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White House to Hold Hispanic Community Action Summit at UT

Published: February 01, 2012

The White House will host a Hispanic Community Action Summit at The University of Tampa Vaughn Center on Friday, Feb. 3. The summit is the latest in a series of regional meetings across the country that provides an opportunity for senior Administration officials to interact with members of the Hispanic community on a wide range of issues.

White House and Cabinet agency officials will meet with Tampa Bay Region community leaders, small business owners and state and local elected officials at the summit. This all-day gathering includes innovative forums designed to facilitate in-depth discussions on topics from jobs and the economy to education, health care and the need to fix our nation’s broken immigration system.

The community action summit in Tampa will begin with a morning plenary session followed by a set of open space dialogues, in which participants set the agenda and identify action steps with officials throughout the afternoon. Members of the public must register in advance to participate at A report on the President’s agenda and the Hispanic community is available at

                   WHAT: White House Hispanic Community Action Summit
                   WHERE: The University of Tampa, Vaughn Center
                   WHEN: Friday, Feb. 3
                   RSVP: Space is limited. Media representatives who wish to cover the summit must pre-credential by e-mailing their name, title, organization and contact information to Toby Chaudhuri at by Thursday, Feb. 2, at 5 p.m. ET.

Administration officials expected to participate include:

  • Francisco Sánchez, Under Secretary for Commerce and International Trade, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Betsy Markey, Assistant Secretary for Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Gustavo Arnavat, U.S. Executive Director, Inter-American Development Bank
  • José Rico, Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
  • Julie Chávez Rodriguez, Associate Director, Office of Public Engagement, The White House
  • Teresa Niño, Director, Office of Public Engagement for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Esther Olavarria, Counselor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Judy Canales, Administrator for Business and Cooperative Programs, Rural Development Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Gabriel Sandoval, Senior Advisor, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
  • Daniel Hannaher, Regional Administrator, Small Business Administration
  • Shyam Reddy, Regional Administrator, General Services Administration
  • Robert Asaro-Angelo, Regional Representative, U.S. Department of Labor


9 a.m. ET Obama Administration officials deliver opening remarks and present an overview of the White House Community Action Summit.

9:30 a.m. ET
Opening plenary followed by a series of policy conversations

  • Job Creation and Economic Recovery
  • Educational Excellence
  • The Affordable Care Act and Healthy Families
  • Fixing America’s Broken Immigration System

10:30 a.m. ET Open Space Dialogue: Administration officials and summit participants create agenda and plan of action.

11 a.m. ET
Senior Administration officials hold a brief availability with media representatives.

4 p.m. ET
Closing session