Hispanic Community Action Summit In Las Cruces Thursday

Las Cruces – From The White House (registration information below):

Building on a series of gatherings held across the country, the White House will host a Hispanic Community Action Summit in Las Cruces on Thursday, October 27th.

The summit will connect more than a dozen senior Administration officials from several policy areas with Hispanic leaders, small business owners and local officials to discuss issues critical to the Hispanic community, including how the American Jobs Act can strengthen the economy and keep hundreds of thousands of firefighters on the job, police officers on the streets and teachers in the classroom in the southern New Mexico region and the nation.

The gathering in Las Cruces follows similar regional meetings in New York City, Las Vegas, Nevada and Orlando, Florida over the past couple of months and a national Hispanic conference held at the White House in July, providing an opportunity for participants to discuss important issues with White House and Cabinet agency officials. Discussions cover a wide-range of topics from jobs and the economy to education and health care, to fixing the broken immigration system so that it meets our nation's 21st century economic and security needs.

The conference in Las Cruces will begin with a plenary session followed by dynamic breakout sessions and an innovative open space dialogue where summit participants will work together to define the agenda and shape the format.

Members of the public must register in advance to participate in the summit at A recent report on the President's agenda and the Hispanic community is available at

WHAT: White House Hispanic Community Action Summit

WHERE: Las Cruces Convention Center Ballroom, 680 East University Avenue, Las Cruces, New Mexico

WHEN: Thursday, October 27

RSVP: Space is limited. Media representatives who wish to cover the summit must pre-credential by e-mailing their name, title, organization and contact information to Toby Chaudhuri by Wednesday, October 26 at 3 p.m. MT.

Administration officials expected to participate include:

Michael Camu ez, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Market Access and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce
Stephanie Valencia, Deputy Director, White House Office of Public Engagement
Juan Sep lveda, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
Teresa Ni o, Director, Office of Public Engagement, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Cindy Padilla, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jos Rico, Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
Yolanda Olivarez, Regional Administrator, Small Business Administration
Tammy Trevino, Administrator for Housing and Community Facilities Programs, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development Agency



9 a.m. MT White House Office of Public Engagement Deputy Director Stephanie Valencia delivers opening remarks, followed by an event overview by White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Executive Director Juan Sep lveda.

9:30 a.m. MT Opening plenary followed by a series of policy conversations
Jobs and Economic Recovery
Educational Excellence
The Affordable Care Act and Healthy Families
Fixing America's Broken Immigration System

10:30 a.m. MT Open Space Dialogue: Administration officials and summit participants create agenda and plan of action.

3 p.m. MT Assistant Secretary of Commerce Michael Camu ez delivers remarks on how the American Jobs Act would impact the regional economy.

5 p.m. MT Closing session

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