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Miami Dade College to Host Important American Latino National Summit Sept. 24

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Miami, September 12, 2012 - Miami Dade College (MDC) will host the first American Latino National Summit on September 24 at the college’s Wolfson Campus in downtown Miami. It is presented by The New America Alliance (NAA), an American Latino Business Initiative.

“This is a critical moment for our country and the American Latino community's role in our nation,” said The Honorable Roel C. Campos, former U.S. Securities & Exchange Commissioner, Partner at Locke Lord LLP, and NAA Inc Chair of the Board. “The purpose of the NAA National Summit is twofold; first, we aim to change the tone and tenor of the national discourse concerning American Latinos, from a narrow focus to the broader, more accurate definition of who we are and what our contributions represent to the continued global leadership and prosperity of our nation; and, second, to articulate cohesive recommendations and positions on the major issues of our times as they relate to the American Latino community".

At this first American Latino National Summit, organizers will emphasize the economic case for American Latino advancement, including wealth building, education, immigration, civic participation and American Latino leadership across sectors. Invitations have been extended to the 2012 Presidential candidates.

The New America Alliance is convening the American Latino National Summit in collaboration with other leading Latino organizations, including the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, NALEO Educational Fund, National Council of La Raza and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Miami Dade College, which enrolls the largest number of Hispanic students in the nation, is the National Summit’s venue and our co-hosting institution. 

“Now is the time for our community to build upon the progress we have made and reverse the damage caused by negative rhetoric targeted toward American Latinos,” said Moctesuma Esparza, NAA Institute Chair of the Board and CEO of Maya Cinemas North America, Inc. “The first American Latino National Summit is especially timely given the need for a candid dialogue on the full integration of American Latinos to the national agenda and priorities.”

Ana Maria Fernandez-Haar, Vice Chair of the Board of the NAA Inc and the NAA Institute, and Managing Partner of Victoriana, LLC, noted “Economic, political and human capital imperatives may be best understood by the numbers. At more than 50 million, according to the Census Bureau, the U.S. Hispanic population is larger than the population of the smallest 26 states combined. It represents $1.1 trillion of the roughly $12 trillion total U.S. purchasing power. In fact, if it were a stand-alone economy, it would be the ninth-largest in the world yet it’s visibly woven into the larger national tapestry.”

Founded in 1999, the New America Alliance is comprised by 501(c)6 and 501(c)3 organizations dedicated to advancing the economic development of the American Latino community. The NAA is organized on the principle that American Latino business leaders have a responsibility to lead the process of building the forms of capital most crucial to Latino progress – economic capital, political capital, human capital and the practice of philanthropy. NAA aggregates members' success, experience, relationships and passion to give back while promoting the advancement of the Latino community as another source of prosperity for the entire nation. NAA members leverage their influence to promote Latino leadership in entrepreneurship, corporate America, and public service; increase Latino access and control of capital; and invest in human capital to improve educational achievement and develop future Latino leaders. Pilar Avila, NAA’s Chief Executive Officer, is available at pavila@naaonline.org

Miami Dade College is the nation’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of more than 174,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of Associate in Arts and Science degrees and awards more degrees to minorities than any other college or university in the country. The college’s seven campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees in education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film, engineering, biological sciences and others. In fact, its academic and workforce training programs are national models of excellence. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of the Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live Arts Performing Arts Series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, a sculpture park and a large art gallery and theater system. MDC has served nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu




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