Media Advisory

PRESS CONFERENCE - Just One Week from Florida’s Voter Registration Deadline, NCLR and Miami Dade College Make Final Push to Urge Eligible Community Members to Become Voters

September 26, 2016

Julian Teixeira
(202) 776-1812

MIAMI—On Monday, Oct. 3, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy (iCED) will be joined by community leaders and students at an afternoon press conference at the college’s Wolfson Campus in Downtown Miami. For months, NCLR has conducted community voter registration campaigns in Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange, and Osceola counties, home to thousands of eligible Hispanic voters. Those efforts have resulted in expanding the Hispanic electorate in Florida, a key state for anyone seeking national office. With the Oct. 11 state registration deadline closing in, NCLR and MDC will highlight their efforts to grow the electorate; discuss the importance and impact of the Hispanic vote in local, state, and national elections; and urge the community to grow its influence through participation.

Recent Census numbers demonstrate significant population growth of almost 1.5 million people in the state between 2010 and 2015—Hispanics represented just over half of that growth, concentrated largely in Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange, and Osceola counties.

Reporters interested in attending should contact Julian Teixeira at or (202) 776-1812.


What:Hispanic Voter Registration and Impact on the 2016 Elections
What:Monday, Oct. 3, 2016
1 p.m. EST
Who:Introductory Remarks: 
 Renata Soto, Chair, NCLR Board of Directors
 Dr. Rick A. Soria, Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus President
 Maria Garza, President, Mexican-American Council, NCLR Affiliate
 Fernand Amandi, Principal, Bendixen & Amandi International
 Natalie Carlier, Florida Regional Coordinator and Southeast Liaison, NCLR
Where:MDC’s Wolfson Campus, Building 3, Room 3208-09
226 N.E. Fifth Street, Miami, Florida 33132

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Miami Dade College (MDC) is the higher education institution with the largest undergraduate enrollment in the America, with more than 165,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of Associate in Arts and Science degrees and awards more degrees to minorities than any other college or university in the country. The college’s eight campuses and outreach center offer more than 300 distinct degree pathways including several baccalaureate degrees in education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film, engineering, biological sciences, and others. In fact, its academic and workforce training programs are national models of excellence. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of the Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, the MDC Live Arts Performing Arts Series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, a major sculpture park and large art gallery and theater systems. MDC has admitted more than 2,000,000 students and counting since it opened its doors in 1960. For more information please visit

MDC Media-only contacts: Juan C. Mendieta, MDC director of communications, 305-237-7611,; Hessy Fernandez, director of media relations, 305-237-3949,; Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, or Allison Horton, 305-237-3359,