White House Initiative Latino Economic Summit in Chicago

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On Thursday, June 23rd at 9:30 a.m. CDT, the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics and the Aspen Institute will host a White House Initiative Latino Economic Summit in Chicago, with the participation of the White House and federal agencies including: the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Transportation, and U.S. Small Business Administration.

White House Initiative Latino Economic Summit

Thursday, June 23

9:30 a.m. CDT

Malcolm X College

1900 W Jackson Blvd

Chicago, IL 60612 

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U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and federal agency leaders will lead the community event to be held at Malcom X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. This summit is the third in a series of in-person events across the country designed to highlight the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to advancing equity and economic empowerment and to connect local Latino community members directly with federal leaders and resources.


Agenda

(All times are in CDT)

9:30 a.m. Opening Session – Auditorium 

  • Melody Gonzales, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics
  • David Sanders, President, Malcolm X College, City Colleges of Chicago
  • Danny Davis, U.S. Congressman, Illinois 7th Congressional District
  • Jesús “Chuy” García, U.S. Congressman, Illinois 4th Congressional District

9:50 a.m. Charla with U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona – Auditorium 

  • Introductory Remarks: Javier Reyes, Interim Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago
  • Miguel Cardona, U.S. Secretary of Education

10:25 a.m. Opening Remarks – Auditorium 

  • Lori E. Lightfoot, Mayor, City of Chicago

10:55 a.m. Breakout Sessions

Advancing the American Dream: SBA Resources for Small Business Owners and Aspiring Entrepreneurs (presented by U.S. Small Business Administration) – Room 1108/Hall A

  • Geraldine (Geri) Aglipay, Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Robert Esquivel, Supervisory Lender Relations Specialist, Illinois District, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Robert Steiner, District Director, Illinois District, U.S. Small Business Administration

Advancing Opportunity through Education & Health Equity (presented U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services) – Room 1107/Hall B

  • Emmanuel Caudillo, Management and Program Analyst, White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics
  • Marvin Figueroa, Director, Intergovernmental and External Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Janine Boyd, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

DOT in Action: Executing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (presented by U.S. Department of Transportation) – Room 1106/Hall C

  • Shelby Scales, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Director, U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Susan Mowery-Schalk, Director, Airports Division, Great Lakes Region, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation

Inclusion Powers Innovation: Advancing an Equitable & Inclusive STEM Workforce Through Research Collaborations & Partnerships (presented by National Science Foundation) – Room 1103 

  • Sonja Montas-Hunter, Program Director, National Science Foundation
  • Tatiana Camacho, Program Director, National Science Foundation

12:10 p.m. Closing Panel – Auditorium 

  • Moderator: Martin Cabrera, CEO/Founder, Cabrera Capital Markets
  • Xochitl Torres Small, Under Secretary for Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Mark Madrid, Associate Administrator, Office of Entrepreneurial Development, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Greg Johnson, Managing Director, U.S. Equity and Economic Opportunity Initiative, Rockefeller Foundation
  • Andrea Sáenz, Chief Operating Officer, The Chicago Community Trust

12:55 p.m. Closing Remarks – Auditorium 

  • JB Pritzker, Governor of Illinois

The agenda is subject to change.


President Joe Biden and Administration leaders know that America’s future prosperity and global leadership is tied to the success of Latino families and communities. Through the American Rescue Plan, Bipartisan Infrastructure law, executive orders and administrative actions, the Biden-Harris Administration is making historic investments in the Latino community from federal contracting to workforce development. 

Read the press release announcing the White House Initiative Latino Economic Summits

Join us to learn more about how you can better leverage federal partnerships and mobilize the Latino community towards historic federal resources designed to advance equity and help our nation build back better. By coming together across race, place and sectors we can collectively build a brighter future in which all businesses, families, workers and students can thrive – including the more than 60 million Latinos in the U.S. 


COVID Protocols:

Masks will be required for all attendees

This summit requests that attendees volunteer to share their COVID-19 vaccination status. For those that choose not to share that information, the Aspen Institute will provide oversight of COVID-19 rapid tests and show a negative result to enter. Attendees may also arrive to the event early to take a COVID-19 test prior to the event. Those showing a positive test or unwillingness to comply with our health and safety protocols will be provided instructions on how to virtually access the event. Please contact us in advance if you require a reasonable accommodation related to these requirements.

To expedite your entry into the event, we also ask that you:

• Bring your vaccination card and government issued photo ID to show upon arrival. A
photo of your vaccination card that matches your ID is acceptable.
• If you don’t wish/or don’t have proof of your vaccination, a rapid COVID-19 test site will be available on-site, at no additional charge.


Previous White House Initiative Latino Economic Summits:

March 22, 2022 – White House Initiative Latino Economic Summit at San Antonio – The University of Texas at San Antonio

March 26, 2022 – White House Initiative Latino Economic Summit at Denver – Community College of Denver