2018/19 ILI Fellows Cohort, Partners and Facilitators at ILI San Antonio intensive. Photo: Melisa Cardona
Each part of the San Antonio intensive was designed to help the ILI Fellows cohort continue to ground their experience in the same four core topics addressed in the first two intensives in Lakota Territory and Hawaiʻi: Who We Are, Where We Are, How We Work, Why We Matter. The difference in this third convening was a focus on exploring some of the changes that Fellows would want to create and exploring the breadth of intervention required toward realizing them using emotional intelligence to focus on personal qualities such as initiative, empathy, adaptability, resilience, and persuasiveness as a guide.
“We aspire to achieve understanding to help us imagine a future where the artistic and cultural expressions of our communities are fully valued.”
Guest presenters provided model perspectives on leadership and interculturality – as they did at ILI Lakota and ILI Hawaiʻi. Topics ranging from “Latinidad & Interculturality” to what makes a good ally were complemented with local arts & culture experiences such as an exhibition reception at Presa House Gallery featuring local artists including ILI Fellow Suzy Gonzalez. Discussions on Citizenship, Migration & Immigration and a visit to the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center (directed by ILI Fellow Alum from 17/18 Graciela Sánchez) gave Fellows time for thoughtful learning and reflection. Chef Adán Medrano led a cooking demonstration as part of a session on “The History of Texas Mexican Food & How it Impacts Identity & Community” – continuing the food sovereignty connections made at each of the prior ILI intensives.