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File #: 23-0581    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Consent Calendar Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 11/3/2023 In control: FPD Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 11/14/2023 Final action: 11/14/2023
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE WORK OF MARITZA ROCHA WITH THE FOREST PRESERVES OF COOK COUNTY LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE NATURE CENTER WHEREAS, born and raised in Chicago, IL, Maritza Rocha's upbringing was influenced by her mother, a hard-working immigrant from Michoac?n, M?xico; and WHEREAS, growing up as a first-generation American in a close-knit, large family, Maritza learned early on the value of connection commitment; and WHEREAS, Maritza's studies concentrated on cultural and land preservation, health disparities, and the importance of green spaces within communities of color; and WHEREAS, one of Maritza's most significant career achievements was her role as the first Latina Nature Center Director of the Little Red Schoolhouse in the Forest Preserves of Cook County; and WHEREAS, at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Maritza oversaw 500 acres of enclosed forest lands and managed all operational needs in the interpretive nature center; and WHEREAS, Maritza has also i...
Sponsors: ALMA E. ANAYA
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

HONORING THE WORK OF MARITZA ROCHA WITH THE FOREST PRESERVES OF COOK COUNTY LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE NATURE CENTER

WHEREAS, born and raised in Chicago, IL, Maritza Rocha's upbringing was influenced by her mother, a hard-working immigrant from Michoac?n, M?xico; and

WHEREAS, growing up as a first-generation American in a close-knit, large family, Maritza learned early on the value of connection commitment; and

WHEREAS, Maritza's studies concentrated on cultural and land preservation, health disparities, and the importance of green spaces within communities of color; and

WHEREAS, one of Maritza's most significant career achievements was her role as the first Latina Nature Center Director of the Little Red Schoolhouse in the Forest Preserves of Cook County; and

WHEREAS, at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, Maritza oversaw 500 acres of enclosed forest lands and managed all operational needs in the interpretive nature center; and

WHEREAS, Maritza has also introduced culturally, spiritually, and nature-based curricula to a diverse audience, actively participated in various committees, and assisted in placing the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center as the World's Largest Urban Night Sky Place; and

WHEREAS, Maritza holds numerous certifications in conservation and eco-conservation and is also specialized in youth development, community engagement, and outreach; and

WHEREAS, Maritza has also launched after-school apprenticeship programs for under-resourced youth, providing pathways to careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) fields; and

WHEREAS, Maritza is Joven Noble and Escalera Certified, a Latinos Outdoor Chicago Chapter Leader, worked at Mujeres Latinas en Accion and on the Board of Directors for the Environmentalists of Color Networks; and

WHEREAS, Maritza is a leader in the Latinx communities who has also played a crucial role in developing informative curricula for Latinx youth, nurturin...

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