Lugar Meets Hoosier Senate Hispanic Leadership Summit Attendees  

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar met earlier this week with Hispanic leaders from Indiana in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Room of the U.S. Capitol Building.  The group of Hoosiers were among a total of 38 nominated by Lugar to participate in the Senate Hispanic Leadership Summit on March 20-21 in Washington, DC. 

The meeting with Lugar provided an opportunity to discuss the Hispanic community in Indiana, immigration, Matricula cards, and the DREAM Act.  

Throughout the Summit, delegates participated in policy-based discussions with Members of Congress, the Bush Administration and policy experts on issues such as on education, economic growth, entrepreneurs, job creation, immigration reform, financial security, and healthcare.  Approximately 400 attendees from across the country participated.  Each delegate served at their own cost. 

Beginning in 2000, Lugar worked with the government of Mexico to establish a diplomatic office in Indianapolis to serve its growing Mexican community, and in 2002 Consul Sergio Aguilera was assigned to Indianapolis.  Additionally, Lugar was the first public official to publicly support the State of Indiana accepting Mexican Matricula Cards as valid identification. 

Lugar is also an original co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, which would allow young, undocumented individuals to work towards permanent status in the United States by obtaining an education and completing national or public service.

Lugar has designated Celina A. Weatherwax of his Valparaiso office to coordinate Hispanic outreach for the State of Indiana.  For more information on Hispanic services in English or Spanish, please contact 219-548-7506.  Para mas información en Español favor de llamar a Celina A. Weatherwax, Coordinadora de asuntos Hispanos, Oficina del Senator Richard G. Lugar.

Members of the Hoosier delegation who visited with Lugar included:


• Miriam Acevedo Davis, LaPlaza, Inc., Indianapolis;

• Anacelia Agosto-Severa, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond;

• Hector Arocha, Citizens Gas and Coke Utility, Indianapolis;

• Gloria Balerini, ALSE Clemente, East Chicago;

• Debra R. Bolanos, Galaxy Travel Inc, East Chicago;

• Salvador Bolanos, Galaxy Travel Inc, East Chicago;

• Corey Bordenkecher, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, Indianapolis;

• Veronica Colin, Guerro Creations, Indianapolis;

• Charlie Garcia, Garcia Construction Group, LLC, Indianapolis;

• Ralph A. Garcia, Ace Interpretations, LLC, Bluffton;

• Sandra Gettepinger, Nadera Ministries, Corydon;

• Max Montesino, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne;

• John Nieto-Phillips, Indiana University, Bloomington;

• Steven A. Ramos, IBM / NSHMBA, McCordsville;

• Carolin Requiz, Indiana State Department of Health, Indianapolis;

• Martha E.Rivas-Ramos, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Munster;

• Norma Rocklage, OSF, Marian College, Indianapolis;

• Lanni Ruiz-Connelly, GFW Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Fort Wayne;

• Dulce Maria Scott, Anderson University, Anderson;

• Adolfo Solis, CASA de Portland, Portland;

• Anna Urias Hail, Wishard Health Services, Indianapolis;

• J. Guadalupe Valtierra, Ivy Tech Community College, Gary;

• Esther Vargas-Davis, Translations for Success, Indiana University, Bloomington;

• Gilbert Velez, Northwest Indiana Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hammond;

• Alfonso R.Vidal, HOLA (Hospitality and Outreach for Latin Americans), Newburgh;

• Monica Villa, USA Hispanos Newspaper, East Chicago

• Soledad Woodburn, Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis;

• Arcea Zapata de Aston, L.A.C.I.A., H.O.L.A, and New Horizons, Evansville. 

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar with Hoosier Hispanic Leadership Summit attendees in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing room. Editor’s Note: Due to the large number of people, we are unable to identify participants from left to right.