CRI Director Invited to Speak at Major Latino Meeting

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Dr. Jorge Duany will participate in a workshop entitled "One Million in Florida: The Impact and Influence of Puerto Rican Migration" at the Annual Conference of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) in Orlando. The session will be held on Saturday, July 23rd from 9:00 to 10:30 AM at the Orange County Convention Center. Other participants will include Dr. Héctor Cordero-Guzmán, Professor of the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, City University of New York; Dr. Elizabeth M. Aranda, Chair and Professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida; and Rafael Collazo, Director of Political Campaigns at NCLR. The workshop will be moderated by María Padilla, founder and editor of the blog Orlando Latino.

Dr. Duany will review some of the main findings of his recent commissioned report on "The Puerto Rican Exodus to Florida." In his presentation, he will highlight the extraordinary growth of the Puerto Rican population in Florida over the last decade and a half, as well as its changing socioeconomic profile. He will also assess the expansion of Puerto Rican-owned businesses and the political potential of Puerto Rican voters in this year's presidential elections.

The NCLR Annual Conference represents the largest gathering of the nation's most influential individuals, organizations, institutions, and companies working with the Hispanic community. The conference provides a forum for people in the business of social change to learn about ongoing and emerging issues in the Hispanic community, connect with key community leaders, and generate partnerships with Hispanic community-based organizations.