Hispanic Forum: Accessing and Building Community Together
November 1, 2008
Robert E. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies Auditorium
Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Listen to audio from the forum by clicking the speaker's name below.

Opening Remarks
Dr. Suzanne Shipley, President of Shepherd University (www.shepherd.edu)

Session 1: Hispanics in the US: Context, Images, and Contributions

Dr. Dolores Fernandez - President of Hostos Community College, NYC (www.hostos.cuny.edu)

Charles Kamasaki - Executive VP, National Council of La Raza (www.nclr.org)

Ida L. Castro, Vice President for Social Justice and Diversity/The Commonwealth Medicine College, Scranton,PA

Suggested reference: http://coa.counciloftheamericas.org/article.php?id=1145

Session 2: Immigration Issues: Status, Implications and Strategies

Sonia Ramirez - Legislative Representative, AFL-CIO, Washington DC (www.aflcio.org)

Rowena Pineda - Coordinator, Welcoming Idaho Initiative (www.welcomingidaho.org/www.idahocan.org)

Kim Dine, Chief of Police, City of Frederick, Maryland

Session 3: Access to Improved Job Opportunities and Social Services: Key Challenges, Lessons and Strategies (focus on jobs, health and education)

Dolores Arce-Kaptain, Community Outreach Coordinator, Winchester/Va. Police Department

Saul Solorzano - Executive Director, CARECENDC, DC (www.carecendc.org)

RosaLia Fajardo, Outreach Director, PEATC/PIRC (www.peatc.org)

Session 4: Working Together for Building Community: Lessons and Strategies/Panel

Jorge Ribas - CEO, Mid-Atlantic Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (www.mahcc.com)

Sam Bennett
- Chairperson, Frederick County Human Relations Commission (HRC), Frederick County, Maryland

Irene Packer-Halsey - Hispanic Activist/Leader (Frederick Area and National Level)

Katy Pitcock- Facilitator of Latino Connection & Language Access Coord./Winchester/Va Medical Center

Jose Oquendo, from Colombia, Graduate Student at WVU and VP for Student Org. (LASO)