2011 Young Latino Leaders Summit Series

Join Members of Congress, national leaders, subject matter experts and the 2010-2011 CHCI Graduate Fellows on April 13 & 14, 2011, for in-depth discussions on some critical issues facing the Latino community in the areas of education, health, housing, law, and science, technology, engineering, & math (STEM). Each year, CHCI's graduate level Fellows organize and moderate summits on insightful and timely policy issues affecting Latinos and the nation.
 Wednesday, April 13, 2011
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, SVC 215
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9:00 am - 9:30 am Welcome Breakfast

9:30 am - 10:45 am Secondary Education Summit
Conventional High Schools Facing Crisis
Instead of preparing the nation's next generation of leaders for a knowledge economy, America's high schools are hemorrhaging talent at the rate of more than 1.2-million dropouts each year. Currently, only 57.8 percent of Latinos students graduate on time. With the dramatic growth in the Latino population and the realities of global competitiveness, it is imperative that we significantly increase the number of Latinos ready to assume leadership positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

11:00 am - 12:15 pm Housing Summit
The Future of Latino Homeownership
This summit will address the future of middle-class Latino homeownership and offer new considerations to housing industry professionals, educators and policymakers. Our expert panelists seek to examine the current status of homeownership and opportunities for wealth building, and will provide insight into how to secure the future of middle-class Latino homeownership.

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) Summit
Encouraging Science and Technology Education and Careers Among Latinos
Concerns about U.S. competitiveness have been raised since the end of the Cold War. Recent reports demonstrate that American students' performance in science and mathematics is lagging when compared to other countries. Latinos are not immune to this indicator; they underperform on science and mathematics proficiency tests. As the fastest growing minority group, the competiveness of the United States in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) will be constrained by the Latino population if the current course isn't altered.

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Law Summit
The Over and Under Identification of English Language Learners Into Special Education
English Language Learner students face greater rates of both over- and under-identification for special education.  Students can be over-identified as requiring special education in part due to difficulties in their English language acquisition.  Conversely, the same group faces risks of under-identification for needed services because genuine disabilities may be attributed to language acquisition difficulties.  In either instance misidentification is problematic particularly for the Latino community—as its school age population will continue to increase.  Most troubling is that practices which identify students in either category are in direct conflict with Federal law.


Thursday, April 14, 2011
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Congressional Meeting Room North 

9:00 am - 9:30 am Welcome Breakfast
9:30 am - 10:45 am Health Summit
Developing a Latino Serving Health Care Workforce In the Era of Health Reform
As the largest and fastest growing minority group with the highest rate of uninsurance, Latinos face challenges in attaining culturally-competent health care in the United States. As we move forward with the implementation of the health reform law, it is imperative to address how the current and future health care workforce will deliver culturally and linguistically appropriate care to Latinos.

11:00 am - 12:15 pm Housing Summit 
Citizen Engagement: Inclusion of the Public in Its Policies
Transparency, public participation, and collaboration are key tenets of American democracy. Yet, even in our social networking and digital media age, public officials often find it difficult to engage their fellow citizens on important issues. When done successfully, however, such partnership adds legitimacy and quality to government action.

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Higher Education Summit 
College-Ready, Set, Go Graduate: Hispanics in Education and the President's 2020 College Completion Goal
At present, one in three individuals entering the job market is Hispanic/Latino.  It is anticipated that this number will grow to one in two within the next twenty years.  Furthermore, four in 10 new jobs this decade will require advanced training or a college education. By 2020, the same year the Obama Administration has set for its national education goal, it is projected that 80 percent of jobs will require a college degree. Leading foundations—like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation for Education—have further highlighted the need to increase college graduation rates to 60 percent from current national averages that now hover in the 30s, with a significantly lower rate (16 percent) for Hispanics.  This summit will focus on the current educational degree attainment levels for the Hispanic/Latino community and identify comprehensive, data-driven policy recommendations to guide the country’s fastest growing minority group to achieve the nation’s college graduation goal.