With the theme, Empowerment Through Action, the fourth annual Summit is organized by the Delaware Hispanic Commission, and is scheduled for October 30 at the “Chase Center on the Riverfront” located at 815 Justison Street, Wilmington, Delaware .
This year the Summit will bring together elected officials, state agencies, community leaders and business executives to discuss how to improve the lives of Latinos in Delaware.
The special guest is Reverend Luis Cortes Jr., founder, president and executive officer of Esperanza, the recognized evangelical network in the United States. Courts, guided by the biblical mandate to serve and advocate “that as soon as you did one of these, my younger brothers, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40), founded Esperanza in 1986 with the support of the Hispanic Clergy of Philadelphia.
The different panels will include conversations about entrepreneurship, the importance of voting against situations that affect Latinos, and an equitable education.
The Summit, scheduled from 8 a.m. at 2:30 p.m. at the “Chase Center on the Riverfront”, will offer sessions elaborating on situations of conversation panels such as the empowerment of Latina women and youth leadership.
This annual event will also highlight the richness of the Latino culture, with the presentation of works by local artists. Different local musicians will perform including the singing of the national anthem by Cecilia Grace, while Jimmy Jorge and the Latin Express will perform melodies of salsa, merengue,cumbia and boleros.
Small Latin companies will have the opportunity to promote their products and services in the market place of the Summit. The sponsors and exhibitors will present their products and services.
The Summit strives to follow the Commission’s Public Policy Hispanic Agenda, which is a project to promote the Latino community in economic development, civil rights, health and social services, government responsibility, immigration reform, and education. . The Hispanic Commission of Delaware follows up other important situations in this community. The main issue during the 2014 Summit was legalization when applying for a driver’s license in Delaware. This Commission took this cause and got the Legislative Assembly to approve in 2015 the Privilege Card for Driving.
Other achievements of the Delaware Hispanic Commission have been:
Collaboration with the Department of Education in the development of the State Strategic Plan for English Learners and participation in the Governor’s Advisory Council for English Learners;
Development of $ tand By Me Negocios in association with $ tand By Me for the help of entrepreneurs to improve their businesses;
Lead cultural linguistic study to identify differences in health care for people who do not speak English.
Hold conversations throughout the state to support the immigrant community in “Know Your Rights,” anti-harassment and data protection related to the Driving Privilege Card. For additional information visit delawarehispanic.org. About the Hispanic Commission of Delaware The Hispanic Commission of Delaware (DHC), whose members are assigned by the governor, was formed to identify and defend the necessary resources for Hispanics in Delaware, the fastest growing population in the First State.
DHC is committed to enriching the lives of the Hispanic community through: improvements in the delivery of public services; raising awareness about issues in state offices; suggesting solutions to state leaders and their respective agencies; and keeping the Hispanic community informed about the assistance available in Delaware for all its residents.