2021 UnidosUS Changemakers Summit

2021 SESSIONS AND RESOURCES

DAY ONE

MONDAY, MARCH 22
Presenting Sponsor Google

SESSION ONE
Halfway There: The Latino Agenda for Biden’s First 100 Days
A conversation between UnidosUS CEO and President Janet Murguía, and Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) on President Biden’s first 100 days. The discussion will examine how the president's policies and proposals measure against UnidosUS’s “The First 100 Days: Latino Inclusion in the Biden Administration’s First Steps” agenda and what additional steps need to be taken to fully protect the Latino community.
Janet Murguía

Janet Murguía

President and CEO, UnidosUS

Joaquin Castro

Joaquin Castro

Congressman (D-TX 20th District)

SESSION TWO
Building Equity, Recovery, and Unity Through Policy Change
Addressing education, economic, health, and immigration inequities and building stronger communities is at the heart of UnidosUS’s work. While some politicians seek to divide our country, the vast majority of Americans agree on many solutions that can advance racial justice and healing. Working together we can advance policy change in those four critical areas and contribute to a more just nation.
David Bianchi

David Bianchi

Actor/Poet

Clarissa Martínez de Castro

Clarissa Martínez de Castro

Deputy Vice President, Policy and Advocacy, UnidosUS

SESSION THREE
Policy Issue Briefings – Concurrent Policy Breakout Sessions
UnidosUS policy experts will engage attendees in a discussion about key and timely opportunities to advance policy change for our community in the education, economic equity, immigration, and health arenas.
Economy
All too often, Latinos across the United States face economic insecurity and identify it as their key concern. Changes are urgently needed to address that insecurity for Latinos of all ages— especially the six million in our country between 18 and 24 who are just beginning their wealth-building journey.

This session will explore policies and ways to improve economic conditions for a new generation of earners by creating three key shifts: A fair tax system, affordable housing, and expanded benefits for low-wage workers. 
Agatha So

Agatha So

Senior Policy Analyst, UnidosUS

Education
Latinx students are an ever-growing group in our country’s schools—and we believe every student should graduate high school ready to succeed in college or start a career. That goal can only be reached by closing opportunity gaps and educational disparities by race and ethnicity.

This session will introduce the new Higher Education Policy Agenda and our education priorities on English Language Acquisition (Title III), Head Start, the Counseling Not Criminalization Act, and Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP).

Amalia Chamorro

Director of Education Policy Project, UnidosUS

Kendall Evans

Kendall Evans

Policy Advisor, Education Policy Project, UnidosUS

Roxanne Garza

Roxanne Garza

Policy Analyst, Education Policy Project, UnidosUS

Amanda Martinez

Amanda Martinez

Policy Analyst, Education Policy Project, UnidosUS

Tania Valencia

Tania Valencia

Policy Analyst, Education Policy Project, UnidosUS

Health
All children and families deserve their best chance to live healthy lives, which takes having access to tools and resources that are effective and conditions that are equitable. That’s why we are focusing on building those tools in the areas of health programs and health coverage.

This session will cover UnidosUS’s efforts and requests of Congress, including protecting health coverage gains, fighting proposals that discourage participation in health and nutrition programs, and promoting policies that advance health equity.
Matthew Snider

Matthew Snider

Senior Health Policy Analyst, UnidosUS

Immigration
A new president is in office and new policies are being put in place, but our community and nation still suffers from the Trump administration’s cruel tactics and campaigns. Our work has to be more focused than ever, for the Latino youth that are critical to the country’s path forward—the future workers, voters, parents, and taxpayers.

This session will dive deep into our concerted efforts to protect DACA and TPS holders from deportation, hold immigration enforcement agencies accountable, and restore the integrity of our asylum system.
Carlos Guevara

Carlos Guevara

Associate Director, Immigration Policy, UnidosUS

DAY TWO

TUESDAY, MARCH 23
Presenting Sponsor Google

SESSION FOUR
Leading with Love and Commitment
As youth or young adults, we have the opportunity to engage and lead with love and compassion to create social change. This session will provide participants with an overview of the role of youth leadership in advocacy movements in the past and the present and offer tools and strategies to help them become leaders in their own communities.

Ariana Romero, Youth Coordinator & Organizer,TODEC
Ricardo Martinez, Youth Organizer, TODEC
Mariella Gallegos, Youth Coordinator & Organizer, TODEC
Ana R. Salazar

Ana R. Salazar

Affiliate Engagement Manager and Regional Liaison
UnidosUS

TODEC

TODEC

UnidosUS Affiliate

SESSION FIVE
Legislative Visit Training & State Breakout Sessions
Participants gather in breakout sessions by state to discuss & strategize for their legislative meetings. 
Bayly Hassell

Bayly Hassell

Legislative Analyst, UnidosUS

Laura Alfonso

Laura Alfonso

Membership Specialist, Affiliate Engagement, UnidosUS

2021 UnidosUS Capital Awards
Celebrating the bipartisan leaders who have championed policies and legislation to empower and strengthen the Latino community and changemakers outside of politics who courageously and tirelessly advocate on behalf of Latinos.
Cindy McCain

CAPITAL AWARD HONOREE

Cindy McCain

Chairman of the Board
McCain Institute for International Leadership

Robert Menendez

CAPITAL AWARD HONOREE

Robert Menendez

Senator (D-NJ)

Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA)

CAPITAL AWARD FOR
PUBLIC SERVICE HONOREE

Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA)

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