• Hispanic Chamber Multicultural Speaker Series to feature Arturo Vargas, Los Angeles, “Getting Stoked for 2020: Galvanizing Latino participation in the Elections, Civic Change and the Census Count''

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    November 05, 2019
    The Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is honored to present Arturo Vargas, CEO of National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials NALEO Educational Funds, for our next Multicultural Speaker Series, as he presents on his topic, “Getting Stoked for 2020: Galvanizing Latino Participation in the Elections, Civic Change and the Census Count”.
    The Multicultural Speaker Series seeks to provide an opportunity for attendees to enhance cultural awareness, fulfill diversity education needs, increase integration into the community, and expand networks across community sectors.  The Multicultural Speaker Series is sponsored by Black Hawk College, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges District and WQPT is a media sponsor. 
    The Multicultural Speaker Series will be held 11:30am, Friday, November 14th at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, 101 18th Street Moline IL, 61265. Admittance for the event, which includes lunch, is $15 for Hispanic Chamber members and $20 for non-members.  Group and Student rates are available. To find out more or to register for the event, visit www.gqchcc.com or call (563) 214-5160.
    About Vargas
    Arturo Vargas is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund a national non-profit, non-partisan organization that strengthens American democracy by promoting the full participation of Latinos in civic life. He also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of NALEO, an affiliated national membership organization of Latino policymakers and their supporters. Vargas has held these positions since 1994.  Prior to joining NALEO Educational Fund, Vargas held various positions at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), including Vice President for Community Education and Public Policy. In this role he supervised and directed MALDEF’s community education and leadership development programs. Before joining MALDEF, Vargas was the Senior Education Policy Analyst at the National Council of La Raza in Washington, D.C.  Vargas is a nationally recognized expert in Latino demographic trends, electoral participation, voting rights, the Census, and redistricting.  Vargas holds a master’s degree in Education and a bachelor’s degree in History and Spanish from Stanford University. He is from Los Angeles, and was born in El Paso, Texas. 
    About the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    The Greater Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, membership-driven organization that includes businesses, non-for-profit organizations, educational institutions and individuals in the greater Quad Cities region within its membership. The Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to support, promote and enhance the growth and success of our local businesses and to leverage the community's assets, contributions and unique Hispanic Cultural identity to generate new business.  The Hispanic Chamber supports and promotes the success of its members through networking, advocacy and leadership. The organization has represented the interests of the local business community since 2008 and was named the best Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2018 by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
    To become a member or to learn more about the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s upcoming events, programs and initiatives, visit: www.gqchcc.com.
    Other Events hosted by The Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce:
    Catrina’s and Cocktails: November 7th, 2019 at the Figge Art Museum, 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA 52801 starting at 5:30 PM.
    Holiday Fiesta: December 6th, 2019 at Jumer’s Casino & Hotel, 777 Jumers Dr, Rock Island, IL 61201 starting at 5:30 PM.

    Janessa Calderon, Program Assistant
    (563) 214-5160