Media Advisory

DAILY PRESS ADVISORY

For Sunday, July 8, 2018

**NOTE TO PRESS: Online press registration is now closed but you may register by sending your detailed information to ggomez@unidosus.org or may register beginning at 9 a.m. in SALON F at the Convention Center**

Highlights for the second day of the 2018 UnidosUS Annual Conference include the Latinas Brunch with featured speakers Former President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America Cecile Richards, and Co-Anchor of Noticiero Univision Ilia Calderón, followed by “The Future Is Latina” panel discussion with Latina trailblazers

WASHINGTON, DC—On Sunday, July 8, highlights of the 2018 UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza) Annual Conference include a Latinas Brunch featuring remarks from Cecile Richards, Former President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Ilia Calderón, Co-Anchor of Noticiero Univision. The brunch will be followed by a panel discussion titled “The Future Is Latina” led by Latina trailblazers who are breaking barriers and leading the next generation of a more diverse and dynamic leadership across different industries. Among our featured speakers are Elizabeth Guzmán, Delegate for the 31st District in the Virginia House of Delegates; Elisa Villanueva Beard, CEO of Teach For America; Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder and CEO of Pipeline Angels; Greisa Martínez Rosas, Deputy Executive Director and United We Dream; and Silvia Olivas, Co-Executive Producer and Head Writer of Elena of Avalor.

Other notable events of the day include our second plenary session, “Our Time Is Now: How Latinos’ Success in Education, Innovation, and at the Polls Will Drive the Nation Forward,” which will address how America’s future and competitiveness will be contingent on the continued the success of the Latino community.

Interested media can register onsite at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Salon F. A full list of events and workshops is available online.

WORKSHOPS

Breaking Barriers: How Entertainers Are Telling the True Story of Who We Are
Room 204B, Level 2
9:00–10:30 a.m.
Hispanics represent 32% of frequent moviegoers, nearly twice the percentage of their share of the American population. Yet, even though Latinos are overrepresented in movie audiences, we’re entirely underrepresented on the screen. In this workshop, Hollywood’s brightest Latino talent will discuss how storytellers are working to make sure that the industry is working toward giving our community more opportunities and doing a better job of telling the real story because #RepresentationMatters.

The Future of Banking for Communities of Color
Room 206, Level 2
9:00–10:30 a.m
Accessing the right financial tools isn’t always easy or affordable for low-to-moderate income (LMI) communities, especially in communities of color. This workshop will look at new research on the experiences of these communities in using financial services and discuss the ways in which this industry can better serve our communities to help them achieve greater financial security.

Threatening Us through the U.S. Census
Room 204B, Level 2
3:30–5:00 p.m.
This workshop will address the last-minute addition of an untested question on citizenship is especially troubling for Latinos. This unprecedented question could deter immigrants and their relatives from participating, potentially leading to a major underrepresentation of Latinos in Census numbers. Experts will highlight the potential impact of an inaccurate Census count for our communities, including implications in political representation, voting rights, and allocations of funding for health, education, and housing programs.


KEY EVENTS
The Future Is Latina: Brunch & Panel
Ballroom ABC, Level 3
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
The Latinas Brunch is one of the most well-attended sessions of our Annual Conference. And this year’s edition will feature speakers and panelists who are breaking barriers and leading the next generation of a more diverse and dynamic leadership across different industries including speakers Cecile Richards, Former President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and Ilia Calderón, Co-Anchor of Noticiero Univision. The Latinas Brunch will also feature a dynamic discussion of the accomplishments of Latinas and the progress we have yet to make. Speakers include Elizabeth Guzman, Virginia House Delegate (VA-31); Elisa Villanueva Beard, CEO, Teach for America; Natalia Oberti Noguera, Founder and CEO, Pipeline Angels; Greisa Martinez Rosas, Deputy Executive Director, United We Dream; and Silvia Olivas, Co-Executive Producer and Story Editor of the Disney show Elena of Avalor.

National Latino Family Expo®
Exhibit Halls D & E, Level 2
11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
UnidosUS is excited to once again host the National Latino Family Expo. With more than 125 exhibitors, five unique pavilions, informative resources, health screenings and entertainment, there is something for everyone. Children can enjoy a toddler play area, free backpack giveaways, and attend story time with their favorite costumed characters. People of all ages will enjoy prizes, giveaways, and innovative displays of cars and art celebrating Latino heritage.


PLENARY SESSIONS
Our Time Is Now: How Latinos’ Success in Education, Innovation, and at the Polls Will Drive the Nation Forward
Room 202AB, Level 2
1:30–3:00 p.m.
It is no secret that the Hispanic population is projected to make up 26% of the overall U.S. population by 2050, but what does this mean for our communities and our country? What roles are Latinos expected to play in American society? During this workshop, experts will discuss the policies, practices and strategies that will help improve outcomes for the Latino community. From encouraging Latinos to go into fields where we’re typically underrepresented, to pursuing a career in politics to represent the needs and rights of our community, to holding politicians accountable through our voting power, the time is now to shape the future of our community and the country. Our speakers include Manuel Pastor, Professor, Sociology and
American Studies & Ethnicity, USC; Ileana Gonzalez, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Education; Clarissa Martinez de Castro, Deputy Vice President, Policy and Advocacy, UnidosUS; Maria Flynn, President and CEO of Jobs for the Future & Member of JFF’s Board of Directors; and our moderator Diana Marrero, Director, The Hill Latino.

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 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 and Twitter.

Contact:
Gabriela Gomez
ggomez@unidosus.org

Washington Convention Center Press Office:
202-249-4004
Level 1, Salon F