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As the Latino population continues to grow in numbers – 1 in every 4 people by 2035 is expected to be Latino – their influence on the overall country is expected to mirror that growth. Despite their large numbers, many Latinos still face inequities in several key health indicators that prevent them from obtaining quality healthcare and financial stability.
In an effort to promote awareness for important Latino issues The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Policy Studies Center will host the inaugural Latino Policy Symposium from May 4-5. The event will bring together Latino leaders, community advocates, and researchers from across the heavily Latino-populated state of Texas (38.42% Latino population). Texas is currently the state with the second-largest Latino population in the country.
The goal of the symposium is to help inform local and state decision makers on strategies to help increase Latino inclusion in policies in educational attainment, employment rates, homeownership, health and wellness, child development opportunities, and voter engagement.
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“The Latino Policy Symposium is about establishing routes to public policies that contribute to the economic mobility and wellness opportunities which strengthen Latino families,” said Roger Enriquez, associate professor and director of the UTSA Policy Studies Center. “The Latino population in Texas and the United States is growing. As a society, it is in our best interest to prepare for that demographic shift by helping Latinos succeed at work, at school and at home.”
The Symposium will also deal with issues such as “poor public policy” and its impact on education, taxation, voting rights, and immigration and how these have hampered Latino families.
Learn more about the first-ever Latino Policy Symposium here.
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