The Hispanic Women's Organization of Arkansas (HWOA) is a non-profit organization founded in July 1999 by a group of women, mostly Hispanic. The growth of the Latinx population in Northwest Arkansas has called for more participation and commitment from all its residents. Though predominantly Hispanic, HWOA members come from many backgrounds, creeds and cultures. Our diversity is our strength. The success of HWOA programs and events are a partial reflection of its affiliations with local, state, and national organizations. In 2001, HWOA was selected to participate in the Emerging Latino Communities Initiative (ELCI) of UNIDOS US Since October 1st, 2004, HWOA has been an affiliate of UNIDOS US, whose mission is to build a stronger America by creating opportunities for Latinos. We envision an America where economic, political, and social advancement is a reality for all Latinos, where all Hispanics thrive, and where our community's contributions are recognized. HWOA strives to enhance participation by Latinos in the community by opening channels for a better understanding across divergent cultures while bringing the diverse Northwest Arkansas community together. HWOA engages in activities that reflect our mission to advance educational opportunities for Hispanic women and their families, to celebrate and teach others about our cultures, and to become active participants in the community. HWOA appreciates and values harmony across cultures. Our programs and community events are based on respect for existing community traditions while introducing new elements of Latino cultures. These events reflect our motto of "Celebrating Education, Culture, and Community." HWOA is a non-discriminatory and all inclusive organization.
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