“Latino Nation: Beyond The Numbers”

Whether of Mexican, Cuban, South American or Caribbean heritage, America’s destiny is forever linked to its recognition and understanding of its diverse Latino citizens. Gone forever are the days of painting Latinos as a monolithic or insignificant community. In many respects, as the Latino community goes, so goes America.
— Tavis

Hosted in partnership with the William C. Velásquez Institute, “Latino Nation: Beyond The Numbers” panelists examined a full range of Latino influence on American life, from the economy to politics, healthcare to education, immigration to foreign policy, as well as solutions for economic growth in this vital community.

They also challenged stereotypes that plague the 14 million Latino voters, whose ranks grow by approximately 20% every four years.

We aired the nationally televised symposium for three nights, beginning Wednesday, April 10 through Friday April 12, 2013, with participants that included the following individuals. (Click on the name to learn more about the panelist.)

Hector Barreto
Chairman, Latino Coalition; former SBA administrator




Oscar Chacon
Executive director, National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities




Maria Elena Durazo
Executive secretary-treasurer, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO




Domingo Garcia
Principal, Law Offices of Domingo Garcia




Jesus Garcia
Commissioner, District 7, Cook County, IL




Antonio González
President, William C. Velásquez Institute




Rep. Luis Gutiérrez




Xavier Gutierrez
President-Chief Investment Officer, Meruelo Capital Partners




Bettina Inclán
Republican political strategist




David Montejano
Ethnic studies professor, University of California, Berkeley




Ana Navarro
Republican political strategist




Aracely Panameño
Director Latino Affairs, Center for Responsible Lending




Adriana Quintero
Senior attorney-director, La Onda Verde de NRDC




Thomas A. Saenz
President-general counsel, MALDEF




Stephanie Sanchez
Student trustee board member, Chicago State University




Mary Rose Wilcox
Supervisor, District 5, Maricopa County, AZ

  • Ron Lane

    Thanks You MR.T. for bring about a great show, each show bring about just times for just causes for use citizens of the planet.This is my spin on change I state this that mankind will short changes it self but with GOD and your show we always have the correct change :Joy and $$$$ Thanks have a Bless Day

  • Graciela Tiscareño-Sato

    Thank you Tavis and PBS for shining the light on our greatness and diversity. We start businesses at twice the national average (especially Latinas like me who are military veterans!) We need America to see our economic contributions, our professors, biracial kids, millionaires, the English speakers, the bilingual, our inventors, our entrepreneurs, the venture capitalists –positive images to smash old, disgusting, hateful stereotypes. More power to you!

    Graciela Tiscareno-Sato
    Author of “Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them” and
    “Good Night Captain Mama”

  • ernest gurule

    What could be better than that which will make us better? Latinos (and others) add to the intellectual/artistic pool. Latinos contribute to innovation. Latinos only add richness to the diversity of a great nation. Latinos build doors, open doors and walk through doors that expose things that were never imagined.
    This nation has for most of its existence made a conscious effort to ignore the potential and braintrust of the majority of its citizenry, specifically women and people of color. Finally, in a brand new century, the nation understands the potential, the greatness and the amazing treasure in this resource that has been under its nose from the very beginning!!

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