Third Statewide Summit on Hispanic/Latino Issues Held on June 17th

Indianapolis - The Indiana Association for Community Economic Development and the Purdue Cooperative Extension again partnered to present the 3rd Annual Statewide Summit on Hispanic/Latino Issues. This event took place on June 17th, 2003 at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Indianapolis.

The 2003 Hispanic/Latino Statewide Summit continued a dialogue started over two years ago through this event to bring Hispanic/Latino and non-Hispanic/Latino leaders together to exchange information and facilitate understanding. While past summits have included a wide variety of topics ranging from housing to education to health, two themes that kept recurring across all issues were leadership development and cultural understanding.

The 3rd Annual Statewide Hispanic/Latino Summit: Building Leadership and Cultural Understanding was devoted to exploring these themes in a more focused way. The day opened with a keynote address from Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, who was one of the highest ranking Hispanic/Latino woman in the United States Army before retiring and founding her own company

Workshops emphasizing four different topics in leadership and culture were offered in the morning and afternoon. These workshops featured expert speakers as well as plenty of time for discussion with the participants.

Other special features of the summit included a culturally rich lunch program that showcased the ethnic influences of the Hispanic/Latino heritage. Through dance and music, attendees enjoyed the sounds and color of this wonderful culture. Finally, the newly established Mexican Consulate in Indianapolis hosted an Open House to conclude the summit, giving participants the opportunity to meet the staff and learn about the services of the Consulate.