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 Latino Leaders Summit Series

Monday, September 12, 2011
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday Summit Descriptions



 

CREATING A DIVERSE AND HIGH QUALITY TEACHING WORKFORCE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
led by Rep. Rubén Hinojosa and Res. Comm. Pedro Pierluisi

This panel will share their perspectives on strategies for building a diverse and high quality teaching workforce that is prepared to serve the educational needs of our nation's English Language Learners and Latino students in the 21st Century to ensure that they succeed in school and in life.

Moderator: Jim Ferg-Cadima, Regional Counsel, MALDEF

Panelists:
Dr. Rosalinda Barrera, Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director of the English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education
Lily Eskelsen, Vice President, National Education Association
Dr. Robert Nelsen, President, Univeristy of Texas-Pan American (UPTA)
Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
Luis Zayas-Seijo, Vice President for National and International Affairs, Ana G. Mendez University System

 

 

 

 

 

SALUD MENTAL: SCHOOL-BASED MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH
led by Rep. Grace Flores Napolitano
sponsored by: Baxter

This summit will focus on the importance and need for school-based mental health services to begin addressing mental health issues among youth. Suicide is currently the third leading cause of death for youth ages 15-24 years old. Reports find that 21% of Latina females in grade 9-12 reported seriously considering suicide. Panelists will discuss school based mental health programs that help to rid the stigma associated with mental illness by properly educating youth on what to do and where they can go to get help.

Panelists:
Dr. Olga Acosta Price, Director, Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, Associate Professor, Department of Prevention and Community Health, The George Washington University
Reynaldo Casas, Manager, Government Relations, Viacom
Dr. Rosa Gil, Founder and President of Comunilife, Inc.
Mia St. John, Mental Health Advocate, Former Boxing Champion

 

 

REDISTRICTING: STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
led by Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez

The summit will focus on the status of redistricting efforts across the country as a result of the 2010 Census. Several key states gained additional congressional seats as a result of the dramatic increase in the Latino population. Panelists will discuss some of the political and legal challenges facing policymakers and the courts as they work to create new districts that adequately account for the growth in the Latino population.

Panelists:
Kimball Brace, President, Election Data Services Inc.
Mark Hugo Lopez, Pew Hispanic Center
Cathy McCully, Chief Census Redistricting Data Office, Census Bureau
Thomas Saenz, President & General Counsel, MALDEF
Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, NALEO

 

 

 

 

 

BORDER ECONOMY AS A MODEL FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
led by Rep. Silvestre Reyes
sponsored by: Western Union

This summit will explore the current strengths and challenges facing the U.S.-Mexico border’s economies and what is needed to bring economic prosperity and peace to the region.  Ideas, policies, and actions are needed in the U.S. Mexico and Latin American region that have the long term interest of the entire region and its millions of peoples. This discussion will address the current security and immigration situation in these highly integrated economies and societies.

Panelists:
Nelson Balido, President, Border Trade Alliance
Michael C. Carmuñez, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Market Access and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce
Mike Dipp, Plaza Properties, El Paso, TX
Pedro Garza, Regional Director, Southern Region, U.S. Economic Development Corporation
Kevin Johnson, USA Today
Isaac A. Reyes, Director Congressional & Public Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Simon Rosenberg, President and Founder, NDN
Al Zapanta, President, U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce

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