Meaningful Proclamations Enable Latinas Welding Guild to Bloom Even More

Like their logo that reflects a welding helmet surrounded by bright yellow, orange, red, purple, and blue flowers, the Latinas Welding Guild Inc., Indianapolis, Ind., blossoms.

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Welding Digest ►  Meaningful Proclamations Enable Latinas Welding Guild to Bloom Even More

Like their logo that reflects a welding helmet surrounded by bright yellow, orange, red, purple, and blue flowers, the Latinas Welding Guild Inc., Indianapolis, Ind., blossoms.

 

Most recently, the City of Indianapolis joined the Latinas Welding Guild (weldingguild.com) in recognizing Women in Welding Month as April 2021 as well as Latinas in Welding Week from April 4 to 10, 2021 (Figure 1).

 

Signed by Mayor Joseph H. Hogsett, the proclamations point out welding careers play an integral role in keeping people/residents safe, advancing the quality of life across the globe/for those in Indianapolis; the guild’s history, including its establishment in 2017 as a nonprofit organization of Latina women in central Indiana who share a common interest in welding for creative or career opportunities; welding careers offer women, especially Latina women, economic mobility; the guild is a need-based program focused on creating barrier-less education and the advancement of women in a field that has been less accessible to them; and more.

 

“I think it’s important to shine a light on the welding industry and help show the community all the opportunities that can come from entering the industry, whether that’s traditional or nontraditional routes,” said Consuelo Poland, executive director of Latinas Welding Guild. “As women and minorities, we’re easily overlooked or not given credit for the work we’re doing or trying to do. These proclamations meant a lot to myself and our organization because we want to acknowledge that size, shape, color, ethnicity, education, and gender do not determine the ability to learn the skill. We also want to give lots of credit to not just the women in our group but [to] Indianapolis, Ind. Next year will be bigger and better for us and the proclamations!”

 

In addition, Poland, who also teaches welding at Arsenal Technical High School (ATHS), and Jonathan Garmany, a Certified Welding Inspector/ATHS welding instructor, assisted in achieving another City of Indianapolis proclamation. Youth in Welding Week, from April 19 to 26, 2021, honors the students and educators in the ATHS welding program. Here, Indianapolis Public School students have access to the training and education necessary for a welding career. By providing them entry to this program in high school, Indianapolis is hopeful to build a diverse talent pipeline for the welding field.

 

By continuing to provide a safe space to learn welding, seek scholarships, and get language support, the Latinas Welding Guild empowers students to take control of their careers as they enter the industry. The blooms are aplenty on many fronts.

FIGURE 1 LatinasFigure 1: Consuelo Poland, executive director of Latinas Welding Guild, proudly poses with proclamations from the City of Indianapolis declaring April 2021 as Women in Welding Month and April 4–10, 2021, as Latinas in Welding Week. (Photo courtesy of Consuelo Poland.)

 

This article was written by Kristin Campbell (managing editor of the Welding Journal) for the American Welding Society.