L&IFE: Latinx & Indigenous Future Educators
Latinx & Indigenous Future Educators (L&IFE) is a student-led organization for future educators who identify as Latinx and/or Indigenous and seek an affinity space, guidance and assistance, and mentorship from L&I faculty and staff.
Did you know:
- 9% of US teachers identify as Latinx and 1% as Indigenous
- 17.1% of Georgia students identify as Latinx and 0.2% as Indigenous
- 2.6% of Georgia teachers identify as Latinx and 0.2% as Indigenous
Membership is free and open to VSU future educators who identify as Latinx and/or Indigenous. Other interested parties can complete the interest survey below and receive general information to participate in support of our mission.
L&IFE Club Mission
The L&IFE Club mission is a community built to support and retain Latinx and Indigenous (L&I) future educators, celebrate L&I identity, and advocate for racial equity in Georgia schools to help liberate our peoples' from inherited systems of US oppression.
The L&IFE club is to build professional acumen, facilitate career development opportunities, and foster a sense of community among future Latinx educator students at the undergraduate levels at Valdosta State University.
- Affinity space for Latinx teachers and educators
- Receive guidance and assistance from Latinx education professionals
- Access to teacher/education professional development and training
- Support to organize for resistance, advocacy, and activism
Diversity Equity Harmony Scholarship
Keeping with the tradition of mestizos and mestizajeas (Martínez-Echizábal, 1998), L&IFE uses the term "Latinx" to acknowledge that our varying of dynamic cultures are not one solid, static caste designation, and is also a refusal to conform to global or US racial and social binaries (Bowels, 2018 https://davidbowles.medium.com/mexican-x-part-x-what-the-hex-a-latinx-706b64dafe22)
Program Majors & Degrees
L&IFE club members will benefit from the mentorship of Latinx professors of their similar background to obtain degrees not limited to and within the following programs:
Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Science in Education Dual Degree
English and Secondary Education
History and Secondary Education
Bachelor of Science in Education
Health and Physical Education
Middle Grades Education
Special Education: Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Take a short interest survey
regarding the student's perspective on how L&IFE can grow as a Latinx club.