League of United Latin American Citizens’ state convention to be held in Sarasota May 3-5

Host will be organization’s newest council, LULAC Sarasota

Image from the LULAC website

The Florida section of the largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights organization in the country — the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) — will celebrate its 40th year during its annual meeting at the Art Ovation Hotel in downtown Sarasota May 3-5, the organization has announced.

Its newest council, LULAC Sarasota, which supports and has helped launch the Dreamers Academy, the “first Spanish immersion dual-language public charter school on the Suncoast,” will host the League of United Latin American Citizens’ state convention a news release explains.

Each year, the Florida convention “draws participants from across the state,” the release notes — representatives of businesses, along with labor leaders, elected officials, Florida Cabinet secretaries, academic experts and members of the public. The convention is “a great opportunity to see, network and be seen,” the release adds.

With the theme Inspiring Innovation and Advancing Equity ¡Con Ganas!, the event will include seminars and workshops featuring expert panelists who will discuss education, health care, immigration issues and civil rights, the release explains. “Among the speakers will be Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education José A. Viana, a leader in bilingual education at the U.S. Department of Education,” the release notes.

The LULAC convention also will host an Education Equity Development Training workshop for teachers and school administrators “interested in helping disadvantaged students in Florida,” the release points out.