Top Latina bloggers were invited to the White House this past weekend, where they were given insight into professional development by a panel of key female executives, as well as given a policy brief covering education and health, reports NBC Latino. Cecilia Munoz, the Director of Domestic Policy at the White House, opened the policy speech by talking about education and student loans. After, Lisa Pino, the deputy administrator of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, talked more about health, nutrition and school food program changes.
The bloggers, who were chosen according to traffic numbers and content, were invited to the event by Latinos in Social Media (LATISM), a nonprofit which boasts the most members of professional Hispanics engaged in social media. Many took to Twitter, live-tweeting the event with the hashtag #LATISMattheWH
“As bloggers we have a lot to say and our voices are not only being heard in the blogging community but now we’ve brought it to the attention of the White House,” said Angelica Perez to NBC Latino. Perez is the founder of New Latina. Other involved bloggers included: Elisa Batista of momsrising.org, Ana Flores of spanglishbaby.com, Ruby Wright of www.growingupblackxican.com, Silke McDowell of growingbilingual.com and Monica Vila of theonlinemom.com.
It’ll be interesting to see if other Latina blogger events will happen in the future and what the topics will cover. (Maybe culture or fashion?) Are Latinas on their way to recognition for their online presence? Sure seems that way!
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