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Atrium Hall

Mandated by the Constitution, the once a decade census counts every person living in the United States providing the basis of apportioning congressional seats, redistricting and impacting federal funding to states, counties, and community programs. Historically, Latinos have been undercounted for decades. This session will discuss the barriers of hard-to-count communities and efforts by public and private organizations, advocates and funders to ensure all Latino households are counted and represented.

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SPEAKERS:

Welcome Remarks:
Marco Davis, President & CEO, CHCI

Member of Congress:
Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-7), Chair, CHCI

Opening Remarks:
Zafar Brooks, CHCI Advisory Council Member, Director, Corporate Responsibility and Diversity Inclusion, Hyundai Motor America
Zuraya Tapia Hadley, CMO, Facebook

Moderator:
Tsi-Tsi Felix, Univision

Panelists:
Vanessa N. Gonzalez, Executive Vice President of Field and Member Services, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, Executive Vice President of Government and Corporate Affairs, Univision
Victoria Jeffries, WP and Assistant General Council for Public Policy, Univision
Crystal Patterson, Global Civic Partnership Manager, Facebook
Christine Pierce, SVP Data Science, Nielsen

Hemisphere A

The Latino population has one of the highest rates of obesity in the US. CDC data shows that over 47% of the Latino adult population and 25.8% of Latino youth in the US are obese. More than one in four Latino children ages 2 to 19 are obese. Obesity is a risk factor for developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, arthritis, sleep disturbances, breathing problems, kidney failure and certain types of cancers. Experts in this panel will share strategies of changing the way Latinos living with obesity are viewed, including the lack of adequate access to healthcare and treatment, in addition to highlighting challenges people living with obesity face on many levels, including stigma and inadequate access to treatment.

SPONSORED BY:

Anthem

SPEAKERS:

Moderator:
Liliana Rañon, Director of Community Empowerment, Univision Communications Inc.

Panelists:
Daphne Delgado, CHCI Alum, Trust For America's Health
Dr. Yussef Galib-Frangie, Director with MSO of Puerto Rico, United Health
Dr. Laura Herrera Scott, VP of Medicaid Clinical Operations, Anthem

Polaris

Every single day, women, men, girls and boys in Latin America, and in Latino communities domestically, are preyed on and recruited into sex and labor trafficking networks across the U.S. Research indicates that children and youth who have experienced abuse and neglect are more vulnerable to experiencing trafficking. Human trafficking is defined as “modern-day slavery” involving “the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.” It is estimated that there are 20.9 million victims of trafficking around the world. The victims are often silenced, and thus, many cases of trafficking go unreported and specialized services to address the needs of victims are not provided. Join the panelists to learn about successful anti-human trafficking initiatives designed to prevent and disrupt this modern form of slavery and strategies to address the unique needs of victims, especially for children and youth, who have experienced trafficking.

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SPEAKERS:

Moderator:
Maria Peña, Digital Reporter, NBCUniversal Telemundo

Panelist:
Jorge Cabrera, Senior Director, Casey Family Programs
Courtney Canova, Constituent Consultant
Luis C.deBaca, Former Ambassador to Monitor and Combat Human Trafficking
Andrea Rojas Solari, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Polaris Project

Oceanic AB

Minority-owned businesses are an engine of employment in all communities, but their success, expansion, and growth largely depends on adequate access to financial capital. Nationally representative data on the financing of minority-owned small businesses show large disparities in access to capital. This session will bring together a diverse group of panelists to share best practices and initiatives of becoming a minority entrepreneur, identifying and developing business relationships with aspiring minority-business owners and breaking down systemic barriers to success.

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SPEAKERS:

Member of Congress:
Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-07)

Moderator:
Nicole Quiroga, President and CEO, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Panelists:
Cate Costa, JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Efrain Gonzalez, Associate Director for Business Development, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce
Tarrance Frierson, Head of Supplier Diversity & Development, Southern California Edison (SCE)
Yoshii Padilla, Director, Strategy & Field Operations, MPC - NAM
Herbalife Nutrtion

Meridian DE

Every year, as hundreds of Americans leave the US military and return to civilian life, they seek employment opportunities that would enable them to recover from the physically and mentally tolling military service by utilizing their reliable work ethic and productivity in the existing workforce. This panel will bring together representatives from veteran-friendly companies to discuss best practices in job creation strategies, and proven ways of hiring, onboarding and retaining post-military service employees, empowering veterans to take charge of their careers and wellbeing.

SPONSORED BY:


Nestlé

SPEAKERS:

Members of Congress:
Rep. Gil Cisneros (CA-39)
Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49)

Moderator:
Leo Shane III, Military Times

Panelists:
Ruben Lopez, Union Pacific
Elizabeth Marengo, Director of Talent Strategy & Diversity & Inclusion, Nestlé
Charles “Chuck” Sevola, Vice President of Veterans Initiatives, Prudential Financial

Hemisphere B

Home ownership is at the core of the American Dream. Private ownership of assets is not only what drives the engine of capitalism, but also an integral part of individual wealth-building. Today, the US faces a stark reality where sectors of society are disenfranchised from this essential part of the American Dream. Approximately 41% of Latinos in the U.S. own a home, compared to 64.4% of white Americans. Furthermore, Latinos face various obstacles when securing loans and/or mortgages. Join our panel of industry experts and community leaders as we discuss access to home-ownership and explore ways to pave the way to the American Dream for the next generation of Latinos.

SPONSORED BY:

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Quicken Loans

SPEAKERS:

Member of Congress:
Rep. Lacy Clay (MO-1)

Moderator:
Michele Salcedo, Newsdesk Editor, Axios

Panelists:
Dwight Alexander, Vice President and Director of Public Affairs and Industry Outreach, FHLBSF
Chrissi Johnson, Vice President, Federal Policy and External Affairs, Quicken Loans
Matt Josephs, Senior VP for Policy, LISC
Sabrina Terry, National Community Reinvestment Coalition

Atrium Hall

Recent studies show that women working full-time make only 80.5 cents to the dollar earned by men in similar positions. With a gender wage gap of 20 percent, gender discrimination in the workforce is not only impacting pay equity but hiring and promotions of qualified women, especially women of color, including Latinas who are paid 53 cents for every dollar paid to men in similar positions. This session will address the gender equity challenges women face at all levels of the work cycle and present opportunities for parity as well as promising initiatives to provide a workplace that generates equal opportunities for all.

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SPEAKERS:

Members of Congress:
Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26)
Rep. Norma Torres (CA-35)

Sponsor Remarks:
Angel Enriquez, Sr. Manager Diversity & Inclusion, Amazon

Moderator:
Stephanie Valencia, Co-Founder, EquisLabs

Panelists:
Maria Luisa Boyce, Director for Global Affairs, UPS
Mónica Ramírez, Founder and President, Justice for Migrant Women
Janelle Rodriguez, SVP, NBC News, Editorial

Hemisphere B

A high quality education is a proven avenue to a lifetime of opportunity and success. What strategies are being used by educators, philanthropic foundations, corporate leaders, elected officials, and others to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed? What are educators, the philanthropic community and others doing to ensure that schools are set up for success and that teachers and leaders have what they need to help their students excel?

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SPEAKERS:

Members of Congress:
Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ-7)
Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-3)

Moderator:
Armando Trull, former WAMU, Race & Equity

Panelists:
Erika Beskar, Central Analog Test and Validation Director, Texas Instruments (TI)
Enrique Chaurand, Senior Director of Communications, KIPP Foundation
Kim Davis, Senior Education Program Officer, Walton Family Foundation
Robert C. Enlow, President and CEO, EdChoice

Polaris

Latinos and other diverse audiences are increasing demand for film, radio, television and other media content filled with characters whose experiences resonate with their own, who look like them, and with whom they can relate. This panel will feature a timely discussion with leading Latinos in the media and entertainment industries who are leading the charge in ensuring increased diversity and inclusion in the industry.

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SPEAKERS:

Member of Congress:
Rep. Jimmy Gomez (CA-34)

Moderator:
Gloria Ordaz, Co-anchor of weekday editions, Noticiero Telemundo 51

Panelists:
Michelle Duke, President, National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation
Ricardo Martinez, Director of Creative Talent Development & Inclusion, Disney Television Group
Mishel Prada, Talent Vida, Starz

Oceanic AB

Since the 2013 Supreme Court decision in Shelby v Holder eliminated key provisions in the Voting Rights Act, it has led to an increase in voting barriers such as strict voter ID requirements, voter purges, limits to voter registration and closing of polling places in minority communities. This session will discuss efforts to protect the voting rights of minorities and to combat voter suppression.

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SPEAKERS:

Member of Congress:
Rep. Pete Aguilar (CA-31)

Sponsor Remarks:
Emilia Gutierrez, Facebook

Moderator:
Theo Brown

Panelists:
Adriel Cepeda Derieux, Attorney, ACLU
Myrna Perez, Brennan Center
Andrea Senteno, MALDEF

Meridian DE

Distributed ledger technology is swiftly disrupting traditional business processes on an international scale. This summit will address key areas of change and will provide a platform to discuss the opportunities blockchain technology will provide across every major industry including finance, insurance, healthcare, retail, telecom, supply chain, and more.

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SPEAKERS:

Member of Congress:
Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11)

Sponsor Remarks:
Tres Bailey, Walmart

Moderator:
Colin Wilhelm, Bloomberg Law

Panelists:
Alan Cohn, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Dante Disparte, Head of Policy and Communications, Libra Association
Navroop Sahdev, CEO, Rethink Markets and Fellow, MIT Media Lab
Mercina Tillemann-Dick, COO, Global Blockchain Business Council

Hemisphere A

Fostering an innovative and diverse workforce requires not only the attraction, but also retention of diverse talent. This panel of experts will focus on the existing threats and opportunities to fostering an innovative and diverse workforce across key industry sectors. The session will also examine some of the existing tools to support the growth and development of diverse talent, such as mitigating bias, the role of machine learning, and employee resource groups. Further, we will discuss what corporate leaders, elected officials, and other stakeholders can do to ensure that we have an agile, skilled and diverse workforce of tomorrow that reflects the increasing diversity of our country.

SPONSORED BY:

Entergy
Walgreens

SPEAKERS:

Member of Congress:
Rep. Tony Cárdenas (CA-29)

Sponsor Remarks:
Patricia Riddlebarger, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Entergy Corporation

Moderator:
Mark Hugo Lopez, Pew Research

Panelists:
Carlos W. Cubia, Vice-President, Global Chief Diversity Officer, Walgreen Boot Alliance
Michelle Persaud, Director of Federal Affairs, T-Mobile
Lyn Stanfield, Apple
Madeleine F. Wallace, Ph.D., Founder, Windrose Vision

Atrium Hall

Join us for a unique opportunity to hear from some of the 2020 Presidential Election candidates as they discuss the top issues affecting the Latino community.

PRESENTED BY:


SPEAKERS:

Member of Congress:
Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-7)

Moderator:
Jose Diaz Ballard

Pavilion Room, 2nd Floor

The Arts & Culture Reception serves as the cultural kick-off to a month-long, national celebration of the richness and diversity of Latino heritage. Join CHCI on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Ronald Reagan Building, Pavilion Room in Washington, D.C., for our premier networking event that showcases and celebrates the societal contributions in art, cuisine, and music of the Hispanic community to the United States.

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SPONSORED BY:

DIAGEO

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH:


SPEAKERS:

Member of Congress:
Rep. Norma Torres (CA-35)

EMCEE:
Mishel Prada, Talent Vida, Starz

Atrium Hall

Addressing discriminatory practices that many Latinos and other minority groups face as a result of lack of access to high-quality schools, good jobs with reasonable pay, affordable housing, and safe neighborhoods, collectively have had a significant impact on the health of Latinos and their ability to achieve health equity. This panel will seek to expand knowledge on the different social, economic, and environmental factors that shape our health. Experts will address the discriminatory practices related to the social determinants of health, and what can be done to achieve health equity to enable everyone to live the healthiest life possible.

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SPEAKERS:

Welcome Remarks:
Marco Davis, President & CEO, CHCI

Member of Congress:
Rep. Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36)

Moderator:
Beatriz “BB” Otero, President, Otero Strategy Group

Panelists:
Dr. Letícia A. Ferri, Medical Director for US Immunoscience, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Alexis McGill Johnson, Acting President and CEO, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Henry R. Muñoz III, Partner/Founder, SOMOS HEALTHCARE NYC
Dr. Ananya Roy, Sc.D., Health Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
Dr. Michael Ybarra, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Strategic Alliances, PhRMA

Hemisphere A

Data from the US Environmental Protection Agency shows that at least 40 states in the US are anticipating water shortages in the next five years. This, coupled with the growing US population and our increasing need and reliance on water makes the need for water conservation and management vital. Join this session to hear from panelists who will discuss sustainable and smart water management and conservation strategies and best practices that address current and future water needs that benefit the economy and the environment.

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SPEAKERS:

Members of Congress:
Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16)
Rep. Grace Flores Napolitano (CA-32)

Sponsor Remarks:
Barry D. Gold, Environment Program Director, Walton Family Foundation

Moderator:
Annie Snider, Politico

Panelists:
Celeste De Palma, Director of Everglades Policy, The National Audubon Society
Dr. J.R. DeShazo, Department of Public Policy, Luskin Center for Innovation
Vicky Espinoza, PhD Candidate, University of California, Merced
Mark Magaña, Founding President & CEO, GreenLatinos

Meridian DE

Precision medicine - a tailored approach to medicine, focusing on individual variability in lifestyle, genetics, and socioeconomic determinants of health, has the potential to expand our understanding of the major factors contributing to the health disparities experienced by Latinos. Join a group of experts who will explain how precision medicine works, how it can shape better health outcomes among Latinos, and discuss challenges and opportunities related to artificial intelligence, machine learning and precision medicine.

SPONSORED BY:

Pfizer

SPEAKERS:

Member of Congress:
Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15)

Sponsor Remarks:
Orkideh Maloc Director of Federal Government Affairs, Otsuka

Moderator:
Dr. Fabian Sandoval, MD, CEO, Emerson Clinical Research Institute and Executive Producer, “Tu Salud, Tu Familia”

Panelists:
Larissa Aviles-Santa, Director of the Division of Clinical and Health Services Research, National Institutes of Health
Edith Perez, MD, Director, Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Program
Nicole Richie, Ph.D., Global Head Health Equity Science and Strategy, Global Product Development Medical Affairs, Roche

Polaris

While there is no single pathway to leadership, a lot can be learned from the trials and tribulations of those who have succeeded before us. Join us for this panel featuring exceptional Latino trailblazers across different industries and career paths, as they share their respective leadership lessons and insights on their unique journeys of becoming a changemaker in 2019 and beyond.

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SPEAKERS:

Members of Congress:
Rep. Veronica Escobar (TX-16)
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40)

Moderator:
Julio Ricardo Varela, Digital Media Director, Latino USA / Futuro Media

Panelists:
Maria Laura Acebal, Askhoka
Julie Ann Crommett, Walt Disney
Erika Mercedes, Audible
Ana Villegas, Senior Director of Field Marketing, Dell

Hemisphere B

The last few years have seen a boom in the gig workforce – a temporary work engagement – that has resulted in a fundamental shift in the way work is being performed, as well as the relationship between workers and companies. Recent studies predict that by 2020 more than 40% of the workforce will consist of workers participating in the gig economy. As this sector of the economy grows, it is driven, in part, by older workers and retirees who want to earn extra income while maintaining flexibility. Continued technological advancements will likely continue to shape the workforce and contribute to an increased gig economy. This panel will discuss the gig economy, its impact on the future of work, the opportunities it holds, and its impact on the middle class.

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SPEAKERS:

Member of Congress:
Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44)

Sponsor Remarks:
Mattie Muñoz Zazueta, Senior Communications Manager, Airbnb

Moderator:
Andy Medici, Washington Business Journal

Panelists:
Marcela Escobari, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
Cristina Martin Firvida, Vice President of Financial Security and Consumer Affairs, AARP
Veronica Juarez, Vice President of Social Enterprise, Lyft

Oceanic AB

While the Latino population continues to grow, and high school graduation rates have increased, there are still many challenges facing Hispanics in the education system, including postsecondary access and completion, which still lags behind other populations. More leadership, focus, and resources are needed to address these challenges, but Latino leaders often face particular barriers, such as securing sufficient financial and other support for their endeavors. This session will feature two new reports issued by leading organizations that highlight the issues faced by Latino students and leaders in the education sector, and proposed solutions that can help advance Latino education entrepreneurship, close the education gap, and enable Latino students to reach their full potential.

SPONSORED BY:

The College Board
NewSchools Venture Fund

SPEAKERS:

Sponsor Remarks:
Alex David Sanchez, Head of Education for Public Affairs, Public Policy & Government Relations, Google

Panelists:
Rick Cruz, Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships, The College Board
Sergio Lopez, Senior Associate of National & State Partnerships, The Education Trust
Frances Messano, Senior Managing Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund

Rotunda, 8th Floor

Join the CHCI Alumni Association for an exciting session exploring identity, leadership, and advocacy for Latinx leaders seeking to spark change in their communities. This session will focus on pathways to leadership as well as the advocacy skills needed to organize a community and build impact. Based on Leadership for Educational Equity’s leadership development model and designed to maximize the effectiveness of diverse leaders working to end the injustice of educational inequity, this training will provide participants with critical tools and resources to effect change through civic leaders.

PRESENTED BY:

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE)

SPEAKERS:

Leadership for Educational Equity Trainers:
German Cash, Director of Diversity & Equity Leadership Development, Leadership for Educational Equity
Jason Llorenz, Vice President of Communications
Caroline González Scott, Interim Vice President of Leadership Development and Design, Leadership for Educational Equity

Atrium Hall

The US has been a leader in innovation, transportation, and smart fiscal policies, yet the infrastructure that keeps the US open and competitive for business is outdated. The private sector is ready to work with the 116th Congress and the Trump Administration to pass legislation that will ensure modern and sustainable infrastructure, spur completion of much-needed transportation projects while keeping the US economy growing. This summit will convene panelists representing industry leaders, policy makers, investors, innovators, workforce development leaders, and other experts to discuss the modernization of America’s infrastructure.

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SPEAKERS:

Welcome Remarks:
Marco Davis, President & CEO, CHCI

Members of Congress:
Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24)
Rep. Adriano Espaillat (NY-13)

Sponsor Remarks:
Oscar Muñoz, CEO, United Airlines

Moderator:
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, NBC Universal / CNBC

Panelists:
Norman Anderson, Chairman & CEO, CG/LA Infrastructure, Inc.
Michael Maten, Electric Vehicle Strategy Expert, General Motors
Mike Sommers, American Petroleum Institute

Hemisphere B

In recent decades, women have made monumental progress towards breaking the glass ceiling in American business, politics, and culture. However, women – especially Latinas and women of color – are still underrepresented in positions of power and a new generation of leaders, both women and men, are working to create an equitable future. Join us for a discussion on unleashing women’s leadership and amplifying women’s voices.

SPONSORED BY:

Emily's List
Mary Kay
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

SPEAKERS:

Member of Congress:
Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (NM-2)
Rep. Lori Trahan (MA-3)

Panelists:
Theresa Flores, Senior Manager of Public Affairs, Mary Kay, Inc.
Stefanie Brown James, Vice President of Training and Community Engagement at Emily’s List
Amanda A. Renteria, President, Emerge
Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

Polaris

September 20, 2017 is a day that Puerto Ricans will never forget. Hurricane Maria was the most destructive natural disaster to hit the region in the last decade. Thousands perished or lost their homes, the economy halted to a stop, and essential public services were non-existent. The hurricane shed light on the unique challenges Puerto Rico faces as a U.S. territory. Government agencies, private organizations, and local decision makers encountered unprecedented obstacles in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. This session will convene experts, involved with Puerto Rico’s recovery in the aftermath of the 2017 natural disaster, to discuss lessons learned, the future of Puerto Rico’s reconstruction and the economic opportunities it holds for the people of the Island.

SPONSORED BY:

SPEAKERS:

Members of Congress:
Rep. Jenniffer González-Colón (Puerto Rico)
Rep. José E. Serrano (NY-15)

Moderator:
Angelique Sina, President, Friends of Puerto Rico

Panelists:
Dr. Oxiris Barbot, Commissioner, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Victor W. Gonzalez (Wally), Transportation Institute
Ana Montero, Chief Recovery Executive Officer, American Red Cross
Nancy Santiago Negrón, Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships, Hispanics in Philanthropy

Meridian DE

Corporations and their respective corporate leaders are increasingly in the spotlight on issues traditionally addressed by policymakers. This session will address how corporations are entering a new era of moral leadership, and provide examples across key industries on issues such as: addressing workplace harassment, equal pay, disaster prevention, employee equity, workforce reskilling and using new and emerging technologies for social good.

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SPEAKERS:

Moderator:
Monica Castillo Maggiano, Vice President, Weber Shandwick

Panelists:
Zafar Brooks, Director, Corporate Responsibility and Diversity Inclusion, Hyundai Motor America
Sid Espinosa, Senior Director of Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, Microsoft
Emilio Gonzalez, Executive Director for Strategic Alliances, Verizon
Monica Tijerina, Director of Corporate Social Responsiblity and Diversity & Inclusion, Hyundai

Hemisphere A

According to a poll conducted by Latino Decisions, a political insights firm specializing in Latino political opinion research, over 70% of Latinos have personally experienced the impact of climate change in their state and want to see policies that curb climate change. The summit will bring together representatives from the corporate, non-profit and/or government sector for knowledge exchange and interaction on successful climate change initiatives.

SPONSORED BY:

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Union of Concerned Scientists (UCSUSA)

SPEAKERS:

Member of Congress:
Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-7)

Sponsor Remarks:
Astrid Caldas, Union of Concerned Scientists

Moderator:
Marianne Lavelle, InsideClimate News

Panelists:
Dr. Nuno Alves, VSenior Business and Technical Advisor, BP
Bruce Harris, Vice President of Federal Government Affairs, Walmart
Richard Meyer, Managing Director of the Energy Group, American Gas Association
Gina Ramirez, Midwest Outreach Manager, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Oceanic AB

Over the past two decades, over 180,000 students have experienced gun violence on campus, with at least eight shootings taking place in 2019 to date. The Washington Post reports that, “mass shootings at predominantly white schools draw the most attention from journalists and lawmakers, but … children of color are far more likely to experience campus gun violence — nearly twice as much for Hispanic students and three times as much for black students.” Even more concerning, however, is the fact that research shows that mass school shootings account for a relatively small percent of gun violence victims, but garner the most media attention. The tragic loss of life and the trauma experienced by survivors have led policy makers, federal to local, to respond to the community’s call for action. This session will explore the impact of gun violence on young people, its policy implications and its disparate effects on communities of color.

SPONSORED BY:

American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
Community Justice Action Fund

SPEAKERS:

Member of Congress:
Rep. Jesús G. “Chuy” García (IL-4)

Moderator:
Alex Yablon, Reporter, The Trace

Panelists:
Mike de la Rocha, Board Member, Community Justice Action Fund
Evelyn DeJesus, Executive Vice President, American Federation of Teachers
Christian Heyne, Vice President of Policy, Brady United
Tanvi Reddy, 2019 Giffords Courage Fellow, Giffords
Rob Wilcox, Deputy Director of Policy & Strategy, Everytown for Gun Safety

Atrium Hall

Comprehensive immigration policy is a pressing issue given the current political and social climate between Congress and the general public. Anti-immigrant sentiment, driven by a small yet powerful bracket of American society, has caused uncertainty and stress among Dreamers, TPS recipients and the communities they consider home. A major element of how this policy translates into practice is the complicated and fraught process of applying for asylum. In January 2019, 66% of all asylum applications received were from Central and South America. Asylum seekers must navigate a complex, expensive and time-consuming process where they must prove they are experiencing or are at-risk of persecution based on their race, religion, nationality, social group and/or political beliefs from their native origin. For those who are granted asylum, the struggles don’t end there, as they acclimate to American society. This session will dispel myths and shed light on the root causes of migration, the asylum-seeking process and its impact on U.S. immigration.

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SPEAKERS:

Welcome Remarks:
Marco Davis, President & CEO, CHCI

Members of Congress:
Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20)
Sen. Bob Menendez (NJ)
Rep. Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38)

Moderator:
Charles Kamasaki, Senior Cabinet Advisor, UnidosUS

Panelists:
Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President, NEA (National Education Association)
Susie Haslett, Policy Training Director, FWD.us
Marielena Hincapié, Executive Director, National Immigration Law Center
Veronica Juarez, Vice President of Social Enterprise, Lyft

Rotunda, 8th Floor

CHCI and the CHCI Alumni Association (CHCI-AA) in partnership with the Congressional Hispanic Staffer Association (CHSA) is hosting a special reception honoring Congressional Chiefs of Staff who have demonstrated their commitment to promoting diversity on Capitol Hill. For 2019, two chiefs of staff will be recognized for their pivotal role in ensuring that young Latinos are hired, offered opportunities to grow, and advance professionally. We congratulate them on their recognition – it takes leaders to bring forth leaders.

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SPONSORED BY:

DIAGEO
Heineken

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: