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Hendel Leiva is Long Island Wins’ community organizer, heading the Welcoming Long Island initiative, which is part of the national Welcoming America movement, since 2012. Hendel’s early work began when he became involved with several local community initiatives in his hometown of Brentwood, which included working with the neighborhood collaborative Brentwood Gardens, and serving as the assistant campaign manager for the Brentwood Campaign For Quality Education.

In 2010, he graduated from the SUNY University of Albany with a bachelor’s degree in English, and in 2012, he received his master’s degree in public administration from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Working to create more inclusive communities on Long Island for both immigrants and U.S.-born Americans, Hendel has represented Welcoming Long Island at the White House’s Convening on Immigrant Integration, has been a featured speaker at Welcoming America’s 2014 Leaders Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, and has been profiled by MTV’s Look Different campaign during Welcoming America’s 2014 National Welcoming Week celebration.

Latest Posts by Hendel Leiva
A “Welcoming” Thank You To Long Island Wins
Posted on May 15, 2015
Suffolk Police Meet With Community to Discuss Body Cameras
Posted on May 5, 2015
White House Recognizes Welcoming Communities Are Stronger Communities
Posted on April 17, 2015
Long Island Wins to Host a Screening and Panel on ‘Documented’ at SUNY Stony Brook
Posted on March 23, 2015
Immigrant Flavor, Entrepreneurial Spirit: How Gallo is Leading the Way in Patchogue
Posted on February 3, 2015
St. Joseph’s to Host First-Ever Long Island Screening of ‘Documented’
Posted on October 22, 2014
Define American: Celebrating a Marriage of Cultures
Posted on October 16, 2014
Unity and Compassion the Focus of National Welcoming Week on Long Island
Posted on September 24, 2014
Define American: Maylan Studart’s International Legacy and American Success
Posted on September 4, 2014
A Time for Welcoming and Opportunity
Posted on August 27, 2014
Scoring a Goal for Peace
Posted on August 19, 2014
White House and Welcoming America Affiliates Share Ideas for Immigrant Integration
Posted on July 25, 2014
A One-of-Kind Welcoming Networking Experience in Patchogue
Posted on June 25, 2014
Special Thanks to Welcoming Long Island Supporters
Posted on May 16, 2014
iNation Goes Live at Kickoff Event on Ellis Island
Posted on May 12, 2014
Suffolk County Police Sergeant Arraigned For Targeting And Stealing Cash from Latino Motorists
Posted on March 24, 2014
Patchogue Embraces Black History
Posted on March 10, 2014
Long Island “Gran Baile De Carnaval” Pageant and Celebration
Posted on March 6, 2014
Teaching Police Sensitivity in Suffolk County
Posted on February 26, 2014
Estoy Enamorado: A Valentine’s Day Call for Immigration Reform
Posted on February 14, 2014
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