Preschool and Hispanic children are discussed by early-education specialist Martha Urioste, James Mejia (Denver Preschool Program), Susan Gallo (Denver Mayor's Office for Education and Children) and Antonio Vigil (Ricardo Flores Magón Academy).
Economic development in urban neighborhoods and business districts is discussed. Panelists include Veronica Barela (NEWSED Community Development Corp.), Bo Martinez (Denver Office of Economic Development), Mark Martinez (Solera National Bank) and Jerry Jaramillo (J-A Group).
Heart disease in the Hispanic community is discussed with Catherine Benavidez Clayton (Colorado chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses); Dr. Ernesto Salcedo, a University of Colorado (Denver) professor of medicine; and Mauricio Palacio (Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment).
Businesses owned by women and minorities are discussed with University of Colorado (Denver) professor Anna Sampaio, National Hispanic Business Information Clearinghouse founder Sal Gomez and Fred Niehaus (Western Union).
The Latino workforce, including important demographic changes and employment trends, is discussed with Colorado Department of Labor and Employment executive director Don Mares; White Construction Group vice president Travis Martinez; and Jose Trujillo, the director sales and staffing for Hospitality Personnel Services.
Immigration issues, including 2006 raids on meat-packing plants, are discussed with Silvia Martinez (Latinos Unidos of Northern Colorado); Colorado Hispanic Bar Association vice president Adrienne Benavidez; and Latino Research and Policy Center executive director Estevan Flores.
The need for more Latinos in such white-collar professions as business administration, engineering and the law is discussed with Jose Ramirez, the president of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association; Yuliana Porras of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers; and Daniel Martinez, the president of the Denver chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs.
Hispanic college-graduation rates, college preparation, financial issues and resources are discussed with Latin American Educational Foundation executive director Jim Chavez, college-preparation adviser Marta Mata and Arturo Aldama, an ethnic- studies professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
A discussion of Hispanic teens, including the issues they face and their impact on the U.S. economy and culture, featuring Heinrich Hispanidad Marketing director Laura Sonderup, Hispanic Initiative of Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain director Laura De Los Angeles Palmer and Denver's Abraham Lincoln High School principal Antonio Esquibel.
A discussion of the issues that contribute to the achievement gap between Hispanic high-school students and their peers, featuring Denver's West High School principal Patrick Sanchez; Lorenzo Trujillo (University of Colorado Law School); and retired principal Martha Urioste.
The achievement gap between Hispanic students and their peers and how to bridge it are discussed with retired principal Martha Urioste; Maria Guajardo, executive director of the Mayor's Office of Education and Children in Denver; and Lorenzo Trujillo (University of Colorado Law School).
The political clout of Hispanic voters is discussed with Ramona Martinez, the national chair of the DNC Hispanic Caucus, Arturo Vargas, the executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, and University of Colorado at Denver political science professor Anna Sampaio.
The relations between the U.S. and Mexico, including U.S. investment in Mexico, are discussed with HispanicVista.com editor and columnist Patrick Osio; Luis Torres, the assistant dean at Metropolitan State College of Denver; and Chamber of the Americas president and CEO Gil Cisneros.