What will you do at the Leaders in Action Summit?

Day 1: In a series of workshops and sessions, build the skills and confidence you need to advocate for the country’s most relevant and pressing issues. Fine-tune your views on complicated issues and end the day with a better understanding of how to effectively advocate for change.

Day 2 : Take everything you’ve learned to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress. Talk to them about the issues that matter to you most, and how their decisions are affecting the people you love.



(As of March 12, 2018 • Information and Schedule Subject to Change)

tuesday, March 20

3:00–7:00 p.m.               Registration

Capital Hilton

6:00–8:00 p.m.               Summit Welcome Reception

Capital Hilton

Wednesday, March 21

8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.      Registration

Capital Hilton

Affiliate leadership session
UnidosUS Affiliate Senior Leaders and Board of Directors Members Only
Capital Hilton

8:00–8:30 a.m.               Breakfast and Welcome Remarks
Fernando Godinez, President & CEO, MAUC, UnidosUS Affiliate Council Chair
Viviana López Green, Senior Director, Affiliate Engagement, UnidosUS

8:30–9:30 a.m.               The Year Ahead: Analysis of Midterm Elections
Lara M. Brown, PhD, Director and Associate Professor, Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), The George Washington University

UnidosUS Affiliates will gain insight on the midterm election landscape and the dynamics around the country. Dr. Brown will discuss the economic and cultural factors that are contributing to ideological fissures among various demographic groups within the parties. She will focus on both the long-term and short-term disappointments with public policy that have led to the widespread dissatisfaction among the public. Dr. Brown will share where the opportunities exist for activists to engage people to help build momentum and instigate political change. She will also provide Affiliates with tools and tactics about how to observe, analyze, and develop forecasts for the likely number of seats expected to change parties (from Republican to Democratic) next November.

9:30–10:00 a.m.             Networking Break

10:00–11:30 a.m.           Integrating Civic Action for Nonprofits
Sean Thomas Breitfeld, CO Director, Building Movement Project
Noelia Mann, Communications and Operations Coordinator, Building Movement Project

Affiliate Panel
Mauricio Calvo, Executive Director, Latino Memphis, UnidosUS Affiliate

Andrea Plaza, Executive Director, Encuentro, UnidosUS Affiliate

Building Movement Projects (BMP), develops research, tools, training materials and opportunities for partnership that bolster nonprofit organizations’ ability to support the voice and power of the people they serve. This workshop will deepen UnidosUS’s continued work in integrating civic action for nonprofits. UnidosUS Affiliates will showcase examples of integrating civic action. The BMP facilitators will conduct an organizational assessment for social change, explore community engagement strategies, and tackle barriers to Board buy-in. BMP will map out opportunities for civic engagement and activism.

11:30–11:45 a.m.           Closing Remarks
Brenda González Ricards, Regional Director, Affiliate Engagement UnidosUS
Teresa Granillo, Executive Director, Con Mi Madre, Affiliate Council Texas Representative

11:45 a.m.                       Adjourn

Policy and community action session
Capital Hilton

10:00–11:30 a.m.           Empowering Youth to Take Action:
A Youth-led Approach to Community Organizing

10:00–11:30 a.m.           AARP SESSION
Our Family Caregivers and The CARE Act

Noon–1:00 p.m.             Summit Luncheon
(Ticket Required)

Opening Remarks
Janet Murguía, UnidosUS President and CEO

Panel Discussion
The Road Ahead: A Conversation with
Young Leaders on the Challenges and Opportunities in 2018

• Tony Navarrete, Deputy Director, Promise Arizona

• Mayra Cedano, Community Engagement Programs Manager, Comunidades Unidas

• Jorge Ramos, Youth Council Member, El Pueblo

1:00–1:30 p.m.               Defending and Advancing Latino Priorities: What to Expect in 2018

1:30–2:15 p.m.               Immigration Policy Briefing: What’s at Stake for Latino and Immigrant Communities

2:15–3:15 p.m.               policy briefings


•Economic Justice


•The Federal Budget

3:15–3:30 p.m.               Break

3:30–4:00 p.m.               From the Streets, to Congress, to the Ballot Box: Effective Strategies to Engage Voters in the Midterm Election

4:00–4:30 p.m.               Role Play: Best Practices to Engage with Your Members of Congress

4:30–6:00 p.m.                State Caucuses:
Getting Ready for Your Congressional Visits

Thursday, March 22

8:00–9:00 a.m.               Capitol Hill Visits Coffee Starter

Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.      Capitol Hill Visits

U.S. House of Representative and U.S. Senate Offices

capital awards gala
National Building Museum

5:30–6:30 p.m.               Chair’s Reception
East Court

7:00–9:00 p.m.               Ceremony and Dinner
Center Court

9:00–10:00 p.m.             President’s Dessert Reception

East Court

Affiliate Registration

General Registration

Registration Information

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