On November 6, 2013, the Puerto Rican Latin@ Studies Project (PRLSP) invited the Connecticut Latino Legislators to a roundtable discussion on issues and concerns affecting the Latino communities they serve. This event was the next step in a continuing conversation that began with the 2012 “Café con Leche” breakfast held at the Capitol’s Legislative Office Building. The focus of the collaboration between PRLSP and the Latino Legislative Caucus is to discuss issues affecting the Latino community for the purpose of legislative policy development. For this meeting, the main topics brought to the table by the legislators were education, mental health, and reentry services for Latino individuals released back into the community from correctional institutions. As the meeting evolved, education and the impact on Latinos became the focus of discussion.
This roundtable discussion demonstrated the concern and passion that the Latino legislators have for our communities. The Latino Caucus will host the next roundtable discussion at the Legislative Office Building. They are very much interested in continuing the collaboration with the Puerto Rican Latin@ Studies Project.
Roundtable participants included Connecticut legislators: Senator Andres Ayala Jr. and his Legislative Aide, Carlos Cosme, House Representatives: Hilda E. Santiago, Victor Cuevas, Angel Arce, and Edwin Vargas. From the School of Social Work: Salome Raheim, Dean, Scott Harding, Associate Dean, PRLSP faculty and stude nts; and Nancy Humphreys, Director of the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work; and policy interns.