About UsLatina Women's League
Who We Are?
The Latina Women’s League (LWL) is a 501c3 nonprofit which was incorporated in 2005 to increase the understanding of Latinx experiences, histories, and cultures among North Central Florida residents. The League partners with community groups to host free public educational and cultural events, and promotes the educational, professional and personal advancement of Hispanic/Latinos in Alachua County.
This mission is accomplished through the following activities:
- Social activities
- Community service projects, including free English language and U.S. citizenship preparation classes, a Spanish-language book group, and a Children’s Spanish-language storytelling program.
- Annual Gainesville Latino Film Festival
- Mentoring and advocacy
Ericka Ghersi, president
Latina Women’s League/Gainesville Latino Film Festival
League members are men and women from myriad public and private sectors, including business, education, government, health and mental health organizations, among other walks of life.
Membership is open to individuals – regardless of age, national or ethnic origin, creed, disability, gender or sexual orientation – living in North Central Florida. Members share a desire to promote the educational, personal and cultural advancement of Latinos within Alachua County.
The Latina Women’s League is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is not affiliated with any political party, or religious entity. However, we are willing to participate and collaborate with different groups on community issues that pertain to Latino culture.
League’s Fundamental Principles
The Latina Women’s league was created as a forum for the discussion of the experiences of Latina women living in the United States. The league is open to all Latina women who live in the greater Gainesville, FL community.
The Latina Women’s League does not have any political or religious affiliations. However, this group is willing to participate and collaborate with different groups on issues that pertain to the Latino culture.
The Latina Women’s League will work with different group affiliations or programs within the community on issues affecting the Latino population.
Latina Women’s League & Gainesville Latino Film Festival Members
2022-2023 Board of Directors
- President: Ericka Ghersi
- Vice-president: Lillian Guevara-Castro
- Treasurer: Miryam Braun
- Events coordinator: Ellie Grosteffon
- Secretary: Amelia Dempere
Programs Directors & Coordinators
Health Project Director: Victoria Bird
The Health Project partners with the UF Equal Access Clinic Network, a free student-run clinic dedicated to serving children and families in need of health services. The mobile clinic is staffed by volunteer University of Florida medical students.
- English and Citizenship Classes Project: Cinthya Gaxiola
- Migrant Farm Workers Project: Victoria Gómez de la Torre
- Club del Libro: Martha Berdat
- Children’s Spanish-language Storytelling Program: Angela Mesia Ruíz