mission in a demonstrative way and positively impacted women and girls in the areas of equity and/or education. AAUW is a national organization that was founded in 1881. It is a non-profit organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research.