2022 UnidosUS Annual Conference Full Schedule

From Saturday, July 9 to Monday, July 11, you’ll have 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.

2022 Conference Schedule

Workshops and schedule are subject to change.


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


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.

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Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez, President, NextGen America
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Nina Perales, Vice President of Litigation, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (MALDEF)








10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  |  Workshops

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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!


3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  |  Plenary

Racial Equity: Weaving the Latino Narrative in 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.

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 



DAY 2: SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2022


8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.  |  Affiliate Leadership Breakfast
(by invitation only)

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.


10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  |  Workshops

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.

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.

Digital Equity as a Recruitment and Retention Priority
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!


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.


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.


12:30 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.


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!


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.


6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  |  Reception: Our Stories

¡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


DAY 3: MONDAY, JULY 11, 2022


9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.  |  Plenary

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?

Sponsored by: Experian  |  JPMorgan Chase  |  Shell


11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  |  Workshops

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.

Wellness at Work: Fresh Thinking on Benefits and Incentives as a Workforce Recruitment and Retention Tool (Latinx IncluXion Crossover)
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.


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.

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.

Activating Your Influence


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

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.

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


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.

Sponsored by: Johnson & Johnson


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

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


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

Sponsored by: Molson Coors

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