Inspiration at LILTA Women's Conference

“Many young women need an advocate for them. We provide support and let them know they are not alone,” said Dafny Irizarry, LILTA President. “We inspire them to dream big.”
“Many young women need an advocate for them. We provide support and let them know they are not alone,” said Dafny Irizarry, LILTA President. “We inspire them to dream big.”
“The only factor that decides my future is me. If I'm willing to work hard and fight for it, I can achieve anything I want in my life.” – Brenda Saravia with Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy
“The only factor that decides my future is me. If I'm willing to work hard and fight for it, I can achieve anything I want in my life.” – Brenda Saravia with Walt Whitman Principal John Murphy

The Long Island Latino Teachers Association (LILTA) held a collaborative conference recently with Stony Brook University. “The presenters were all successful professionals in many different careers,” said South Huntington Social Worker Mr. Roberto Torres. “They presented as a panel discussion and spoke openly about the challenges and obstacles that they encountered as they made their way to successful careers.”

Our students came away deeply inspired from the day. One of those students, Brenda Saravia, was impressed with what she saw and experienced. “What I have learned from these wonderful and admirable women is to follow my dreams no matter what. When we as women have the desire to excel and grow as people, we need to do everything possible to reach our goal, no matter the cost. The end result will be worth it in so many ways,” said our Whitman sophomore.

“The presenters were from the world of Social Work, Technology, Medicine, Women’s Health, Communications, Business, and Sports,” said Mr. Torres, who was joined by other members of South Huntington’s Student Services team. “All of these women opened my eyes. They changed my way of thinking and increased my desire to grow as a professional and worthy person in society,” said Ms. Saravia.  “I have also learned that my immigration status, skin color, race or any other obstacle in my life is irrelevant. The only factor that decides my future is me. If I'm willing to work hard and fight for it, I can achieve anything I want in my life.”