Exploring the Growing Role of Hispanics in America

Contact: Doug Gavel
Phone: 617-495-1115
Date: April 15, 2005

Cambridge, MA — The growing influence of Hispanics in America will be explored at a conference April 20 at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. “Latino Leadership at a Crossroads” is co-sponsored by the Kennedy’s School Center for Public Leadership (CPL).
Separate panel discussions on “Latino Leadership and Politics,” “Latino Leadership and Education,” and “Latino Leadership and Religion” will engage participants in wide-ranging policy analysis and dialogue.
CPL Director David Gergen said, “It is our hope that this initiative will not only help us better understand the challenges faced by rising Hispanic leaders — but also help them advance.”
Conference Panelists include:
* Ruben Barrales, deputy assistant to President George Bush & Director for Intergovernmental Affairs
* Virgilio Elizondo, distinguished visiting professor of theology, University of Notre Dame
* David Gergen, professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership, Kennedy School of Government
* Barbara Kellerman, research director, Center for Public Leadership & Lecturer in Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government
* Gary Orfield, professor of education and social policy, Harvard Graduate School of Education. Director of Harvard Civil Rights Project.
The conference will be held from 12:30-7 p.m. in the Taubman Building, 5th floor at 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge. Reporters interested in covering the conference should contact the Kennedy School Communications Office at (617) 495-1115.


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