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Nita Gonzales

A proud Chicana born on the eastside of Denver, Nita credits her father’s influence for steering her course in the world, down a path for social justice and human rights. She also credits the influence of her mother, Geraldine Gonzales, her grandmother and her tías.  With such strong philosophical and intellectual influences, Nita became a teacher and a community activist. She served as president/CEO of the national model for Chicano/Mexicano and indigenous education at Escuela Tlatelolco Centro de Estudios, co-founded with her father. Her involvement in the Denver and Colorado communities far transcends the four-decade legacy of Escuela Tlatelolco. As a community organizer, Nita founded of the Denver Youth Employment and Education Task Force and the Chicano/Mexicano Education Coalition and co-founded the Colorado Latino Forum. Ms. Gonzales is the recipient of many awards and honors for her work in educational and community empowerment, including Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Denver and the first Colorado Latina named one of President Obama’s Champions for Change.