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Two staff members of the Webb County Heritage Foundation will travel to Washington, D.C. next week to attend the annual conference of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The NTHP is the national voice for historic preservation. WCHF Executive Director Margarita Araiza serves as an Advisor to the NTHP. This year, she was also asked to serve as a host at the Diversity Summit’s World Café which is a new part of the conference.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has invited leaders of top national organizations representing diverse constituencies for the 2015 PastForward Diversity Summit, “Telling America’s Full History: A Conversation on Diversity in Preservation.”
According to the NTHP: “For decades, many voices have not been represented within traditional boundaries of historic preservation, and important stories from our past have been overlooked. To ensure we capture the full American experience, the National Trust and key influencers will discuss ways to engage more diverse communities to protect historic places that tell the lesser known stories of our past.”
In addition to Araiza, the Heritage Foundation’s Archives Manager Christina Saucedo was awarded a full scholarship by the NTHP to attend the conference as a Diversity Scholar. “We are very proud that Christy’s work and experience is being recognized by a national organization,” said Araiza. “Out of 98 applicants for this scholarship, only 26 were selected. Moreover, this is the second time she has been awarded this opportunity.”
The Diversity Scholarship Program (DSP) supports attendance of community leaders new to preservation and emerging preservation professionals to the annual National Preservation Conference. DSP participants receive financial assistance in the form of complimentary registration and lodging to attend. To date, over 2,100 individuals from diverse socio-economic, racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds have participated in the program and have helped enrich the overall preservation movement by contributing a wide range of perspectives at the conference and in the field.