Latino Leaders Meet with Advisors

Indianapolis ­ Latino and Hispanic leaders from around the state including representatives from East Chicago, South Bend, Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis and Evansville met with advisors to the governor and the City of Indianapolis to create the Indiana Statewide Latino/Hispanic Association (ISLHA).

The ISLHA was formed in the offices of BoseTreacy Associates LLC, the largest public affairs consulting firm in Indiana and an affiliate of the law firm of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. BoseTreacy has been retained to manage the association and represent it at the state and local governmental levels.

The ISLHA will represent more than 220,000 Hoosiers with Latino/Hispanic roots providing Latinos/Hispanics in Indiana representation with local governments and at the Statehouse. The new association is actively seeking volunteers and those willing to undertake leadership roles. Membership for the association will be open in the next 4 to 6 weeks.

“I am very supportive of the creation of ISLHA and look forward to its professional and positive voice representing Latinos across the entire state,” said Juana Watson, Senior Advisor for Latino Affairs for Governor Mitch Daniels, when asked about her thoughts on the creation of the association.

According to Gloria Balerini, Executive Director of the Clemente Center in East Chicago, the new organization provides a much-needed, unified message for Latinos living in Indiana. “We will have someone representing us with a unified message, speaking on our behalf at the Statehouse and around Indiana.”

The Indiana Statewide Latino/Hispanic Association (ISLHA) is a non-profit, non-partisan alliance of Latino leaders, organizations, community activists, students, and individuals serving as a statewide catalyst and leading advocate for positive social change and political advancement. The Web site, www.islhaonline.org, is currently under construction.

Source: The Indiana Statewide Latino/Hispanic Association