It's been approximately five years since I came out to myself as a gay man. It was precisely during my masters studies in the United States, when I was first exposed to a truly open and diverse environment, that I was able to overcome all of my fears and hesitations to admit it. Because of this, when I first learned about the Legislative Fellows Program run by Partners of the Americas, I was doubtful of the impact that this program could have in my personal and professional life, since I'd already “lived the American experience”.
Partners of the Americas was saddened by the death of Clinton C. Crocker, founder and president of the New Jersey-Haiti Partners, who passed away on Oct. 9, 2014 at the age of 86. Born in Norfolk, VA, Sept. 7, 1928, moved at an early age to Schenectady, NY. Clinton attended and graduated from Westminster Choir College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then earned a Master of Arts from Kean College.
My name is Gracia Violeta Ross. I am from Bolivia and I have been living with HIV since 2000. I am the National Chair of the Bolivian Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS (REDBOL), which remains the strongest HIV advocacy organization. In October 2014, thanks to the Legislative Fellows Program supported by the State Department and with the administration of Partners of the Americas, I did my fellowship at AIDS United, an HIV organization based in Washington, D.C. that focuses on domestic policy-making in the United States.
A unique partnership among North Carolina State University, the University of Costa Rica and Chiquita Brands has come together and won a grant during the recently completed Santander Round of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund.
On May 23-24, Partners of the Americas and the Colorado Chapter of Partners hosted the What Works conference to celebrate all of the great work done by our volunteers and chapters over the last 50 years. The conference was the perfect combination of celebrating the past and planning for the future.
Leading up to Partners' "What Works" Regional Meeting, we will be featuring a series of "What Works" blog posts to share the outstanding projects, programs, and methodologies that our chapters worked on this past year. Read below to find out what worked for the North Carolina/Cochabamba Partnership!