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La RED TIG was formally founded in December 2014. The TIG was conceptualized at AEA Evaluation 2012 when a group of emerging Latina/o evaluators gathered in recognition of the need for increasing Latina/o visibility in AEA and to create spaces for evaluation discourse that is culturally responsive to Latina/0-serving communities and programs. The group began to engage as a workgroup and developed proposals to promote Latina/o issues in evaluation. Members of the core Latina/o evaluators cadre included: Dr. Arthur E Hernandez, Dr. Lisa Aponte-Soto, Gabriela L. Garcia, Dr. Maria B. Jimenez, Saúl I. Maldonado, and Dr. Leah C. Neubauer. The group reconvened at AEA Evaluation 2013 and Evaluation 2014 to enlist broader participation from Latina/o evaluators who lived experiences position them to practice evaluation through a culturally responsive lens.

Vision: LA RED is committed to a state of the art Latina/o evaluation practices informed by culturally responsive theory and inquiry in all situations and circumstances.

Mission:
The mission of LA RED is to increase representation, engagement and leadership of Latina/o and other evaluators in theory, research and practice of culturally responsive evaluation especially involving the Latina/o community through the development of sustainable avenues for the development and application of Latina/o responsive evaluation theory and practice.

Values:

  1. TRUST - the confidence that comes from demonstration of validity, appropriateness and meaningfulness.
  2. OPENNESS - sharing broadly and without reservation in easily accessible ways the information and ideas related to best practice Latina/o evaluation.
  3. INCLUSION - the determination a priority that all voices matter and the deliberate effort to hear and consider those voices in decision making related to individual and collective effort.
  4. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY - the acknowledgment to the primary of concerns for real and long-term welfare of individual and collective others.
  5. INTEGRITY - the decision to be consistent to and with values and purpose in all things and communities. 
  6. COMMUNITY - the prioritization of common wellbeing over individual interest, advantage or agenda.  
  7. SUSTAINABILITY -  endeavoring always to build, develop, organize and operate in a manner which is maintainable and responsible and consistent with organizational values. 
Goals:
  1. Build collaborative cross cultural discourse to support Latina/o responsive evaluation.
  2. Identify and apply appropriate theory to the practice and study of evaluation of activities and services with and for Latina/o populations.
  3. Establish a network of likeminded scholars and practitioners who are appropriately skilled for the evaluation work with Latina/o populations.  
AEA365
Calling all Evaluators! Please, Submit to AEA365 which is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and is dedicated to highlighting Hot Tips, Cool Tricks, Rad Resources, and Lessons Learned for evaluators. 

 September is La RED’s feature week in AEA365 
 Guidelines for submissions 


Also, remember we have our 
La
 RED TIG Calls

Fourth Wed of each month @ 4 PM EST/3 PM CST/1 PM PST


Participants: All TIG members

February 27th
April 24th
June 26th
August 28th
October 23rd
December TBD


La RED TIG Leadership
We have an energetic and committed group of diverse people
(who all have a great sense of humor) running this TIG.
They include the following fabulous folks:

Leadership: Grisel M. Robles-Schrader (TIG Co-Chair), David Garcia – New TIG Co-Chair, Art Hernandez (TIG Advisor)
Education Work Group Managers: Asma Ali, Lisa Aponte-Soto, Juan De La Cruz, Ammy Senna
Social Work Group Managers: Yamelith Aguilar, Gabriela Cervantes, Saúl Maldonado
NDE Lead Editors: Wanda Casilla and Lisa Aponte-Soto