Media Advisory

NCLR College Summit to Focus on Skill-Building, Importance of Latino Youth Voter Engagement

As Latino youth gather for inaugural College Summit, upcoming elections place spotlight on Hispanic youth vote

March 16, 2015

Julian Teixeira
(202) 776-1812

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Saturday, March 19, 2016, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will convene its first College Summit in San Antonio, where participants will engage in skill-building exercises as part of the Líderes Avanzando program. Líderes Avanzando works with NCLR Affiliates, higher education partners and program sponsors to support Latino college students during their first two years of college by offering skill-building workshops and team-building activities.

The event will feature a timely panel discussion on the Latino vote. According to Pew Research Center, Latino millennials make up nearly half of all eligible Latino voters. In Texas, home to the nation’s second-largest Latino population, 2.2 million Hispanics are registered to vote but another 2.6 million are eligible but not yet registered, a majority of whom are potential voters under the age of 34. Panelists will share their experiences in working with youth on civic engagement efforts and the role media plays in connecting and educating Latino youth on issues important to the community. This will also be a great opportunity to learn about tools and resources to increase Latino voter engagement, volunteer opportunities and other strategies to get involved and get important messages out about the communities’ policy priorities at the local and national levels.

Media are invited to attend and should RSVP to Gabriela Gomez at


WHAT:   NCLR College Summit and panel discussion “Latino Millennials and the 2016 Elections”
WHEN: Saturday, March 19, 2016, 1 p.m. CDT
WHO: Panelists:
  Cristina J. Bazaldúa-Salazar, Director of Community Affairs, Univision San Antonio
  Hannah Beck, Executive Director, MOVE San Antonio
  Cindy Casares, Director of Communications, Southwest Key Programs
  Kumera Genet, Líderes Program Manager, NCLR
  Tanairi Ochoa Rodriguez, DREAMer and DACA Recipient Voices
WHERE: St. Mary’s University
  University Center Building
  1 Camino Santa Maria
  San Antonio, TX 78228


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