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DAILY PRESS ADVISORY - Sunday, August 4, 2019

Highlights for the second day of the 2019 UnidosUS Annual Conference include the Latinas Brunch with featured speakers Nicole Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Gloria Calderón Kellett

August 3, 2019

SAN DIEGO—On Sunday, August 4, highlights of the 2019 UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza) Annual Conference include a Latinas Brunch featuring remarks from Nicole Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and Gloria Calderón Kellett, Writer, Executive Producer, Co-Showrunner, and Director of the popular family sitcom One Day at a Time. Attendees will also hear from artist and filmmaker Paola Mendoza, who is a featured speaker during the session.

Other notable events of the day include our second plenary session, “Trauma is a Reality for Our Kids: How to Protect Them So They Can Thrive,” which will explore how trauma, adversity, and toxic stress impact the health and well-being of Latino children and their families.

A full list of events and workshops is available online.

WORKSHOPS
Closing the Achievement Gap for Students of Color
Room 32AB, Upper Level
9:00–10:30 a.m.
In this workshop, join two prominent education leaders for a discussion about how they are protecting the civil rights of students, theor vision ad plan of action to close the achievement gaps for students of color, lessons learned and opportunities ahead, and how they’re paving the way forward for all students.

Speakers:

  • Richard Carranza, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
  • Nancy Lewin, Executive Director of the Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents (ALAS)

SNAP at Risk: How We Can Keep Our Kids and Families Healthy
Room 33C, Upper Level
9:30–10:30 a.m.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a vital source of nutrition for the one in eight America households lacking access to affordable, healthy food. In this workshop, experts will discuss the current threats to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and show how advocacy and community-driven actions have improved the health and well-being of Latinos.

Immigration Reform: The Corpse That Will Not Die” Fireside Chat with Author and UnidosUS Senior Cabinet Advisor Charles Kamasaki
Room 31AB, Upper Level
1:30–3:00 p.m.
UnidosUS Senior Cabinet Advisor Charles Kamasaki literally wrote the book on immigration – “Immigration Reform: The Corpse That Will Not Die.” Kamasaki’s new book and this session revisit the last time a comprehensive immigration reform package passed into law and how this important history pertains to breaking the current impasse on immigration policy today.

Speakers:

  • Charles Kamasaki, UnidosUS Senior Cabinet Advisor
  • Clarissa Martinez, moderator, Deputy Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, UnidosUS


KEY EVENTS
Latinas Brunch
Ballroom 20A-D, Upper Level
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
The Latinas Brunch is one of the most well-attended sessions of our Annual Conference. This year will feature speakers who are breaking barriers and leading the next generation of a more diverse and dynamic leadership. Attendees will hear from Nicole Taylor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, artist and filmmaker Paola Mendoza, and Gloria Calderón Kellett, Writer, Executive Producer, Co-Showrunner, and Director of the popular family sitcom One Day at a Time.


PLENARY SESSIONS
Trauma is a Reality for Our Kids: How to Protect Them So They Can Thrive
Room 28A-E, Upper Level
3:30–5:00 p.m.
Latino children are integral to our future success as a country. Yet, in the current environment, various forces are threatening our children’s physical and emotional well-being. Join us as we explore how trauma, adversity, and toxic stress impact the health and well-being of Latino children and their families, and as we explore strategies to help our children, families, and communities thrive. This conversation will highlight specific issues impacting our community, like family separation, and will present policies and practices aimed at supporting our children and protecting their overall physical and emotional health.

Speakers:

  • Grace Bonilla, Administrator, Human Resources Administration, City of New York
  • Vilma Reyes, Psy.D., Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital
  • Vania Deonizio, Expressive Artist, Keynote Speaker & Activist

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 and Twitter.

Contact:
Gabriela Gomez
news@unidosus.org
(202) 776-1732