Dayana Huerta

Community Liaison and Compañera

from Dayana...

I was first drawn to Taller de José because I related to the accompaniment of people in our community. Being a first-generation Mexican-American daughter, I grew up feeling a certain responsibility to advocate for my parents in a country that they did not know, and where it felt like almost everyone spoke a language that they did not speak. It was a lot of pressure for me as a child, but now as an adult, I am grateful for those experiences because through them I was able to find a vocation in community advocacy. I am excited to be a part of Taller de José and to get to walk alongside people in the community who are in need. We are not meant to make it through struggle alone and I am here to serve people in whatever ways I can.



March 2017

Became a member of Latino-led nonprofit organization, Iskali, as a volunteer community coordinator.

May 2022

Participated in the Dialogue with Catholic Leaders from the Multicultural Church conference at the University of Notre Dame, representing the Hispanic community.

August 2022

Joined Taller de José as a Compañera.

October 2023

Added to her role as a Compañera by also becoming Taller’s Community Liaison. 

January 2024

Became a Notary Public for the State of Illinois.