Guest Post by Juan Alanis (@JuanofWords)
A lot of people often wonder what is LATISM? We know because we get this question all of the time both online and offline. Sure, for all of us who have been longtime members, it’s surprising that not everyone knows about LATISM yet, but then again we’re still growing. Now as Chapter Director for the new LATISM Houston Chapter, I can definitely understand how difficult it can be to cohesively explain all that LATISM represents. So I decided to put together this short list of 10 things we should all know about LATISM. Espero les sirva de algo.
1. LATISM stands for Latinos In Social Media
2. We are, in fact, the largest organization of Hispanics engaged in social media. Our network has over 140,000 members nationwide
3. We are a 501(c) 4 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the social, civic and economic status of the Latino community
5. You don’t have to be Latino or Latina to be a part of the LATISM network. We are open to all! And no, you don’t have to speak Spanish [though Spanglish does help, jeje]
6. LATISM seeks to equip our members with the tools they need to transform their communities by integrating community and networking resources that enable our members to make choices, take part in actions and decisions that affect their lives, and become agents for change. Our mission’s pillars: Education, Health, Technology, Economic Development and Civic Engagement
7. Our weekly online Fiestas are every Thursday beginning at 9 p.m. EST until our last guest has left, or until we have to go to sleep… whichever comes first! Anyone is welcome to join us for these tweet chats. To do so simply use and follow the #LATISM hashtag and hostess @ergeekgoddess during this time. We like chatting and talking about everything. Each week we usually have a theme
8. Our 13 local chapters support the Mission of LATISM at the local level, creating opportunities and resources for their local communities. Connect with them at a city near you!
9. Besides our national blog, each of our chapters has their own local blog where they cover events and activities in their respective cities. Links to each chapter’s blog are here
10. LATISM has been hailed as the most influential online movement in the new multicultural Web