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MESSAGE FROM C4D’s BOARD OF DIRECTORS & LEADERSHIP TRANSITION COMMITEE
Following an exceptional two years leading CT Students for a Dream (C4D), Camila Bortolleto and Anghy Idrovo will be stepping down as Co-Directors at the end of 2022. C4D is profoundly grateful for the leadership of Camila and Anghy, not only serving as Co-Directors for the past 2 years, but for their tenure with the organization since its inception. Through their leadership, C4D has continued to flourish as an organization despite the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has presented.
The Board of Directors, C4D Staff and Field Leaders stand ready to lead the organization and ensure that it maintains its stability through the leadership transition in anticipation of new leadership to take the reins. Over the next several months, with the help of our partners at Strategies for Social Change, LLC, we will be conducting a thorough search to find a new executive director, or co-executive directors, who will lead C4D in the next chapter of its work.
Camila, Anghy- on behalf of the entire Board of Directors and the Leadership Transition Committee, we express our deepest gratitude and appreciation to you both and wish you the best in your future endeavors.
Katherine Villeda, Yenimar Cortes, Brigith Rivera, Eric Cruz Lopez, Mega Otgonbayar, Omar Romandia, danilo machado
MESSAGE FROM CO-DIRECTORS
Dear C4D family,
It is with much gratitude and bittersweet excitement that we share that we will be transitioning out of our Co-Director roles with CT Students for a Dream this year as C4D undergoes a planned leadership transition. Camila will be transitioning out of her Co-Director role this summer and Anghy will be transitioning out of her Co-Director role by the end of the year. Over the next few months, C4D will be undergoing a leadership transition process to identify and hire C4D’s next Executive Director or Co-Director team to lead C4D and our team into our next chapter, with the aim to identify a candidate(s) during the Summer of 2022.
To lead this process, we have an active transition committee made up of staff, board, and youth field leaders who will work to ensure a successful hiring and transition process to the new leadership. To guide C4D, the committee is working with 2 expert consultants with experience in movement and co-directorship transitions. In order to create a membership led process, C4D has engaged our leadership and membership to gather feedback and input to inform and guide the job description, outreach plans, and assessment of candidates.
After serving in other C4D staff roles for several years, we stepped into the joint Co-Director role in March of 2020 just as the world was beginning to grapple with the COVID crisis. We are immensely proud of the work we have accomplished together in these last 2 years. We have successfully guided C4D through a year-long visioning process, expanded C4D’s staff to our largest team yet, successfully navigated during the COVID crisis to transition C4D’s programs from in person to online and back, as well furthering our active campaigns, #HUSKY4Immigrants and #CareNotCops. We leave C4D in a solid financial standing with a growing reserve fund to ensure that C4D continues to be a sustainable organization into its future. This transition comes at the right time, and we are excited and confident about the strength and future of C4D and youth organizing.
After celebrating C4D's 10 year anniversary in 2020 and as we head into the future, we are very excited for C4D's next chapter and proud of the strength of our team. We have confidence that our team will lead C4D into its next chapter with a strong vision and a deep commitment for C4D to keep flourishing into a sustainable power-building organization that will continue to create real change throughout Connecticut.
- Anghy Idrovo & Camila Bortolleto
Co-Directors, CT Students for a Dream
MESSAGE FROM ANGHY IDROVO CASTILLO, CO-DIRECTOR
The opportunity to lead CT’s only statewide undocumented youth-led organization, and to dedicate myself to protecting the rights and building the leadership of the CT’s immigrant community has been incredibly powerful and humbling.
My long time commitment to C4D started 10 years ago in 2012 when I first got involved as a highschooler through C4D’s high school presentations. Through C4D, I found a community that I thought didn't exist, a community where I was empowered to fight for my rights and the rights of my community. At the time, C4D was in its beginning stages of growth and little did I know that as I was supporting the growth and development of the organization, that the organization was doing the same for me.
Since 2012, I have played different roles in the organization. In 2017, I became a staff member as C4D’s first Campaign and Community Organizer, where I helped lead the #AffordToDream campaign victory that equalized access to $150 million in institutional financial aid for CT undocumented students. Although, I’m most proud of the organizing work I led in Danbury serving as the Danbury Youth Organizer, where I coordinated youth-led programming and empowered young people to become leaders in their schools and communities. Together, during our after-school program meetings, we reflected on racial justice through an immigration lense where we discussed colorism, anti-blackness, internalized racism and how this reflects in our daily lives. I know the impact of my work will live on in our current leadership and staff, many of whom are the young people that I supported and developed during this time.
My work has always and will continue to be guided by a drive to end the racist, anti-immigrant and xenophobic policies that hurt communities of color, and for immigrant youth to reach their fullest potential. My continued commitment to the immigrant rights movement doesn't end here. I look forward to continuing uplifting immigrant voices, generating awareness about the intersections of immigration, education, and race, and fighting for human rights no matter where I go.
Anghy Idrovo Castillo
CT Students for a Dream
MESSAGE FROM CAMILA BORTOLLETO, CO-FOUNDER & CO-DIRECTOR
I am honored to have served as the Co-Director alongside Anghy these last two years and am immensely proud of the work we have done together to lead C4D as Co-Directors.
In 2010, when 4 undocumented youth (myself, Carolina, Lorella, Hafid) gathered around a coffee table and started what would become CT Students for a Dream, I could never have imagined that the vision we spoke about that day would grow so much or that we would go on to build that vision into a powerful and sustainable organization. What we have accomplished and built together in these almost 12 years together has been beyond my wildest dreams.
Throughout my time at C4D since 2010, I have served in many roles, both volunteer and staff. From being part of the all-volunteer core leadership team that built C4D into a nonprofit before we had any staff, to leading the implementation of DACA clinics statewide, doing presentations to high schools, and hosting organizing meetings around the state. I started as staff in 2017 as C4D’s Campaign & Organizing Manager, where I had the privilege of leading C4D to our first major victory, our #AffordtoDream Campaign - a 6 year fight to win and pass a law for institutional college financial aid for undocumented students in CT’s public colleges and universities. This victory, as well as the power and community we built during that campaign, is one of my proudest moments in C4D and is emblematic of the commitment that C4D has to uplift and build the power of young people to create change.
In creating C4D we had the intention of creating a space where undocumented immigrant youth could exercise our voice, build community, create social change for immigrant communities in CT, and most of all, build a space where we belonged and where we could be our whole selves unapologetically and wholeheartedly. I am proud and honored to have played a role in creating this space over my time in C4D and will cherish the relationships I’ve built.
CT Students for a Dream