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2015 AGENDA

Wednesday, February 11th

LULAC's Presidential Address

9:00am–9:10am
University of DC Room

LULAC’s 2015 Policy Agenda
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The 113th Congress ended its second session in 2014 without the passage of comprehensive immigration reform, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Higher Education Act, the Voting Rights Act, and many other critical pieces of legislation. With little over 100 days in the Congressional calendar for the first session of the 114th Congress, LULAC will continue to identify impact points to advance critical immigration, education, health, and civil rights policy of importance to the Latino community. Join LULAC National President Margaret Moran as she speaks on how to move LULAC’s agenda forward and what’s in store for 2015.

Speaker: LULAC National President Margaret Moran

Health Policy Briefing

9:15am–10:30am
University of DC Room
Sponsored by

Beyond the Affordable Care Act: Addressing the Gaps That Remain to Health Access and Education
Almost a year after the first Open Enrollment Period several reports note that the overall uninsured rate for Latinos has dropped from 36% to 23%. Among Latinos aged 19-34 the figures were even more striking: the rate of uninsured dropped by 20 points from 43% to 23%. As a nationally recognized Champion for Coverage by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), LULAC has played a critical role in addressing the health care needs of the Latino community. With the support of private and public sector partners, LULAC hosted health festivals in key states to bring health screenings to thousands of people and provide the community with information on the open enrollment process and health marketplaces. Even with these improvements, Latinos as a minority group remain profoundly affected by not just lack of access to health care, but higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. This is especially true in states that have refused to expand Medicaid such as Texas and Florida -- home to approximately 20 million Latinos. This session outlines the work being done to enroll Latinos for health insurance, expand access to high quality and affordable nutritious meals, discuss the ongoing obstacles facing Latinos looking for health care coverage, and share insights on the health and nutrition issues of most concern to the Latino community.

Moderator: Dr. Yolanda Rodriguez-Escobar, Assistant Professor, Our Lady of the Lake-Worden School of Social Service - @OLLUWordenSocia
Panelists: Anne Filipic, President, Enroll America -@EnrollAmerica
Vanessa Gonzalez-Plumhoff, Director of Latino Leadership and Engagement, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund - @Latinos4PP
Erin Hamlin, Health Campaign Director, Young Invincibles - @erinhemlin @younginvincible
Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health, Department of Health and Human Services- @MinorityHealth (invited)




Education Policy Briefing

10:45am–12:00pm
University of DC Room

Federal Education Reform: Accountability, Equity, and Access in the Era of the Common Core State Standards
As over 40 states overhaul education standards and assessments, the federal government has stalled in passing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Higher Education Act (HEA). From improving data collection to encouraging robust performance and graduation targets, as well as supporting STEM opportunities and financial awards for current students and DREAMERs, federal action is a necessary component as states move to create a career-ready workforce. This session will feature policy leaders and government officials discussing issues that impact Latinos in K-12 schools as well as colleges and universities.

Special Guest: The Honorable Jared Polis, Member of Congress, United States House of Representatives - @jaredpolis (tentatively confirmed)
Moderator: Darryl Morin, LULAC National Vice-President for the Midwest - @LULACMidwestVP
Panelists: Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics - @HispanicEd
Elisa Villanueva Beard, Co-CEO, Teach for America - @VillanuevaBeard
Susie Saavedra, Senior Legislative Director, National Urban League Washington Bureau - @NULPolicy
Broderick Johnson, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary/Chair, My Brother’s Keeper Taskforce - @WhiteHouse
Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President, National Education Association - @Lily_NEA



Innovation and Leadership Luncheon

12:15pm–1:45pm
Independence Ballroom

Supporting a 21st Century Latino Community Through Innovative Policy, Technology, and Education
Whether it is through technological empowerment, the adoption of smart and effective policy reform, or the implementation of creative education programs, leading figures in government and corporations are taking innovative approaches to improving the lives of Latinos. Join us to discuss how the public and private sectors are stepping up to respond to a rapidly changing America.

Congressional Guest Speakers: The Honorable Linda Sanchez, Chair, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, United States House of Representatives, (D-CA)- @RepLindaSanchez
The Honorable Pete Aguilar, Member, United States House of Representatives, (D-CA)- @aguilarpete




The Honorable Linda Sanchez
U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Pete Aguilar
U.S. House of Representatives

Immigration Policy Briefing

2:00pm–3:15pm
University of DC Room

The Urgency of Now: Maximizing the Impact of Administrative Action & Building Momentum for Permanent Reform
In 2014, Congress failed to pass bipartisan and comprehensive immigration reform. This left President Obama to take action and deliver on his promise to provide deportation relief to Latino families caught in legal limbo. With the start of the 114th Congress and the roll-out of a new deportation-delay program led by the Administration, immigration reform advocates are left with a daunting task: to maximize the impact of Administrative Action now and continue pressing Congress to enact permanent statutory reform that addresses our broken immigration system. This session features a distinguished panel of government officials and immigration reform supporters from various organizations, who will discuss the prospects for immigration reform in a new Congress and the steps that must be taken to ensure that aspiring citizens take full-advantage of administrative relief.

Special Guests: The Honorable Sarah Saldaña, Director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement - @ wwwicegov (invited)
Moderator: Lydia Guzman, Chair, LULAC National Immigration Committee- @LydiaGuzman
Panelists: Caroline Dessert, Executive Director, Immigration Equality - @IEquality
Alex Nowrasteh, Immigration Policy Analyst, CATO Institute - @AlexNowrasteh
Julieta Garibay, Deputy Advocacy Director, United We Dream - @UnitedWeDream
Marshall Fitz, Vice President of Immigration Policy, Center for American Progress – @amprog



LULAC Awards Gala

6:00pm–9:00pm
Independence Ballroom
**Ticketed Event**

Celebrating Legislative Service to the Hispanic Community LULAC’s 86th Anniversary

Honorees:




The Honorable Luis Alejo
LULAC National Legislative Award
Assemblymember, California State Assembly

Dr. Juliet V. Garcia
LULAC National Leadership Award
Executive Director, The University of Texas Americas Institute

Thursday, February 12th

Advocacy Day Overview

7:00am–9:00am

LULAC Capitol Hill Issues Recap
University of DC Room, Marriott Marquis

9:30am–10:00am

LULAC Hill Press Conference
122 Cannon House Office Building

10:30am–12:00pm

LULAC-In-Action (Congressional Visits)
Capitol Hill Offices

1:00pm–2:30pm
Sponsored by AT&T

Capitol Hill Advocacy Day Luncheon
The Montpelier Room in the Library of Congress
James Madison Memorial Building – 6th floor
101 Independence Ave., SE


The Honorable Steny Hoyer, Member, U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Tony Cardenas, Member, U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Carlos Curbelo, Member, U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Chris Van Hollen, Member, U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Member, U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Joaquin Castro, Member, U.S. House of Representatives

2:00pm–4:00pm

LULAC-In-Action (Congressional Visits)
Capitol Hill Offices

5:30pm-7:30pm
Sponsored by Microsoft

Congressional Reception
Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center
901 K Street, NW, Suite 1100 Washington, DC



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