Recognize A Local Latina Hero

Remembering Our HERencia

The Latino Community Coalition would like to invite you to be part of Recordando Su HERencia. This project was meant to create a permanent physical representation of our community in public places.  We hope to activate and name an alleyway in downtown Grand Rapids after a woman from the Latinx community.  We will honor our rich history and the women to whom many families owe their legacies here in Grand Rapids.  

Instead of relying on accomplishments, awards, and other merits, as we are so often pressured to do by our host culture, we hope to celebrate women who were the first in their families to settle here.  We hope to elevate the stability they brought to their home, how they anchored the family for generations to come, and all the milestones and accomplishments for those generations we can now celebrate.

We would like to name this alley after a deceased Latina who lived in Grand Rapids and had a strong influence among her family and neighbors by sharing her values, culture, and traditions. Her story is our story. We want her story archived at our Cook Library for future generations to always remember her. This alley will also honor her legacy, honor her story, and who she was. If you would like to remember a Latina in your family, neighborhood, or community. We encourage you to submit your nomination on the Recordando Nuestra HERencia page on the screen. Another way to submit your nomination is by visiting the following partnering agencies. They have paper applications and can assist with filling the application out. 

The deadline to submit applications will be August 12, 2021

People who submit a qualified application (nominee is Latina, has passed away, and lived in Grand Rapids) will receive $100, and if the application is chosen as one of the five finalists, an additional $1,000.  The family of the woman selected by the community for the alley naming will receive a $5,000 prize.

We hope you can help us by bringing forth a woman from your family who has passed on but whose memory lives on in the minds and hearts of your family members. We want to honor the point of origin to which your family can trace their roots here in Grand Rapids.  

How to submit.

Register to submit your hero

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Submit your hero below

Please complete this form, sharing information about the Latina you would like to nominate for the Herencia project.  Attach any photos, videos, documents, or other materials that will help us know more about your loved Latina.  If you need help submitting this information, please contact

  • The Other Way Ministries ⬥ 710 Fulton st Grand Rapids, Mi 49504 ⬥ Cecibel Tejada
  • Hispanic Center of West Michigan ⬥ 1204 Grandville Ave SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503 ⬥ Evelyn Esparza
  • Latina Network of West Michigan ⬥ ⬥ 773-234-8577 – Vanessa Jimenez
  • La Casa de la Cobija ⬥ 2355 Division Ave SE Grand Rapids, Mi 49507 ⬥ Angelica Velazquez
  • Garfield Park Neighborhood Association ⬥ 334 Burton St SE Grand Rapids, Mi 490507⬥ Angela Cluley
  • Isabel Media Studios⬥818 Butterworth st SW Suite 10 Grand Rapids, Mi 49504 ⬥ Isabel Lopez
  • Grandville Ave Arts and Humanities ⬥ 644 Grandville ave SW Grand Rapids, Mi 49503 ⬥ Vanessa Cervantes



Who is eligible for nomination?

Any Latina woman in your family who has passed away, and lived in Grand Rapids.  We want to capture the stories of women who have shaped our city through the legacy of their families.

What happens after I nominate someone?

We are collecting women’s stories through Saturday, July 31, 2021 The Latino Community Coalition board will be choosing a few of these stories to explore further through interviews.  If your story is chosen, you will be contacted by August 20, 2021, to schedule additional conversations about your nominee.

What happens If I get Selected?

If you are selected as the top 5 families please block your schedule for Saturday, August 28th, 2021. This will be the day we will be recording your story.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

Email the Latino Community Coalition at or call/text Eleanor Moreno or Veronica Quintino-Aranda at 616-287-2092

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