The summit is designed as an opportunity for top members of the administration to share information and resources with Hispanic community leaders, and for community and business leaders to engage with state officials on opportunities and challenges that directly impact Latino communities. Topics of importance that will be addressed at the summit include improving the justice system, education reforms and increasing civic participation. Latino Virginians represent 8.6 percent of the population, with 4.5 percent of Virginia businesses owned by Latino men and women.
“As we celebrate Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month and the many contributions made by this community across Virginia, we must ensure our policies and resources are effectively addressing community issues through direct engagement with Latino business and community leaders,” said Governor McAuliffe. “This summit is the best way for both state policymakers and Virginia Latino leaders to work together directly to build a new Virginia economy that can be enjoyed by people all across the Commonwealth.”
Summit participants will hear from various state officials, including the Secretary of Education, Secretary of the Commonwealth and the Commissioner from the Department of Elections. Each will provide insight on initiatives currently underway.
“Increasing civic participation continues to be one of the top priorities for Governor McAuliffe’s administration,” stated Secretary of the Commonwealth Kelly Thomasson. “The 2nd Latino Summit is a great forum for the Latino community to engage directly with our state government. Whether it is restoring civil rights, commissioning Notaries Public, or making appointments to state boards and commissions, it is crucial that our government reflect the interests of Virginia.”
“The 2nd Latino Summit is a fantastic opportunity to discuss the Governor’s bold education initiatives,” Secretary of Education Dietra Trent said. “Engaging with leaders in the Latino community is imperative as we work together to establish an education system that provides all Virginians with the skills they need and the resources they deserve.”
Registration is limited. For additional information and registration details, please visit: http://governor.virginia.gov/latinosummit. - See more at: https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=16823#sthash.U6F4lWvc.dpuf