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2012 Young Latino Leaders Summit Series

Monday, April 16, 2012
Rayburn House Office Building
Rooms B338, B339 & B340
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Each year, CHCI Graduate Fellows engage in a public policy research project that culminates in the Young Latino Leaders Summit Series.

During the Summit Series, each fellow organizes and moderates a public policy roundtable discussion on insightful and timely issues affecting the Latino community and the nation.  CHCI Fellows select a topic from their specific areas of focus—education, health, housing, law, or STEM.  These discussions are held on Capitol Hill, where members of Congress, Congressional staffers, public policy experts, national leaders and other changemakers are invited to attend.

Join the 2011-12 CHCI Graduate Fellows and special guests on April 16 for these in-depth discussions on critical issues. 
Register now to attend this event.

Summit Series Agenda

STEM Summits

Law, Housing, and Health Summits

Education Summits


Rayburn House Office Building – Room B338
STEM Graduate Summits

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

The Growing Hispanic Population and the Implications on the Oil and Natural Gas Industry
Moderated by CHCI-API STEM Graduate Fellow Omar De Leon

As the largest and fastest growing minority group, Latinos will have an important role in how we address our energy challenges.  Latinos will be the source of a significant portion of the nation’s increased energy demand into the future.  Additionally, as the main driver of the nation’s workforce growth into the next decade, the ability for Latinos to succeed in STEM fields will be critical for America’s competitiveness, including that of the oil and natural gas industry.  This will ultimately affect how well the industry can meet future demand for increased domestic production and increase America’s energy independence.  Join CHCI-API STEM Graduate Fellow Omar De Leon as he leads a discussion on the energy consumption and workforce trends of the growing Latino community and how we can address underlying issues in order to ensure America’s future energy security.

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12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Overcoming Environmental Injustices: Getting Latino Kids Outdoors
Moderated by CHCI-Shell STEM Graduate Fellow Melissa Ocana

Many Latino children face barriers to outdoor activity resulting in a disservice to the Latino community.  Outdoor activity promotes critical-thinking skills, academic improvements, and formative experiences that can create interest in the sciences and stewardship of the local environment.  Given the lack of Latino representation in STEM fields, we should consider promotion of outdoor activity and education as another means to increasing STEM engagement.  Join CHCI-Shell Graduate STEM Fellow Melissa Ocana as she leads a discussion on ways to promote outdoor activity among Latino youth, including existing legislative, nonprofit, and federal agency programs.

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2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

STEM Education and STEM Careers: Not Just Inputs and Outputs
Moderated by CHCI-Motorola STEM Graduate Fellow Chelsea Martinez

As the largest and fastest growing minority group in the United States, Latinos have also demonstrated the highest growth in higher education enrollment over the past decade.  However, very little of this growth has been in the majors and programs that confer skills in STEM fields.  A majority of Latino students begin their college experience in community college; addressing STEM gaps at this level is just one lever towards smoothing the connection between the college experience to 21st century jobs.  Join CHCI-Motorola STEM Graduate Fellow Chelsea Martinez as she leads a discussion of the current STEM educational landscape and how reforms in teaching, training, and transfer will support the development of a strengthened Latino STEM-capable workforce.

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Rayburn House Office Building – Room B339
Law, Housing, and Health Graduate Summits

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Law Graduate Summit
Recent State Voting Laws: A Barrier to the Latino Vote?
Moderated by CHCI Law Graduate Fellow Jessica González

The Latino population has gained heightened attention as the 2012 elections approach. Similarly, state voting laws have become a hotly debated topic, in and outside the courtroom, after 17 states passed laws to restrict virtually all stages of the voting process. With more aggressive measures seen in states with large or rapidly growing Latino populations and the indication that they will disproportionately impact low-income voters, it becomes clear that Latinos—who tend to have higher poverty and lower participation rates than any other voting population—will bear the costs. Given the impact that the laws could have on the ability for Latinos to effectively participate and utilize the voting potential garnered as Latino youth turn 18, it is imperative that pressure be placed on the Administration and lawmakers in order to preserve Latinos' rights and representation in the electorate.  Join CHCI Law Graduate Fellow Jessica González, as she leads a discussion on voting rights issues in the 2012 elections cycle.

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12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Housing Graduate Summit
Latino Homeownership after the Collapse: Mitigating Foreclosures and Wealth Loss in our Hardest Hit Communities
Moderated by CHCI Housing Graduate Fellow Janel Gomez

The Latino community has been disproportionally affected by the foreclosure crisis and have lost 60 percent of its wealth since the housing crisis began. As foreclosure mitigation programs are ramped up, including expenditure of $25 billion in Mortgage Settlement Funds, it is vital to address the needs of our hardest hit communities and communities of color.  Join CHCI Housing Graduate Fellow Janel Gomez as she leads a discussion on how foreclosure mitigation efforts can address devastating effect on homeownership and wealth loss in Latino Communities.

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2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Health Graduate Summit
Food Deserts, Childhood Obesity, and the Latino Community: Strategic Public-Private Partnerships
Moderated by CHCI-PepsiCo Foundation Health Graduate Fellow Nicole Burda

In the near future, the negative effects of obesity have the potential to ripple throughout the nation, precipitating a tsunami of healthcare costs and contributing to stunted economic growth and national progress.  Increasing access to healthy food in underserved areas is a critical component of any comprehensive effort to improve public health and reverse the obesity epidemic.  The prevalence of obesity among Latino children and youth cannot be ignored, as Latinos are the fastest growing and most populous ethnic minority group in the United States.  Join CHCI-PepsiCo Foundation Health Graduate Fellow Nicole Burda as she leads a discussion on the current food desert landscape and obesity epidemic, and promising strategies which facilitate strategic private-public partnerships and build on community assets to improve accessibility of healthy food.

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Rayburn House Office Building – Room B340
Education Graduate Summits

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Secondary Education Graduate Summit
Analysis of Flexibility Waivers, Process and Impact on English Language Learners
Moderated by CHCI Secondary Education Graduate Fellow Gisela Ariza

The flexibility waiver is a controversial proposal that aims to provide states with the flexibility to create positive academic outcomes as an alternative to the burdensome constraints created by the No Child Left Behind Act.  During this critical time, it is essential to investigate how this affects English Language Learners (ELL).  Reliable assessments are a crucial part of assisting ELLs to succeed in the classroom.  Although the flexibility waivers are intended to protect students, set high standards, and provide flexibility to states, the waiver application is an in-depth document that needs to be fully evaluated.  Ensuring that states follow through with their proposals will be the most difficult task for the Department of Education.  Join CHCI Secondary Education Graduate Fellow Gisela Ariza as she leads her analysis of flexibility waivers, as well as the process and impacts on English Language Learners.

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12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Higher Education Graduate Summit
Latinos in Private For-Profit Institutions and College Completion
Moderated by CHCI Higher Education Graduate Fellow Enrique Soto

As Latinos become the fastest growing minority in the United States, there is a corresponding increase in Hispanic enrollment at institutions of higher education.  With limited enrollment space at many public colleges and universities, there is a growing trend in Latino student enrollment at for-profit schools.  While for-profit institutions are capable of serving the increasingly diverse population, educational outcomes of Hispanic students enrolling at four-year, for-profit institutions remain stagnantly low.  Join CHCI Higher Education Graduate Fellow Enrique Soto as he leads a discussion on how for-profit institutions affect Latino higher education enrollment and completion.

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2:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Secondary Education Graduate Summit
Professional Development: The Importance of Preparing Teachers to Educate Vulnerable Populations
Moderated by CHCI Secondary Education Graduate Fellow Blanchi Roblero

In the midst of current education budget discussions, the teaching profession has been targeted for not closing the educational achievement gap or preparing America’s students and future workforce to be successful in a global economy.  States have failed to adequately prepare teachers to educate Americans, in particular vulnerable populations like English Language Learners (ELL).  Join CHCI Secondary Education Graduate Fellow Blanchi Roblero as she leads a an education discussion on how the education system can address the needs of English Language Learners.

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Demonstrate Your Support of the Young Latino Leaders Summit Series

Sponsorships of the Young Latino Leaders Summit Series in the public policy area of the sponsor’s choice offer the following benefits:

  • Signage at the summit venue
  • Opportunity to make two-minute opening remarks and introduce summit participants
  • Company listing on GFP website
  • Company logo in program and signage as summit sponsor
  • Company recognized as sponsor in CHCI eNews feature about the Young Latino Leaders Summit Series


Contact William Gil at 202-548-5874 or wgil@chci.org for details.

 

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