Oct. 27, 2011: White House Hispanic Community Action Summit in Las Cruces, NM

October 20, 2011 via Garrey Carruthers, Dean, College of Business, by Jose Rico via email

Summit Overview

In his State of the Union address, the President laid out his vision for America to win the future. The President made it clear that the most important contest we face today is not between Democrats and Republicans, but rather America’s contest with competitors across the globe for the jobs and industries of our time. To win that contest and secure prosperity for Hispanics and all Americans, we have to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. The Hispanic community plays an integral part of that plan to win the future. As such we have unveiled whitehouse.gov/hispanic and Winning the Future: The President’s Agenda and the Hispanic Community.

Las Cruces is fortunate to have been selected by the White House for the next site of their Hispanic Community Action Summit. The upcoming event provides a wonderful opportunity for our students, faculty and staff to engage with senior members of the current administration to discuss topics of critical importance to the future of our nation, state and university.
Ben Woods, Senior VP for External Relations

It is our pleasure to invite you to join us at the White House Hispanic Community Action Summit in Las Cruces, New Mexico on Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Las Cruces Convention Center (Ballroom), 680 East University Avenue, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001.

The gathering is designed to connect senior Obama Administration officials from a wide array of policy areas with Hispanic leaders, business owners, and local officials to discuss issues critical to the Hispanic community, New Mexico, and the nation. The summit is part of a series currently taking place across the country.

This regional gathering follows summits held in Las Vegas, NV, Orlando, FL, and a White House Hispanic Public Policy Conference held in Washington, D.C. in July. As with prior meetings, the event in New Mexico will provide an opportunity for you to interact with senior Administration officials on important issues ranging from jobs and the economy to education, health care, and fixing the broken immigration system so that we meet our nation’s 21st-century economic and security needs.

The summit will consist of an innovative open space dialogue where you will work together with other participants to define the agenda and shape the format. Local leaders and Administration officials will welcome participants in the morning plenary on Tuesday.

Register for the summit: http://bit.ly/qdIS1T

The goals for this summit are:

  1. Relationship Building—Connecting Latino leaders to key Administration decisionmakers;
  2. Obama Administration 101—Ensuring folks gain a deeper understanding of the multifaceted ways this Administration’s agenda connects to the Hispanic community; and
  3. Working Together—Allowing participants to connect with each other and Administration officials to address how we improve access and outcomes for the Hispanic community.

Jose Rico


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