News Release

In place of In-Person Event, UnidosUS to Host Virtual 2020 Annual Conference

The country’s largest national Hispanic conference will offer timely and important programming on its digital platforms

April 23, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC—UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization (formerly known as National Council of La Raza), announced today that due to the coronavirus pandemic, its 2020 Annual Conference in July will be held on its digital platforms instead of in Las Vegas as originally planned.

The multi-day virtual conference will take place on July 27–28 and will offer free registration for the public. The 2020 UnidosUS Annual Conference will feature session and speaker lineups—including a keynote address by UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía—reflecting the urgency of this moment for the Latino community, including the impact COVID-19 is having on the Latino community with a focus on health, the economy, education, housing, as well as civic engagement and the upcoming 2020 elections. UnidosUS will also introduce a Virtual Marketplace to be held on July 29–30. The Virtual Marketplace will replace the National Latino Family Expo (R) and include valuable resources and sessions presented in partnership with our virtual exhibitors.

“We did not come to this decision lightly, but it has become clear that, in the face of an unprecedented situation, we needed to make this difficult decision to transition our Annual Conference into a virtual event,” Murguía says. “Our experience in the past few weeks shows that our community is still looking for an opportunity to connect, even if it is online, and we are confident that this virtual event will allow more people the opportunity to access the largest national convening of Latinos in the country.”

All current registrants for the Las Vegas event will have the option to apply their current 2020 payment to the 2021 Annual Conference or be automatically refunded. More details are available on the UnidosUS Conference website.

“We are committed to delivering the same high quality and substance that our attendees expect from the UnidosUS Conference,” Murguía says. “We believe that now more than ever is the time to address our community’s most pressing issue, and share a path forward for our families, for our community and for our democracy.”

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit www.unidosus.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Contact:
Christopher Allbritton
news@unidosus.org
(202) 575-1575