EUGENE, Ore. — In a leadership forum the first of its kind, Latino leaders, politicians and community members will gather at Lane Community College for the Lane Latino Leadership Forum.
Six panelists, joined by community members, will talk about the role the Latino/Latina community plays in developing the next generation of political leaders. They’ll also discuss the role of Latino businesses.
Organizers say the forum came about because Latino/Latina political issues are in the forefront. This is a chance for both voters and representatives to focus on Latino legislation and developing leaders.
Dr. Charles Martinez with the University of Oregon, James Garcia with LCC, former city councilor Andrea Ortiz and former city council candidate Juan Carlos Valle are among those on the panel.
“(We’re) excited about the results that we’re going to have more than anything and the sense of inclusivity that we’re going to have, a sense of community that’s gonna be strengthened,” said UO student and activist Philip Carrasco.
Recently the UO made some major cuts to its former Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, axing three trusted minority leaders’ positions and leaving students blindsided.
The forum is fair game for any pertinent topic. Organizers say it’s likely this will come up, but they say the focus is harnessing growth in the political realm locally, theorizing where the Latino demographic is headed in Lane County.
The forum is Thursday, Jan. 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at LCC in forum building 17. Everyone is invited.