2022 UnidosUS Annual Conference Full Schedule

From Saturday, July 9 to Monday, July 11, attendees had the opportunity to learn about and collaborate on issues ranging from housing to health, racial equity to education, diversity and inclusion to owning our narrative as a community, and more.

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FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2022

7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  |  Affiliate Welcome Reception

¡Bienvenidos a San Antonio! A Community Celebration hosted by UnidosUS Affiliates

Join our five San Antonio Affiliates as they welcome Conference participants and local community members to an evening reception. (Avenida Guadalupe Association (AGA), AVANCEBexar County Health CollaborativeMexican American Unity Council (MAUC)Neighborhood Housing Services of San Antonio (NHSSA))

Location: Avenida Guadalupe Association (AGA) – El Progreso Hall
Address: 1306 Guadalupe Street, San Antonio, TX 78207

SATURDAY, JULY 9, 2022

CONFERENCE DAY 1

Workshops and schedule are subject to change.


8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  |  Changemakers Breakfast
(for Changemakers and Young Professional registrants only)

In Defense of American Democracy: The High Stakes for Latinos in 2022

Latino voters are a decisive force in the American political landscape, and our voice can grow even stronger as we help more in our community engage in the electoral process. As one of the fastest-growing segments in our country, Hispanics are increasing the diversity of participation in public life, bolstering the American economy, and enriching America’s cultural fabric. Yet equitable gains in Latino political power and influence are being threatened all across the country by restrictions on voting, misinformation, and legislative battles. Join some of the nation’s leading experts and advocates in a discussion on how to make our community’s voice heard.

Nina Perales

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Vice President of Litigation, MALDEF
Featured Speaker

Hector Sanchez Barba

Executive Director and CEO, Mi Familia Vota
Panelist

Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez

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President, NextGen America
Panelist

Claudia Yoli Ferla

Claudia Yoli Ferla

Executive Director, MOVE Texas
Panelist

Clarissa Martinez

Vice President, Latino Vote Initiative, UnidosUS
Moderator

Education Recovery for English Language Learners

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  |  Workshops

 

Education Track
Education Recovery for English Language Learners
The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated existing systemic inequities in our education systems and our most vulnerable students suffered the most. As we move away from pandemic response to pandemic recovery, English Language Learners continue to be at high risk to be overlooked due to their unique needs. This session will provide an overview of the education landscape for English Language Learners and showcase the advocacy experience of educators in California who participated in UnidosUS’s California cohort of the National Institute for Latino School Leaders (NILSL) fellowship program.

Supreet Anand

Supreet Anand

Deputy Directory Office of English Language Acquisition, Department of Education
Panelist

Graciela García-Torres

Graciela Garcia Torres

Regional English Learner Specialist, Sacramento County Office of Education
Panelist

Veronica Madrigal

Veronica Madrigal

Principal, Henry Elementary, Long Beach Unified School District
Panelist

Jonathan Tiongco

Jonathan Tiongco

Founding Principal & Executive Director, Alliance Marine - Innovation & Technology 6-12 Complex
Panelist

Adriana Abundis

Adriana Abundis

Master Teacher, Lanier High School, San Antonio Independent School District
Moderator

Leading with Esperanza

Health and Wellness Track
Leading with Esperanza: Countering the Deadly Spread of COVID-19 Misinformation

The COVID-19 vaccines have offered hope to communities most affected by the pandemic, but rampant misinformation continues to be a public health threat. See how UnidosUS, its Affiliates, partners, and policymaker allies are joining together to provide accurate information about the vaccines both online and in communities.

Dr. David Collymore

David Collymore

Chief Medical Officer, Acacia Network
UnidosUS Affiliate
Panelist

Bryan Garcia

Bryan Garcia

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, UPSTREAMERS Advertising Agency
Panelist

Benita Harris-McBride

Benita Harris-McBride

Lead, Community Engagement & Vaccine Equity Consultation Immunization Services Division (ISD), Office of the Director (OD) National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Panelist

Dr. Amelie Ramirez

Amelie Ramirez

Professor and Director, The Institute for Health Promotion Research, The UT Health Science Center of San Antonio
Moderator

Reflecting America

Latinx Incluxion Track
Reflecting America: Getting to 20 Percent in the Boardroom and Corner Office
Latinos represent nearly 20 percent of the American population. UnidosUS has engaged with partners to ensure that American enterprise reflects the diversity of America and hear how companies are moving beyond pledges and into the work of equitable representation at decision-making tables.

Esther Aguilera

Esther Aguilera

President and CEO, Latino Corporate Directors Association
Panelist

Rebeca Vargas

Rebeca Vargas

Head of Marketing for Diverse and Emerging Segments, Wells Fargo
Panelist

Cid Wilson

Cid Wilson

President and CEO, HACR
Panelist

Diego Mendoza-Moyers

Diego Mendoza-Moyers

Business Staff Writer, San Antonio Express-News
Moderator

Creating Content

Activiating Your Influence Track
Creating Content for Your Personal and Organizational Brand

According to recent surveys, Latinos leverage social media as an important medium when getting involved with political and social issues as well as to encourage others to take action. But platform updates, algorithms and a 2-second user average attention span can create challenges in creating social media content that breaks through.

In this session, learn how to optimize your content on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and LinkedIn, and get the most out of platform features and updates for your personal or organizational profiles.

Tally Dilbert

Tally Dilbert

Content Creator, Blogger
Panelist

Stephanie Guerra

Stephanie Guerra

Founder, Puro Pinche
Panelist

Melanie Mendez-Gonzales

Melanie Mendez-Gonzales

Founder, Que Means What Blog
Panelist

Carlos Eduardo Espina

Carlos Eduardo Espina

Day Without an Immigrant TikTok Campaign
Moderator

The Future of Homeownership is Hispanic

Generational Wealth Track
The Future of Homeownership is Hispanic

In the United States, homeownership is the gateway to generational wealth. For Latinos, owning a home symbolizes much more, including family, stability, and belonging; this helps explain why Latinos have high aspirations for homeownership.

The journey to homeownership includes many challenges – limited inventory of affordable housing, rising interest rates, and discrimination. But more than ever, Latinos are well-positioned to significantly reduce the homeownership gap.

This panel will discuss the Latino homeownership landscape. We will explain why the mortgage industry and policymakers have no choice but to start paying attention to the Latino mortgage market. Our panel will share the opportunities we have for transforming the homeownership landscape for Latino families and why our community has reason to be optimistic.

Noerena Limon

Executive Vice President, Public Policy and Industry Relations, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals
Panelist

Janneke Ratcliffe

Janneke Ratcliffe

Vice President, Urban Institute Housing Finance Policy Center
Panelist

Sam Valverde

Sam Valverde

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Ginnie Mae
Panelist

Maria Vergara

Senior Vice President, Head of Retail Diverse Segments, Wells Fargo Home Lending
Panelist

Luis Granados

Luis Granados

UnidosUS Board Chair
Chief Executive Officer, Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
UnidosUS Affiliate
Moderator

National Affiliate Luncheon

12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  |  National Affiliate Luncheon

Siempre Adelante: Our Quest for Latino Equity
National leaders address the UnidosUS 2022 Annual Conference with their vision for an equitable America. This session will be streamed on FB Live.

Helen Rodriguez-Trias Award Presentation

Hon. Joaquin Castro

Joaquin Castro

Congressman for the 20th District of Texas, U.S. House of Representatives
Featured Speaker

Hon. Ron Nirenberg

Hon. Ron Nirenberg

Mayor, City of San Antonio
Featured Speaker

Janet Murguía

Janet Murguía

President and CEO, UnidosUS
Welcome

Isis Romero

Isis Romero

News Anchor, KENS-TV
Emcee

MerXado

2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  |  MerXado

San Antonio is home to many talented artists and makers whose works express our community’s heritage and culture. Support these local entrepreneurs by visiting our first-ever MerXado! Whether you need gifts for upcoming birthdays, graduations, or anniversaries—or want to get something special for yourself—the MerXado will be a great opportunity to find something new while supporting local Latinx small business owners!

Blue Orange Potter  Barbaco Apparel         

Racial Equity

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  |  Plenary

Racial Equity: Weaving the Latino Narrative into the American Story
Latinos are by far the nation’s largest racial/ethnic minority, with an enormous impact on the country’s present and future economic prosperity. However, institutions in sectors such as academia, government, media, entertainment, and philanthropy, among others, lack an understanding of the structural barriers that have negatively impacted the social and economic progress of Latinos while also lacking awareness of the rich contributions Latinos have made and continue to make to our country.

This session will share critical findings from relevant research about the exclusion of Latinos from American media, history books, and policy solutions, as well as their efforts to achieve greater representation for Latinos and elevate an essential voice currently missing from the racial equity public discourse in the largest multiracial democracy. This session will be streamed on FB Live.

Hon. Joaquin Castro

Joaquin Castro

Congressman for the 20th District of Texas, U.S. House of Representatives
Featured Speaker

Julissa Arce

Activist, Writer, Producer
Panelist

Sonja Diaz

Sonja Diaz

Founding Director, UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Institute
Panelist

Lourdes Maria Rosado

Lourdes Maria Rosado

President & General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF
Panelist

Charles K. Kamasaki

Charles K. Kamasaki

Senior Cabinet Advisor, UnidosUS
Moderator

Welcome Reception

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  |  UnidosUS Welcome Reception

Adelante Juntos/Forward Together
Join fellow attendees for refreshments, music, and fun as we celebrate coming back together in person.

 


 

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  |  A Celebration of Service: A Reception Honoring Charles K. Kamasaki 

SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2022

CONFERENCE DAY 2

 

8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.  |  Affiliate Leadership Breakfast
(For Affiliates only. The Affiliate Leadership Breakfast Session has limited capacity; seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Suggested audience: Affiliate Leadership staff.)

Building Equity through American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding
Through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), state and local governments are receiving an unprecedented level of federal funds. Our Community Based Organizations (CBOs) served as the backbone of the pandemic recovery, providing critical resources to the hardest hit communities.

This is an opportunity to be engaged to ensure equitable resources reach Latino families and communities. This session will provide practical advice and guidance from community leaders who have successfully advocated for ARPA funds to be invested into the programs that will strengthen their communities, so we come all out stronger from the pandemic.

Alejandra Castillo

Alejandra Castillo

Assistant Secretary, Economic Development Administration
Featured Speaker

Victor Leandry

Executive Director, El Centro de Servicios Sociales, Inc.
UnidosUS Affiliate
Panelist

Carlos Martinez

Carlos Martinez

President/CEO, Latino Community Foundation of Colorado
UnidosUS Affiliate
Panelist

Adriana Rocha Garcia

District 4 City Councilwoman, San Antoino City Council
Panelist

Aida Cardenas

Aida Cardenas

UnidosUS Board Member
Deputy Director of Equity, Climate and Jobs, California Workforce Development Board
Moderator

Latinos and Student Debt

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  |  Workshops

 

Education Track
Latinos and Student Debt: A Barrier to Building Wealth

Student debt is the second largest consumer debt owed by Americans behind mortgage debt. Latinos are no exception to being impacted by the effects of the nation’s reliance on a debt-financed higher education system.

In 2016, the overall average student loan burden for Latinos was $15,797, a 60% increase from 2004. Once in repayment, 36% of Latinos owe more than the original borrowed amount 12 years after starting college. The long-term impact of debt accumulation pushes Latinos farther away from achieving critical life goals like buying a home, saving for retirement, or pursuing additional education—all building blocks for economic security.

During this workshop, attendees will learn about how student debt impacts Latino borrowers and the different policies that can be implemented to support current borrowers and future students.

Christopher Rivas

Christopher Rivas

Actor & Author, Brown Enough
Featured Speaker

Aurora Harris

Aurora Harris

Southern Region Director, Young Invincibles
Panelist

Katherine Welbeck

Katherine Welbeck

Director of Advocacy & Civil Rights Counsel, Student Borrower Protection Center
Panelist

Camille Phillips

Camille Phillips

Education Reporter, Texas Public Radio
Moderator

Policy Discussion

Generational Wealth Track
Policy Discussion: The Structural Barriers Impeding Latino Wealth

Latinos are an economic powerhouse in the United States and have shown, time and again, their unparalleled potential to shape the future. Yet, there remain significant structural barriers that impede Latinos’ ability to build generational wealth. This session will provide an overview of the tax, housing, and banking systems and how these impact Latinos. Finally, the session will provide an overview of policies that UnidosUS is advancing to address these barriers.

Susana Barragan

Policy Analyst, Economic Policy Project, UnidosUS
Panelist

Sam Kenney

Senior Policy Analyst, Economic Policy Project, UnidosUS
Panelist

Brayan Rosa-Rodriguez

Senior Policy Analyst, UnidosUS
Panelist

Santiago Sueiro

Santiago Sueiro

Senior Policy Analyst, UnidosUS
Panelist

Laura Arce

Senior Vice President, Economic Initiatives, UnidosUS
Moderator

Digital Equity

Latinx Incluxion Track
Digital Equity in the Workplace

The digital economy creates a great opportunity for job creation…and displacement. How can companies and workforce development providers ensure that existing and new workers are upskilled into the jobs of today and tomorrow? Our country’s economic well-being depends on it!

Beth Cobert

Beth Cobert

Chief Operating Officer, Markle Foundation
Panelist

Hector Mujica

Head of Economic Opportunity, Google.org
Panelist

Luis Quiñones

Luis Quiñones

Senior Director, Workforce Development and Adult Education, UnidosUS
Panelist

Luis Sandoval

Luis Sandoval

Executive Director, Building Skills Partnership
UnidosUS Affiliate
Panelist

Janie Barrera

Janie Barrera

Founder, LiftFund
Moderator

Beyond Clichés

Activiating Your Influence Track
Beyond Clichés: What Small Talk Can Do for You

The idea of striking up a conversation with someone you don’t know can be intimidating. When you add that many younger Latinx prefer to socialize and communicate through use of mobile technology, the “art of small talk” is becoming increasingly elusive. The goal of this interactive session will be to introduce how participants can begin to feel comfortable and effective in professional networking. We will examine the assets and strengths within ourselves, our community, and culture that can empower us as Latinx (of all ages and backgrounds) to professionally engage with the world around us.

Activities will include:
•  Interaction with other participants, getting to know one another
•  Starting a conversation and making a good first impression
•  Identifying your assets
•  Tactics in communication
•  How to be remembered

Analco González

Analco González

JD, MBA, Managing Partner, OCI Group
Presenter

Ixchell González

Ixchell González

Partner, OCI Group
Presenter

Olivia Travieso

Olivia Travieso

MPA, Partner, OCI Grou
Presenter

Latinas Luncheon

12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  |  Latinas Luncheon


How the Pandemic Inspired Us to Live Fully and Lead Boldly

The pandemic changed our lives — for today, for tomorrow, and for the future. Latinas from different lifestyles and careers share their experiences about the bold decisions they made to define and take control of their new normal, live life fully and lead boldly. This session will be streamed on FB Live.

** Featuring a special performance by singer and actress Adassa, the voice of Dolores in Disney’s Encanto.

Janet Murguía

Janet Murguía

President and CEO, UnidosUS
Welcome

Julie Chavez Rodriguez

Julie Chavez Rodriguez

Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President, Director of The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, The White House
Featured Speaker

Hon. Leticia Van De Putte

Leticia van de Putte

President, Andrade-Van de Putte & Associates
Featured Speaker

Lucy Flores

Lucy Flores

CEO and Founder, Luz Collective
Panelist

Yvett Merino

Producer, Encanto
Panelist

Erika Prosper Nirenberg

Erika Prosper-Nirenberg

First Lady of San Antonio & Senior Director of Customer Insights, H-E-B
Panelist

Marilyn Alverio

Founder and CEO, Latinas & Power Corp.
Moderator

Plenary

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  |  Plenary

Policy Update: From the States to the Federal Landscape: Opportunities for Progress for Latinos in 2022
As the nation emerges from the pandemic, connecting how local and state issues relate to the national picture is critical to communicating for impact with the public.

This panel will connect what’s happening in the states with the federal landscape and focus on a few of the best opportunities to engage our community over the coming months in the lead-up to the mid-term elections.

We will cover major issues from the headlines on the state and federal levels and describe how organizations and communities could and should respond as Congress hangs in the balance. This session will be streamed on FB Live.

Amalia Chamorro

Director, Education Policy, UnidosUS
Panelist

Carlos Guevara

Carlos Guevara

Director, Immigration Policy, UnidosUS
Panelist

Clarissa Martinez

Deputy Vice President, Policy & Advocacy, UnidosUS
Panelist

Alvaro Zarco

Alvaro Zarco

Senior Legislative Analyst, UnidosUS
Panelist

Eric Rodriguez

Senior Vice President, Policy and Advocacy, UnidosUS
Moderator

Reception

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  |  Reception: ¡Presente!

Celebrating the Power of Our Stories
Gather with fellow attendees in this reception honoring the contributions of the Latino community to our country’s history.

 


 

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  |  Raza Development Fund Reception

MONDAY, JULY 11, 2022

CONFERENCE DAY 3

 

9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.  |  Plenary

Latinx Incluxion Track
Latinx IncluXion: DEI Includes Latinos: How is DEI Showing Up for Latinos in the Workplace

Equity and representation are more than just buzz words. The demographics of our country are changing and so are we as a community. However, the culture of our workplaces is not moving as fast.

How can we leverage the data, lift our voice, and lead in this moment? How are we being intentional about educating and building understanding of how Latinos are integral to the DEI conversation and practice? How do we, and our workplaces, recognize the diversity within our community? What are the best practices and tools? And who are the experts demonstrating how when DEI includes Latinos, it’s good for everyone? This session will be streamed on FB Live.

Sponsored by: Experian  |  JPMorgan Chase  |  Shell USA, Inc.

Carolina Espinal

Carolina Espinal

Founder and CEO, Mozaic Strategies
Featured Speaker

Juan Rajlin

Juan Rajlin

VP & Treasurer, Alphabet/Google
Panelist

Esperanza Teasdale

VP and General Manager, PepsiCo Multicultural Business Unit
Panelist

Cid Wilson

Cid Wilson

President and CEO, HACR
Panelist

Yrthya Dinzey-Flores

VP, DEI, Social Impact & Sustainability, Just Works
Moderator

Latino Trends in Higher Education

11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  |  Workshops

 

Education Track
Latino Trends in Higher Education & the Equitable Path to Recovery

Higher education as a tool for economic mobility is weakening and current trends show a worrisome picture. Emerging research tells us high school Hispanic seniors were more likely to change their college plans than other racial or ethnic groups. And one year into the pandemic, Latino enrollment in college dropped by more than 20% at community colleges.

Latinos are facing high tradeoffs; deciding between supplementing their parents’ lost income or taking on debt to cover college expenses. These outcomes reflect the systemic barriers present in our higher education system. Luckily, the solutions are known; it is up to us to advocate for the interventions that help Latinos start and finish college.

Emily Calderon Galdeano

Emily Calderon Galdeano

Chief Impact and Strategy Officer, UP Partnership
Panelist

Eyra Perez

Eyra Perez

Vice President, Institutional Capacity, Excelencia in Education
Panelist

Victor Saenz

Victor Saenz

Professor & Department Chair, University of Texas at Austin, College of Education, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy
Panelist

Melody Gonzales

Melody Gonzales

Executive Director, White House Initiative Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence & Economic Opportunity for Hispanics
Moderator

Caregiver Nation

Health and Wellness Track
Caregiver Nation: A Discussion on Family Wellness

More than one-third of Latino households have someone at home caring for an adult relative or friend. In this session you will learn more about how national and local organizations are embarking on transformative work to challenge prevailing notions and create a new vision that emphasizes the positive values and contributions of family caregivers and family systems in the Latino community.

Dr. Julie Morita

Julie Morita

Executive Vice President, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Panelist

Helena Olea

Associate Director for Programs, Alianza Americas
Panelist

Jason Resendez

President & CEO, National Alliance for Caregiving
Panelist

Carmen Velasquez

Carmen Velasquez

Founder, Healthy Illinois
Panelist

Dr. Hector F. Gonzalez

Dr. Hector Gonzalez

President/Founder, National Hispanic Institute of San Antonio
Moderator

Wellness at Work

Health and Wellness Track Latinx Incluxion Track
Wellness at Work: Fresh Thinking on Benefits and Incentives as a Workforce Recruitment and Retention Tool

In 2021, nearly 50 million workers quit their jobs at a record-breaking average of 4 million per month. As employers work to remain competitive in a job-seekers market, companies have dug deeper into creative options for benefits and incentives like unlimited PTO, concierge services, or lunchtime yoga.
Hear about employee and leadership engagement strategies, risk assessment, and how to making the case despite the cost.  Affiliates, employees, and HR leads will all get something they can take back to their workplaces.

Gregorio Flores

Gregorio flores

SHRM Foundation Board
Panelist

Liselda Fabian

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Manager, HR-Workforce Development, AltaMed Health Services
UnidosUS Affiliate
Moderator

Roger Gonzales

Roger Gonzales

President, CPLC New Mexico Inc.
UnidosUS Affiliate
Panelist

Shalom Wilburn

Shalom Wilburn

Director of Benefits, USAA
Panelist

Centered: Best Practices in Community Engagement

Latinx Incluxion Track
Centered: Best Practices in Community Engagement

Companies execute diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives (DEI) in a myriad of ways. Some house DEI within HR, others in philanthropy, and still others as their own business units working on the application of DEI application across the organizational chart. But whether through ERGs, funding, or advocacy, the very best examples honor community voice. Hear from both corporate and nonprofit leaders on how to establish authentic community partnerships and shared leadership models.

Mauricio Calvo

Mauricio Calvo

CEO, Latino Memphis
UnidosUS Affiliate
Panelist

Louise Garcia

Louise Garcia

Strategy Manager for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, UPS
Panelist

Jacquelyn Puente

Associate Vice President, External Affairs, Comcast Corporation
Panelist

Sonia Pérez

Chief Operating Officer, UnidosUS
Moderator

San Antonio: Honoring our roots

Activiating Your Influence Track
San Antonio: Honoring our roots and building a more equitable future

By establishing equity as a foundation of policy making, San Antonio has pioneered efforts to address historical disparities and injustices. This approach has put San Antonio, which is the largest majority-Hispanic/Latino city in the nation, in a prime position to be a model for building a more resilient community in a post-pandemic America. This session is an opportunity to hear from local leaders on the work that is being done to honor our culture and history, and build a better future through equity and inclusion.

Hon. Ron Nirenberg

Hon. Ron Nirenberg

Mayor, City of San Antonio
Featured Speaker & Moderator

Mark Carmona

Mark Carmona

Chief Housing Officer, City of San Antonio
Panelist

Dr. Mike Flores

Mike Flores

Chancellor, Alamo Colleges District
Panelist

Dr. Sarah Gould

sarah zenaida gould

Executive Director, Mexican American Civil Rights Institute
Panelist

Dr. Carmen Tafolla

Dr. Carmen Tafolla

San Antonio's Inaugural Poet Laureate
Panelist

Securing the Bag

Generational Wealth Track
Securing the Bag: Financial Literacy in a Community that Doesn’t Talk About Money

Latinos graduate from college at lower rates, buy homes at lower rates, and have accumulated wealth at lower rates. However, the growth of the Latino population, now at 62 million, means that we will contribute to, if not lead, growth in all of these areas.

The gig economy and content creation is diversifying income streams, and many first-generation college graduates are becoming the first in their families to earn a salary versus hourly wages. Hear about why financial literacy programs and curriculum are critical to our country’s economic progress, and how to implement community and/or employee programs that get us there.

Carla Molina

Carla Molina

Head of U.S. Local External Communications & Austin Market Executive, Bank of America
Panelist

Katherine Rodriguez

Katherine Rodriguez

Senior Manager, Federal Public Engagement, DoorDash
Panelist

Christi Vasquez

Christi Vasquez

Associate Director of Programs, SERJobs, Houston
Panelist

Juan Carlos Gonzalez

Juan Carlos González

UnidosUS Board Member
Councilor-District 4, Oregon Metro Council
Moderator

Latinx IncluXion Luncheon

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  |  Latinx IncluXion Luncheon

Dr. Jill Biden



A Powerful Case for Equity
Equity in education is the foundation for equity in every other sector. As the pandemic and the Uvalde massacre have underscored the need for culturally and linguistically competent health responses, the nation’s leaders join us to chart the path forward for Latino children and families.
This session will be streamed on FB Live.

Sponsored by: Amazon  |  Google  |  Marriott  |  UPS  |  Wells Fargo

January Contreras

January Contreras

Assistant Secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services / Administration for Children and Families
Panelist

Roberto Rodríguez

Roberto Rodríguez

Assistant Secretary, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, US Department of Education
Panelist

Dr. Teresa Granillo

Dr. Teresa Granillo

Chief Executive Officer, UnidosUS Board Member
AVANCE National
UnidosUS Affiliate
Moderator

Hon. Asa Hutchinson

Gov. Asa Hutchinson

Governor, State of Arkansas
Featured Speaker

MerXado

2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  |  MerXado

San Antonio is home to many talented artists and makers whose works express our community’s heritage and culture. Support these local entrepreneurs by visiting our first-ever MerXado! Whether you need gifts for upcoming birthdays, graduations, or anniversaries—or want to get something special for yourself—the MerXado will be a great opportunity to find something new while supporting local Latinx small business owners!

Blue Orange Potter  Barbaco Apparel         

Plenary

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  |  Plenary

We Should Talk About Bruno: Putting the Spotlight on Latino Mental Health
The pandemic, politics and mass shootings have worsened the mental health of Latinos, and far too many are suffering in silence. Nearly half of Hispanic adults report feeling anxious or depressed, and Latino children are also experiencing unprecedented levels of stress. We’re bringing together policymakers and community members to discuss solutions to ensure the future wellbeing of all in our community and our country. This session will be streamed on FB Live.

Sponsored by: Johnson & Johnson

January Contreras

January Contreras

Assistant Secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services / Administration for Children and Families
Featured Speaker

Vivek Murthy

Vivek Murthy

United States Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Featured Speaker

Adriana Alejandre

Adriana Alejandre

Founder, Latinx Therapy
Panelist

Elizabeth Lutz

Elizabeth Lutz

Chief Executive Officer, The Health Collaborative
Panelist

Dr. David A. Valdez

Dr. David Valdez

Chief Medical Officer, CHDI, Uvalde, TX
Panelist

Rita Carreon

Rita Carreon

Vice President, Health, UnidosUS
Moderator

Awards Gala

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  |  Awards Gala and Dinner

This session will be streamed on FB Live.

Sponsored by: Bank of America  |   Constellation Brands  |  McDonald’s  |  PepsiCo

Honorees:

Rosie Castro

Rosie Castro

Civil Rights Activist
Maclovio Barraza Award for Leadership

Eduardo Díaz

Eduardo Diaz

Acting Deputy Director, National Museum of the American Latino
Graciela Olivarez La Raza Award

Tommy Espinoza

Tom Espinoza

Co-founder, President & Chief Executive Officer, Raza Development Fund
Raul Yzaguirre President’s Award

Jean Guerrero

Jean Guerrero

Opinion Columnist, Los Angeles Times
Ruben Salazar Award for Communications

Iván "Pudge" Rodríguez

Iván "Pudge" Rodríguez

Major League Baseball Hall of Famer
The Roberto Clemente Award for Sports Excellence

Conference Awards Gala After-Party

9 p.m. to 11 p.m.  |  Conference Awards Gala After-Party

Sponsored by: Molson Coors

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