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2013 Young Latino Leaders Summit Series

Monday, April 15, 2013
Rayburn House Office Building
Rooms B338, B339 & B340

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.

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

Ensuring America’s Competitiveness: Latinos Solving the Workforce Crisis in the Oil and Natural Gas Industry”

Moderated by CHCI-API STEM Graduate Fellow Daniel Lind

Download file 2013 STEM Graduate Summit White Paper-Daniel Lind

Latinos are the fastest growing demographic, making up the youngest and largest minority labor pool. At the same time, the oil & gas industry is facing a crisis – over half of the technical workforce is set to retire in the coming decade, right at the cusp of an energy and economic boom, where the US is becoming energy independent – a notion thought impossible just a few years ago. The primary issue facing the Latino community is attaining the basic qualifications for these opportunities, which require at least a high school diploma at a time when Latinos have the lowest high school graduation rate. This panel will examine the energy workforce crisis taking place in the oil & gas industry today and the scramble to find talent, in time enough to keep America’s momentum on track to becoming an energy independent nation and how the Latino workforce explosion can meet these needs – if the education gap is filled. Join CHCI-API STEM Graduate Fellow Daniel Lind as he leads a discussion on the unique opportunity posed to the Latino community in taking advantage of the great changeover occurring in the energy industry and the educational challenges that lie directly in the path of furthering the economic development of the US.

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12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

“Promoting an Emerging Clean Energy Economy: Extending Renewable Energy Incentives”

Moderated by CHCI-Shell STEM Graduate Fellow Emma Lopez

Download file 2013 STEM Graduate Summit White Paper-Emma Lopez

Renewable energy provides the U.S. with energy security and independence, creates a cleaner and healthier environment, and fuels local economy while improving our standard of living. As indicated by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the rising demand for energy increases as the population continues to grow. The U.S. needs to plan accordingly to provide for the growing demand in energy. With federal incentives on renewable energy, the US has seen an increase in installation of solar and wind energy and a creation of jobs; unfortunately, many incentives have expired or will be expiring soon. This panel will examine policies and incentives on renewable energy and will identify opportunities to ensure long-term solutions for supporting renewables. Join CHCI-Shell STEM Graduate Fellow Emma Lopez as she leads a discussion on the benefits renewable energy is having for America and the necessary federal support required to continue seeing a growth in renewable energy and energy independence.

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

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

“Tolerance in Schools for Latino Students: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline”

Moderated by CHCI Law Graduate Fellow Jennifer Castillo

Download file 2013 Law Graduate Summit White Paper-Jennifer Castillo

The school to prison pipeline refers to the practice of pushing students out of educational institutions, primarily via zero tolerance and harsh disciplinary policies, and into the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems. Research shows that these policies have failed to make schools safer, and are linked to an increased likelihood of academic underperformance. Latinos and African American students are disproportionately represented at every stage of the school-to-prison pipeline. These students are far more likely than their white peers to face suspension, expulsion or arrests for the same school based infractions. This panel will examine the disproportionate impact harsh disciplinary policies have on Latino youth, and discuss possible solutions for dismantling this unjust system. Join CHCI Law Graduate Fellow Jennifer Castillo as she leads a discussion on how policy makers, community advocates, and school administrators can work together to change existing policies and practices to ensure that schools cease producing inmates; and, instead prepare students to succeed.

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12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

“Preventing Wealth Destruction: Protecting Latino Homeownership through Qualified Mortgages”

Moderated by CHCI Housing Graduate Fellow Alma Acosta

Download file 2013 Housing Graduate Summit White Paper - Alma Acosta

In response to the collapse of the housing market, stricter lending practices have become the common norm. As a result, individuals that traditionally would be considered "creditworthy" are being denied the opportunity to become homeowners since they do not fall in the top credit tier. Unfortunately, these stricter lending practices have made Latino Homeownership even less attainable. The Dodd Frank Act mandated for the creation of Qualified Mortgages (QM) as a way to prevent predatory lending and to further protect consumers. The QM ruling protects consumers while providing lenders underwriting standards that are not overly restrictive. This panel will examine new issues raised by the Qualified Mortgage ruling and the implications that must be addressed by the pending Qualified Residential Mortgage ruling and other factors that influence or deter Latino Homeownership. Join CHCI Housing Graduate Fellow Alma Acosta as she leads a discussion on protecting and promoting Latino Homeownership after the Dodd Frank Act and how the QM ruling and pending QRM ruling can facilitate future Latino Homeownership.

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2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

“The Farm Bill: An Opportunity to Address Latino Childhood Hunger through Public-Private Partnerships”

Moderated by CHCI- PepsiCo Foundation Health Graduate Fellow Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves

Download file 2013 Health Graduate Summit White Paper-Aurelia Aceves

16.2 million children in America struggle with hunger, and Latino children comprise about 40 percent of those who struggle. Struggling with hunger means these children lack the means to regularly obtain adequate, nutritious food. The Farm Bill and its Farmers Market Promotion Program provision have the potential to alleviate “food hardship” rates and consequently Latino childhood hunger if reauthorized, implemented and utilized fully. Implementation is important because Latino children are the future of the U.S. as they are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population--currently representing nearly 25 percent of all children under the age of five. Since Latino children experience hunger disproportionately, so do they experience its devastating impacts on the health, cognitive development, and social and emotional well-being. Within this context, Latino childhood hunger requires immediate and effective policy attention and action. Join CHCI-PepsiCo Foundation Health Graduate Fellow Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves as she leads a discussion on how the Farm Bill's Farmers Market Promotion Program can facilitate the public-private partnerships necessary to alleviate Latino childhood hunger in Congressional Hispanic Caucus districts, and ultimately across the country.  

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Rayburn House Office Building – Room B340
Higher Education, Secondary Education, and Housing Graduate Summits

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

“Latinos & The Pell Grant: Reassessing Policy Impact and Efficacy for the Next Generation of Latino Students”

Moderated by CHCI Higher Education Graduate Fellow Jose L. Plaza

Download file 2013 Higher Education Graduate Summit White Paper-Jose Plaza

Latino access to a quality education has been lauded as one of the single most important tools for upward mobility. Yet, with rising tuition costs and surmounting challenges in dealing with financial and institutional issues- Latino students are facing a bleak future in higher education. Data supports the urgency for efficient and timely intervention at federal and institutional levels to meet the demands of one of the fastest growing student populations. This expert panel will address the current state of affairs of the Latino student population, impact of the Federal Pell Grant program, and much needed reform to successfully address the shortcoming of the Pell Grant program. Join CHCI Higher Education Graduate Fellow Jose L. Plaza as he leads a discussion on the critical state of Latinos in higher education and the need to revamp and reassess the Federal Pell Grant in hopes of addressing shortcomings in the success of the burgeoning Latino student population. 

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12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Leading the Future: Rethinking Principal Preparation and Accountability Frameworks

Moderated by CHCI Secondary Education Graduate Fellow Nicolas Perilla 

Download file 2013 Secondary Education Graduate Summit White Paper-Nicolas Perilla

Nearly half of our nation’s schools are failing and low income children of color are being disproportionately affected as a result. Research has shown that 25 percent of the students' performance can be directly linked to the quality of the school’s principal. This fact means that a single person can determine one-fourth of a school’s overall impact on its students.  With nearly 50 million public school students, over three million public school teachers, and less than 100,000 school leaders, the quality of school leadership is a critical policy lever to consider in order to ensure the neediest students in this country receive the excellent education they deserve. Join CHCI Secondary Education Graduate Fellow Nicolas Perilla as he leads a discussion on the steps the federal and state governments can take to create a system that improves the quality school leaders across the country and serves students most in need.

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2:45 pm – 4:15 pm.

“Recovering the American Dream for Latino Families:  Expanding Affordable Homeownership through Public-Private Partnerships”

Moderated by CHCI Housing Graduate Fellow Adam Briones

Download file 2013 Housing Graduate Summit White Paper-Adam Briones

The panel will feature a discussion of the impact of the foreclosure crisis on homeownership in the Latino community, current affordable homeownership policy, and new public-private partnership strategies to promote affordable homeownership. Join CHCI-Housing Graduate Fellow Adam Briones as he leads a discussion on affordable homeownership in the Latino community.

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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

Should you have any questions, contact Caroline Gonzalez at 202-548-8786 or cgonzalez@chci.org


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