The National Conference of Puerto Rican Women (NACOPRW) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes Puerto Rican and other Hispanic women in their economic, social and political life in the United States and Puerto Rico. Throughout the years, NACOPRW has been recognized for its involvement in the community and efforts on women’s rights. We have other chapters throughout various states, including Chicago, DC Metro, Indiana, New York, Illinois, Philidelphia, and California. We also welcome men and women of all cultures to participate in our events and celebrations.
The mission of NACOPRW is to promote the advancement of Puerto Rican and other Hispanic women by providing personal and professional growth and development, educational opportunities, social responsibility through action, cultural pride, awareness and a more equitable participation in the economic and political life of the United States of America.
The 1st Generation of NACOPRW’s Miami Chapter
History of an Influential President
Founded in 1977, Miami Chapter’s first board was presided by Dr. Alicia S. Baró–who was born in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. Her family later moved to New York, where she graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Hunter College.
During the 50’s: she fought against the deplorable treatment of migrant workers in Miami and as a result, she helped form the Puerto Rican Democrats Organization.
Later, in the 70’sand 80’s: she became involved with women and black affairs, then became the founding member of the Coalition of Hispanic American Women (CHAW) and NACOPRW. She was also instrumental in obtaining funds to establish the Borinquen Health Care Center in 1973.
Her ongoing involvement with organizations such as ASPIRA of Florida and the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of South Florida–led the community to reward Alicia for all her efforts to empower women and raise awareness on key issues.
A few of those awards or honors include:
- 1980: Listed among the 272 women named in the Miami-Dade history book Julia’s Daughters
- 1983: The Distinguished Community Service Award from the National Urban Coalition in Washington, D.C.
- The 1989 Women of Impact Award by the Community Coalition for Women’s History Month
- 1994: The Charles Whited Spirit of Excellence Award from Miami Herald
- And in 1997: she was inducted into the State of Florida Women’s Hall of Fame
So it’s because of her impact that NACOPRW Miami proudly gives other influential and admirable women the annual “Alicia Baro Award” in her honor.
Miami Chapter’s 1st Board of Directors
Here’s a snapshot of the 1st Board, with Dr. Alicia Baro sitting in the middle.
Board Members (pictured from left to right):
- 2nd Vice President– Ruth Francis
- 1st Vice President– Ivette Arteaga-Morgan
- President– Dr. Alicia S. Baro
- Treasurer– Sonia V. Paniagua
- Secretary– Milagros “Millie” Aybar
- Delegate to National– Norah Venegas