Summit Program

LEAD Summit VIII
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Santos Manuel Student Union, CSUSB

8:00 AM: Check-In / Live Music

9:00 AM: Opening Ceremony

9:10 AM: Welcome Remarks / Bienvenida

9:50 AM: Panel - “Historic Southern California Mexicano/Latino Leadership Summit: Response to Presidency Agenda”

10:30 AM: Break / “Un Cafecito” & Live Performance

10:45 AM: LEAD Week Report - Binational Parent Leadership Institute II

10:50 AM: Panel -"The Majority Report: Supporting the Educational Success of Latino Students in California"

11:25 AM: Featured Speaker – "Latinx and the Community College: Promoting Pathways to Postsecondary Degrees"

12:00 PM: Lunch / Live Entertainment

1:15 PM: LEAD Week Report - Catholic Schools Expo

1:20 PM: Featured Speaker - "Nuevo Modelo Educativo"

1:50 PM: Panel –“Resource Recovery & Recycling: US-Mexico Relations Toward a More Sustainable Future”

2:25 PM: Featured Speaker - "Building California's Future Begins Today"

2:40 PM: LEAD Week Report - PUENTE Student Leadership Forum

2:45 PM: Panel - “Salute to the Impact of ‘Zoot Suit’ (Play): An Alumni Reunion”

3:30 PM: Break / “Otro Cafecito” & Live Performance

3:45 PM: LEAD Week Report - César E. Chávez Memorial Breakfast VI

3:50 PM: Featured Panel – "A United Force: Preserving California Legislation and Values under a Trump Administration”

4:25 PM: Capstone Address - "Sin Fronteras - Educating Beyond Borders"

4:45 PM: Concluding Remarks & Acknowledgements / Despedida

* Sessions schedule subject to change.  Please check back to see the most up to date schedule of events.

Program Detail

Masters of Ceremony

Dr. Enrique Murillo

Dr. Enrique Murillo

Elias Escamilla

Prof. Elias Escamilla

8:00 AM: Check-In - Live Music

  • Continental Breakfast, Distribution of Packets and Optional Credit Registration
  • West Covina High School Choral Department

West Covina High School Choral Department Tyler Wigglesworth//Director

 


9:00 AM: Opening Ceremony

  • Color Guard Presentation 
    Air Force Junior ROTC, West Covina High School
  • Pledge of Allegiance
    Jesus Acuña-Perez, Capt. (ret) USAF, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor, West Covina High School
  • National Anthem
    West Covina High School Choral Department
  • Invocation
    Reverend Javier Gonzalez-Cabrera, Associate Vocations Director, Diocese of San Bernardino

Jesus Acuña-Perez, Capt. (ret) USAF

Capt. Jesus Acuña-Perez

West Covina High School - Air Force JROTC CA 20051

Air Force Junior ROTC, West Covina High School

West Covina High School Choral Department Tyler Wigglesworth//Director

Reverend Javier Gonzalez

Reverend Javier Gonzalez-Cabrera


9:10 AM: Welcome Remarks / Bienvenida

  • Dr. Timothy P. White
    Chancellor, California State University
    Video Message
  • Dr. Tomás D. Morales
    President 
    California State University, San Bernardino
  • Dr. Jay Fiene 
    Dean, College of Education 
    California State University, San Bernardino
  • Very Rev. Msgr. Gerard M. Lopez, STL, Vicar General
    Diocese of San Bernardino, California
  • Hon. Billy Adolfo José Muñoz Miranda
    Chief Consul of Guatemala
    San Bernardino, CA

Chancellor Tim White

Chancellor Tim White

Dr. Tomás D. Morales, President

Dr. Tomás D. Morales

Dr. Jay Fiene Dean, College of Education

Dr. Jay Fiene

Msgr. Lopez

Very Rev. Msgr. Gerard M. Lopez, STL, Vicar General

Hon. Billy Adolfo José Muñoz Miranda

Hon. Billy Adolfo José Muñoz Miranda

9:50 AM: Panel – “Historic Southern California Mexicano/Latino Leadership Summit: Response to Presidency Agenda”

Panel Chair:

  • Dr. Armando Navarro, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Riverside and California Latino Leadership Summit Overall Coordinator

Panelists:

  • Rubyd Olvera, Student, Sociology / Public Policy Minor, Career Center Peer Adviser, University of California, Riverside
  • Angela Sanbrano, JD, Chair of CARECEN, Central American Resource Center, Executive Director of the Mexican Network of Migrant Leaders and Organizations (Red MX), and President Emeritus of Alianza Americas
  • Russell Marco Jauregui, Esq., Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Russell Jauregui
  • Hon. Felipe Aguirre, former Mayor of Maywood, CA, and Legal Coordinator, Comité Pro Uno

On Saturday, December 3, 2016 a historic “Southern California Mexicano/Latino Leadership Preliminary Summit" session was held to discuss the development of a local, state, national and international unified and coordinated strategic plan of action in response to the election of Donald Trump. His “anti-Mexicano/Latino” campaign promises called for the deportation of 12 million undocumented migrants; the building of a wall along the 2000-mile border; the further “militarization” of the Cactus Curtain (U.S./Mexico border); the possible cancellation of NAFTA; the end of remittances from the U.S. to Mexico; and other repressive policies that would impact education and the economy, all while continuing to deteriorate ethnic/race relations in this country.

Facilitated by UCR Emeritus Professor Armando Navarro, one hundred influential leaders (representing elected officials, education, students, business, community, pro-immigrant rights advocates, church, etc.) from throughout Southern California’s six counties met to assess the Latino vote in the 2016 presidential elections. The December 3rd preliminary meeting was co-hosted by Professor and Founder Dr. Enrique Murillo, of Latino Education and Advocacy Days (LEAD) at CSUSB, and Chairperson George Aguilar of the Inland Empire LULAC Council.

In the room were key Latino advocates, civil rights and social justice leaders who best poised to assess the state of equity and opportunity in the Inland Empire and Southern CA as a whole, examined how the new Presidency may affect our region in aspects of education, health care, and civil rights. The leaders would also eventually leverage data, research, and policy to strengthen educational and advocacy efforts in response to the dismantling of civil liberties.

The unanimous consent was that we would soon witness the dismissal or misinterpretation of much of the Constitution, greater danger in foreign policy and affairs, continual denial of climate change, and the appointment at least one, if not several, Supreme Court justices. Further, given the conduct and outcome of the recent Presidential contest, including repeated instances of derisive and inflammatory language directed against ethnic, LGBTQIA+, religious, women, and other minorities/marginalized communities, the leaders were concerned that members of our community are at heightened risk of harassment and discrimination.

The idea of placing millions of people in detention centers and deporting them may seem far-fetched to others, but as Chicano/Mexicano/Latinos we lived through several historical precedents for this in the twentieth century. In the Great Depression era of the 1930s, up to a million of us, including US-born citizens, were repatriated with no formal deportation hearings. Then in 1954, more than a million of us, again, were deported during “Operation Wetback” with hundreds of immigration officers rapidly processing the deportees in temporary detention camps. So, while it would be logistically complicated, a motivated president could conceivably deport upwards of one million families a year, and “voluntarily remove” many tens of thousands more.

We are at a historical juncture that may heighten to unimaginable extremes the levels of repression and persecution of our communities, and that demands from Mexicanos and Latinos, among others, that we organize and strategize a unified and coordinated response to the onerous anticipated policy challenges of a Trump Presidency.

The panel will speak to the organizing alliances and infrastructure, grassroots power-base, phases and task forces of the proposed local, statewide, national, and international “strategic plan of action” that would be finalized at a Mexicano/Latino leadership Summit to be held in May for the purpose of developing a national/international coordinated response.

Dr. Armando Navarro

Dr. Armando Navarro

Robyd Olvera

Rubyd Olvera

Angela Sambrano

Angela Sambrano, JD.

Russell Marco Jauregui

Russell Marco Jauregui, Esq.

Felipe Aguirre

Hon. Felipe Aguirre

10:30 AM: Break / “Un Cafecito” & Live Performance

The UPLM music program is designed to create effective student leaders that will utilize their musical talent to impact the community through: Leadership, Teamwork, Work Ethics, and Philanthropy. Unidos Por La Musica believes in wielding the power of music to educate and create CHANGE! While learning proper vocal techniques, stage presence, and becoming performance ready, students will learn that together through music they can help the less fortunate. Students will participate in UPLM charitable community events as a platform to music careers of their choice. All proceeds from talent shows and concerts will benefit the UPLM community programs; hunger, education, scholarships, and music.

UNIDOS POR LA MUSICA


10:45 AM: LEAD Week Report - Binational Parent Leadership Institute II

BPLI logo

Binational Parent Leadership Institute Program


10:50 AM: Panel - "The Majority Report: Supporting the Educational Success of Latino Students in California"

Introduction / Moderator:

  • Anthony Chavez, External Relations Associate, The Education Trust West

Panelists:

  • Raquel Simental, Director of External Relations & Communications, The Education Trust-West
  • Julia Vergara, Co-Executive Director, Puente Project, University of California
  • Linda Vasquez, Director, Regional Affairs, Campaign for College Opportunity

    Blog Talk Radio Podcast - Raquel Simental

This panel discusses the new report by The Education Trust –West, The Majority Report: Supporting the Educational Success of Latino Students in California, a comprehensive look at the status of California’s Latino students. The report presents a range of extant statewide data from multiple sources, and also incorporates original research and stories from primary first-hand sources, such as interviews with current and former students.

The Majority Report investigates Latino students’ experiences, from issues affecting early education gaps, through the causes of lower college attainment rates, and the barriers faced as they prepare for, enter, and complete postsecondary education. In addition to identifying problems, the report highlights solutions: practices and policies that have been effective for Latino students, parents, and educators.

The report will be released late Spring 2017. For more information or to ensure you receive a copy of the report upon release, please e-mail information@edtrustwest.org.

Anthony Chavez

Anthony Chavez

Raquel Pimental

Raquel Simental

Julia Vergara

Julia Vergara

Linda Vasquez

Linda Vasquez

*Presentation made possible through a working partnership with The Education Trust—West, which is the California based office of the nationally recognized Education Trust based in Washington D.C.  The Education Trust—West works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-k through college, by exposing opportunity and achievement gaps that separate students of color and low-income students from other youth, identifying and advocating for the strategies that will forever close those gaps.

Education Trust-west Logo

11:25 AM: Featured Speaker - Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley - "Latinx and the Community College: Promoting Pathways to Postsecondary Degrees"

Introduction:

  • Dr. Martha Rivas, Dean, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Moreno Valley College

Speaker:

  • Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor, California Community Colleges

Moderators: 

  • Dr. Edna Martinez, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership & Technology, CSUSB
  • Dr. Nancy Acevedo-Gil, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership & Technology, CSUSB

Session Remarks:

  • Dr. Daniel Solorzano, Professor of Social Science and Comparative Education, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, Chicana and Chicano Studies, and Women’s Studies, University of California, Los Angeles.

Latino/a/x have become the largest student population of color in higher education and represent 25% of community college students nationwide.  When compared to Whites, Latino/a/x are more likely to choose a community college, even after controlling for academic achievement and socioeconomic status. Thus, upon completing high school, 46% of Latinx enroll in the community college sector. When entering the community college system, approximately 51% of Latino/a/x aspire to transfer to a four-year college, but less than 14% will earn the bachelor’s degree within six years of enrollment. Ultimately, 35% of Latino/a/x earning a bachelor’s degree are transfer students, which is the highest among other racial groups.

U.S. community colleges are complex organizations to lead. Upholding the multiple missions of the community college; responding to the nation’s developmental education crisis; addressing low completion and transfer rates; contending with dwindling, insufficient, and shifting revenue streams; (re)building relationships with board members; and operating within a culture of increased audit and accountability are but a few of the challenges with which community college leadership and faculty must grapple. Additionally, an increasing number of community college leaders and faculty now face decisions centered on the added role of conferring baccalaureate degrees.

Within this context, the discussion frames the community college as a sector that can facilitate college access for Latino/a/x students as well as a context where students, faculty, and leaders have to navigate and overcome institutional challenges to bridge degree aspirations with completions. This panel will highlight the multiple ways in which community college Latino/a/x students and leaders respond to and challenge institutionalized obstacles in the community college pathway.           

 

Dr. Martha Rivas

Dr. Martha Rivas

Eloy Ortiz Oakley

Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley

Dr. Edna Martinez

Dr. Edna Martinez

Nancy Acevedo

Dr. Nancy Acevedo-Gil

Daniel Solorzano

Dr. Daniel Solorzano

*Presentation made possible through a working partnership with the Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, of which a Special Theme Issue will appear in late 2017 under the same title as this panel. The AMAE Journal addresses research and academic issues of importance in the education of Mexican-American/Latino children and families to help inform those working in the field of educational studies. In addition, it hopes this research is of service to other stakeholders, such as administrators, policymakers, teachers, civic leaders, and parents. In this way, the AMAE Journal is organized and focused to make an immediate impact at different educational levels, apprising different constituencies—from academia to policymakers to school districts—on the conditions of Mexican-American/Latino students and their families.


12:00 PM: Lunch / Live Entertainment

  • Aztec Dancers - Grupo Xipetotec

* All performances throughout the summit made possible through the generous support of our "Arts, Culture, Music & Entertainment" sponsor/benefactor, Dr. Judy Rodriguez Watson. Judy’s impact on the education and arts communities has been extraordinary. She has served in a number of capacities at the university, including as the honorary chairperson for the CSUSB Latino Education and Advocacy Days Summit in 2011, where she was affectionately referred to as “La Madrina de Honor,” or godmother.

Aztec Dancers - Grupo Xipetotec

Grupo Xipetotec

Judy Rodriguez Watson

Dr. Judy Rodriguez Watson

1:15 PM: LEAD Week Report - Catholic Schools Expo

Edu Catolica

San Bernardino Catholic Schools

1:20 PM: Featured Speaker - Hon. Enrique Salomón Rosas Ramirez, Chief Consul of Mexico in San Bernardino, CA - "Nuevo Modelo Educativo"

Speaker:

  • Hon. Enrique Salomón Rosas Ramírez, Chief Consul of Mexico in San Bernardino, CA

Consul Rosas has held a number of positions in the Mexican federal government, serving as head of the federal anti-poverty program Solidaridad in Mexico City; head of the executive management and budget committee of Solidaridad; chief of staff to the Head of Delegations of the Ministry of Social Development; advisor to the Undersecretary of Regional Development in the Ministry of Management and Budget of Mexico; deputy delegate of government and legal affairs for the towns of Coyoacan and Milpa Alta in Mexico City; and advisor to the corporate management office of PEMEX, the Mexican state-owned petroleum company.

He also served as a congressman in the LXI Legislature, as coordinator of the state of San Luis Potosi’s caucus, chairman of the Food Scarcity Commission and a member of the finance commission. He was also clerk to the Second Committee of the Interior in the Federal Senate’s LIV Legislature and chief of staff to the chair of the Justice Commission of Federal Congress in the LII Legislature.

Consul Rosas

Hon. Enrique Salomón Rosas Ramírez

 

Estados Unidos de Mexico
       

1:50 PM: Panel - “Resource Recovery & Recycling: US-Mexico Relations Toward a More Sustainable Future”

Introduction / Moderator:

  • Irma Flores, Former Government and Public Relations Director, US Department of Commerce, MBDA Business Center, Inland Empire

Panelists:

  • Jorge Orozco, President/CEO SCOR Industries, CPA, former Deloitte Executive (Mexico)
  • Rod Pacheco, Laws and Regulations, former District Attorney, Riverside County
  • Jon Michael Huls, Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Zero Waste Communities, Santa Monica College
  • Cesar Rios, Director of Marketing, Sales and Business Development, SCOR Industries

    Blog Talk Radio Podcast - Irma Flores

Education and awareness in the area of resource recovery & recycling are increasingly important from a global perspective of resource management and conservation, and are key to achieving zero waste. Resource recovery is the selective extraction of disposed materials for a specific next use, such as recycling, composting or energy generation in order to extract the maximum benefits from products, delay the consumption of virgin resources, and reduce the amount of waste generated.

What one person might consider “trash”, could be better considered “resources” – just a simple change in perspective, and this recovery process is crucial in not only reducing the impact of waste on our environment, but to foster environmental stewardship in our increasingly populous society with demands for convenience, a higher standard of living, and a higher level of technological productivity.

This panel will present on the economic disparity between Mexico and the US and how it has created very different markets for resource recovery and recyclables in each country. The panelists will discuss waste management practices and market, price differences, transborder business and flow of materials, PET plastic recycling, steps for sustainable management, recycling laws, and international trade.

Now, for than ever, both business and educational communities must work in tandem to increase knowledge and encourage making healthy sustainable choices, for the preservation of the environment and improve our environmental efficiencies.

This is a call to become aware that environmental damage is the result of many complex, interrelated factors, and how local, state, national and transnational economic, political, and social problems are inter-related; and to further emphasize that everything in our environment is related to everything else and that, at least ecologically speaking, everything we do has an effect on someone or something else.  

 

Irma Flores

Irma Flores

jorge Orozco

Jorge Orozco

Hon. Rod Pacheco

Hon. Rod Pacheco

J. Michael Huls

Prof. John Michael Huls

Cesar Rios

Cesar Rios

*Presentation made possible through a working partnership with SCOR Industries; an innovative company born out of an industry that began in the early 1970’s when construction waste pioneers first managed construction waste, on-site, for California builders of large-scale residential housing projects. SCOR Industries predecessors developed a system of source separation of construction materials which lead to SCOR Industries’ ability to achieve 96% diversion at construction and demolition sites. The SCOR system of debris management and diversion has made it possible for builders and construction firms to reach Silver and Platinum LEEDs Program certification and compliance with CalGreen, the State’s new green-building code which is the most prominent in the United States. Now, SCOR Industries can become an integral part of any city’s Zero Waste Program carving out zero waste levels of diversion in the building and construction industry. (video)

2:25 PM: Featured Speaker - Hon. John Chiang - "Building California's Future Begins Today"

Introduction / Moderator:

  • Kareem Gongora, Chairman for San Bernardino Superintendent County Committee on School District Organization
  • Jordan Wright, Policy Advisor, County of San Bernardino

Speaker:

  • Hon. John Chiang, California State Treasurer - Video

John Chiang was elected on Nov. 4, 2014, as California’s 33rd State Treasurer. As the state’s banker, he oversees trillions of dollars in annual transactions, manages a $75 billion investment portfolio, and is the nation’s largest issuer of municipal bonds.

In addition, he chairs financing authorities that help provide good-paying jobs, better schools, improved transportation, quality health care, more affordable housing and a cleaner environment. He handles those duties while sitting on the governing boards of the nation’s two largest public pension funds with combined assets exceeding $496 billion.

Kareem Gongora

Kareem Gongora

Jordan Wright

Jordan Wright

John Chiang

Hon. John Chiang

2:40 PM: LEAD Week Report - PUENTE Project Student Leadership Forum

PUENTE

Puente Project Student Leadership Forum Program


2:45 PM: Panel – “Salute to the Impact of ‘Zoot Suit’ (Play): An Alumni Reunion”

Introduction / Moderator:

  • Kirk Whisler, Founding President of the Nat'l Association of Hispanic Publications and co-founder with Edward James Olmos of Latino Literacy Now

Panelists:

  • Sal Lopez, "Hobo - Downey Gang", veteran actor, founding member, The Latino Theater Company, member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science
  • Bel Hernandez, "Dora - Dancer", CEO & President/Publisher, Latin Heat
  • Danny Haro, Judge FW Charles and Lt. Edwards in Zoot Suit; Producer of Pancho Gonzales and The Mun2 Hookup series
  • Ignacio Gomez, "Poster Illustration", Zoot Suit image creator, created numerous Cesar Chavez statues, Chicano artist

    Blog Talk Radio Podcast - Bel Hernandez, Sal Lopez and Daniel Haro

Zoot Suit (play) is based on the Sleepy Lagoon murder trial of 1942 and the racial tensions of the Zoot Suit Riots of 1943 in Los Angeles, California during the WWII era, which is among the most significant cultural events in modern Chicano/Mexicano/Latino history. When Zoot Suit opened at The Mark Taper Forum in April 1978, at the Music Center in Los Angeles, everyone felt the power of this event. This production with Center Theatre Group marked the first professionally produced Chicano play.

The initial ten-day run in April sold out in two days. An audience of season ticket holders and local Chicano/Mexicano/Latinos gave standing ovations each evening of the performances. A second run began in August and tickets sold out yet again. This extended run was held at the Aquarius Theatre, Los Angeles and went on to run for years. Zoot Suit was also the first Chicano play on Broadway when production debuted at the Winter Garden Theater in March 1979, and set many records and ultimately was adapted into film in 1981.

Both the stage production and film were written and directed by Luis Valdez, considered as the "father of Chicano theater" in the United States, and featured the playwright's brother Daniel Valdez and Edward James Olmos. Many members of the cast of the stage production also appeared in the film. Like the play, the film featured music from Lalo Guerrero, considered the "father of Chicano music" detailing the Chicano culture during World War II.

The story shines a spotlight on a wave of racial injustice and disharmony that swept across Los Angeles in the early 1940s.  The plot is a fictionalized version of real life events - sparked by the so-called Sleepy Lagoon murder trial - and centers around Henry Reyna, better known as the zoot suiter El Pachuco. It presents an episode in history that many people may not be familiar with, but they should be, and its messages about the dangers of stereotyping and racial injustice are still fresh and relevant today.

We are all aware of the turmoil the Academy of Motion Pictures is going through to become more diverse. A good sign of the power of Zoot Suit was a few months ago when the Academy in adding their new members for 2016 added three cast members from Zoot Suit (Enrique Castillo, Sal Lopez, Pepe Serna) and the creator and director, Luis Valdez. Even though Latinos are underrepresented in the Academy, seven Latinos are in who got their career start, or a major career boost, with Zoot Suit, an amazing accomplishment.

Zoot Suit was created from several key ingredients: the sensationalized account of a 1942 murder in Los Angeles, a vibrant pachuco subculture largely unknown and misunderstood outside the mainstream, the racially motivated Zoot Suit Riots of 1943, and the overarching Mexican-American experience. Nearly 40 years after its first production at the prestigious Mark Taper Forum, the play continues to reverberate in the present. This special panel is an alumni event featuring a reunion of members of the original 1978 cast and crew, and they will share their experiences and offer insights on the far reaching cultural and educational impact of Zoot Suit.

Kirk Whisler

Kirk Whisler

Sal Lopez

Sal Lopez

Bel Hernandez

Bel Hernandez

Danny Haro

Danny Haro

Ignacio Gomez

Ignacio Gomez

*Presentation made possible through a working partnership with Latino 247 Media Group.  Formerly Latino Print Network, the Latino 247 Media Group works with 625+ Hispanic newspapers and magazines as well as over 300 websites across the USA with a combined circulation of 19 million. They have news services, media buying service, readership studies, and more, and have been serving the Latino community for nearly 40 years. (video)

Latino 247 Media Group -

3:30 PM: Break / “Otro Cafecito” & Live Performance

The UPLM music program is designed to create effective student leaders that will utilize their musical talent to impact the community through: Leadership, Teamwork, Work Ethics, and Philanthropy. Unidos Por La Musica believes in wielding the power of music to educate and create CHANGE! While learning proper vocal techniques, stage presence, and becoming performance ready, students will learn that together through music they can help the less fortunate. Students will participate in UPLM charitable community events as a platform to music careers of their choice. All proceeds from talent shows and concerts will benefit the UPLM community programs; hunger, education, scholarships, and music.

UNIDOS POR LA MUSICA

3:45 PM: LEAD Week Report - César E. Chávez Memorial Breakfast VI

3:50 PM: Featured Panel - "A United Force: Preserving California Legislation and Values under a Trump Administration”

Panel Chair:

  • Jorge Garrido, Vice President at Mercury

Panelists:

  • Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino)
  • Assembly Member Eloise Reyes (D-San Bernardino)
  • Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella)

Influential California legislators will lead a brief discussion on immigration, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the preservation of other policies important to Latino and immigrant communities under the Trump administration.

Immigration policies and DACA/DAPA fall hand-in-hand in this discussion, as DACA is a policy set in place under the Obama administration allowing select undocumented immigrants to receive renewable 2-year deferred action from deportation if they entered the country as minors. DAPA is similar in nature, allowing select undocumented immigrants who have children that are either American citizens or lawful permanent residents to gain deferred action status for a renewable 3-year period. The DAPA program was announced by President Obama in November 2014, along with a number of other immigration reforms. In our discussion, panelists will provide insight on what we can expect in regards to immigration reform over the next 4 years, and how they anticipate California legislature to react if/when the federal government makes decisions impacting these policies.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly referred to as “Obamacare”, will also be largely discussed. ACA has been considered one of the most significant regulatory changes to the U.S. healthcare system to date, largely transforming the way healthcare is managed in our country by altering hospitals and primary physicians’ practices in the hopes of lowering costs, increasing accessibility, and improving quality. Since the election last year, the president routinely stated he would gut ACA upon being sworn in, which currently provides millions of Americans with health insurance. During this discussion, panelists will breakdown the implications of President Trump’s statements, and address steps that are being taken or will likely be taken to provide Californians healthcare and health insurance.

Lastly, panelists will have an at-large conversation about similar state and national policies that are of significance to Latino and immigrant communities. The discussion will end with a closing Q&A.

Jorge Garrido

Jorge Garrido

Connie Leyva

Hon. Connie Leyva

Eloise Reyes

Hon. Eloise Reyes

Assembly Eduardo Garcia

Hon. Eduardo Garcia

4:25 PM: Capstone Address: Hon. Fabian Nuñez, Partner at Mercury & 66th Speaker of the California State Assembly - "Sin Fronteras - Educating Beyond Borders"

Speaker:

  • Hon. Fabian Nuñez, Partner at Mercury & 66th Speaker of the California State Assembly

Fabian Núñez is a partner of Mercury and the former California Assembly Speaker. He served three two-year terms as a member of the California State Assembly, his final two terms as Speaker, the 66th person to hold that position in California.

Recognized for his unique ability to lead and find bi-partisan solutions to complex public policy challenges, Núñez was named “Legislator of the Year” in 2007 by Governing Magazine, specifically for his bi-partisan efforts with former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on transportation and infrastructure legislation.

As Speaker, he oversaw an annual Assembly budget of approximately $150 million with 1100 employees in over 103 offices statewide. He was also the Assembly’s lead negotiator for four of California’s state budgets, which ranged as high as $103 billion.

Núñez currently serves on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Soccer Federation, and served on the University Of California Board Of Regents from 2004-2008. During the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election, Núñez was a national co-chairman for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Mercury is a bipartisan high-stakes public strategy firm, providing results for the world’s most successful companies, leading advocacy groups, governments, political parties, NGOs, and prominent public and political figures.

Hon. Fabian Nunez

Hon. Fabian Nuñez

 

Mercury

4:45 PM: Concluding Remarks & Acknowledgements / Despedida