SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Latino Institute for Corporate Inclusion (LICI) convened Bay Area executives from the private and public sectors yesterday at San Francisco State University, Downtown Campus. The LICI Distinguished Lecture Series featured Dr. Mildred Garcia, President of California State University-Dominguez Hills, who also oversees Hispanic Initiatives for the 23 CSU campuses, and Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, Director of UCLA's Center for the Study of Latino Health & Culture.
The series is designed to provide executives responsible for meeting employment and procurement goals with the latest research and trends related to Latinos in the Southwest. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates Latinos are nearly 50 million, or 16 percent, of the U.S. population; California leads all states in Hispanic population with 13.5 million, or 37 percent.
"An increasing number of senior executives are expressing the need for better resources to help their organizations meet corporate social responsibility goals," said LICI President and CEO Ruben Jauregui. "LICI is positioned to assist its private and public sector stakeholders in identifying solutions to make them more responsive to the changing demographics in their respective service areas."
According to LICI, bringing private and public sector executives together with institutions of higher learning and Latino community leaders is an essential step in addressing the challenges of a culturally diverse population, marketplace and workforce. A reception to recognize individuals who have been instrumental in community and economic development efforts followed the LICI Distinguished Lecture Series; the honored guests included former New Mexico Governor Jerry Apodaca, Ceja Winery co-founder Amelia Ceja, TV newscaster and founder of Latinas Contra Cancer Ysabel Duron, former AT&T board member and founder of Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) Herman Gallegos, and CSU Trustee, Hispanic Chamber member and attorney Melinda Guzman-Moore. The two events were presented in coordination with California State University (CSU) System and sponsored by AT&T, ConocoPhillips and Verizon.
The Latino Institute for Corporate Inclusion was restructured in 2007, and continues its 20-year history of advocacy for Latinos in the area of corporate social responsibility. LICI's goal is to encourage and support community and corporate stakeholders in the advancement of inclusion for members of the U.S. Latino business, consumer, taxpayer, and voter segments in our economic mainstream. More at: http://www.latinoinclusion.org/
SOURCE Latino Institute for Corporate Inclusion