LULAC Brings National Convention to El Paso

September 2, 2010

Contact: Lizette Jenness Olmos, (202) 833-6130 ext. 16

Sun City is the Setting for 84th Annual National Convention & Exposition

El Paso, Texas – The League of United Latin American Citizens has selected El Paso, Texas to host the 84th LULAC National Convention from July 8-13, 2013. The week-long event is expected to draw 25,000 participants who will attend informative workshops and seminars, hear from leading Latino leaders, enjoy top-notch entertainment, and learn about new opportunities through the LULAC Expo which features career, college and health fairs and more than 400 companies, government agencies and non-profits highlighting their programs and services.

LULAC officials selected El Paso as the convention site due to its large Hispanic population and to underscore its support of a safe and thriving border city. “El Paso together with its Ciudad Juarez are home to over 1.8 million Latinos,” stated Margaret Moran, the newly elected President of LULAC. “We hope our 2013 convention will highlight the challenges and the successes that the city of El Paso has experienced as a border city with a large immigrant population.”

Speakers will address pressing Latino issues including education, employment, immigration, health, housing, women’s issues, civil rights and political empowerment. A separate series of workshops will be targeted to high school and college students.

The convention kicks off with the opening of the LULAC Federal Training Institute. This five-day event is an intensive training program for government and public sector employees with a focus on enhancing career development, strengthening employee relations and promoting diversity in the workforce. This forum and workshops serve as an opportunity to discuss the status of the federal government’s Hispanic Employment Initiative and the under-representation of Hispanics in federal employment.

The three-day LULAC Expo will feature over 400 corporations, government agencies, employers, colleges, and non-profit organizations. Opening on Wednesday, July 10, the LULAC Expo features a corporate plaza, a job fair, a government plaza, an armed forces plaza, a health fair, and a college fair. Admission is free and open to the public.

The League of United Latin American Citizens, the largest and oldest Hispanic membership organization in the country, advances the economic conditions, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating through 850 LULAC councils nationwide.

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