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” I would like to extend an invitation to the Hispanic community to participate in this year’s Spring Somos Conference. This year marks an important milestone as we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of our Conference. The Conference will be held Friday, March 23rd through Sunday, March 25th 2012, in Albany, New York. The theme of this conference is: ‘25 Years of Celebrating our History. Expanding our Horizon and Strengthening our Communities‘. Together, we have been 25 years strong and with your partnership and support, I look forward to many more years to come.

–  Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz

SCHEDULE OF THE SPRING SOMOS CONFERENCE
WORKSHOPS MODERATORS AND PANELISTS BOOKLET
MAP OF CONCOURSE CONVENTION CENTER AND MEETING ROOMS
MAP OF EMPIRE STATE PLAZA

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State Legislators Against Illegal Guns

 Moderator:

Brian Kavanagh, NYS Assembly Member

Panelist:

  • Brian Fisher, Commissioner of Corrections
  • Assembly Member Vanessa Gibson
  • New York City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito
  • Sonia Martinez, President of Mohawk Valley Latino Association
  • Pastor Charlie Muller, Victory Church
  • Assembly Member Robert Rodriguez
  • Assembly Member Michelle Schimel

Pictures from the Seniors Luncheon held in the Convention Center on Friday March 23. Over 1000 seniors participated in the luncheon.

 

Education: The New York State Dream Fund

Moderator: Hon. Francisco Moya, NYS Assembly Member; Hon. Marcos Crespo, NYS Assembly Member

Panelists: Allan Wernick, Director CUNY Citizenship Now, CUNY; William Mejia, DREAMer Make the Road NY; Katherine Tabares, DREAMer Make the Road NY; Natalia Aristizabal, Youth Organizer and Arts & Media Educator; Yajaira Saavedra, Founder/ Policy Director DREAM Scholars; Diane Steinman- Executive Director of the New York State Interfaith Network for Immigration Reform; Jose Calderon– Interim President for the Hispanic Federation; Alden Nesbitt, The Black Institute

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Children and Families Forum

Moderator: Assemblyman Samuel D. Roberts; Dr. Anderson Torres, the Puerto Rican Institute

Panelists: Maria Elena Girone, The PR Family Institute; Dilcia Granville, Administration for Children and Family US Department of Health; Iran Rodriguez, Program Manager; Assemblywomen Amy Paulin, Chair, Committee on Children and Family

Hispanics in Early Childhood Development

Moderator: Hon. Nelson Castro, NYS Assembly Member; Hon. Adriano Espaillat, NYS Senate Member

Explore the challenges and cultural issues surrounding language development for young Latino children in our area and strategize on ways to help them access the services they need in order to succeed. Discuss benefits of early childhood development and effects of Latinos population growth in this field.

Panelist: George Sheldon, Acting Secretary, Administration for Children and Families (ACF); Dr. Jose Alejandro, Case Management Kindred HealthCare; Reglan George, Executive Director , DC 1707 AFSCME; Maria Rodriguez, Executive Director of New Vision for Children and Families Services, Inc.; Anitta Ruiz, Early Childhood Consultant; Margie Fuentes, Case Manager, Trainer and Speaker, New Vision for Children and Families Services, Inc.

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Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz, Chairman of the New York State Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force interviewed Mr. Cesar Astralaga, Chairman of SOMOS Inc. Board of Directors regarding the 25th Anniversary SOMOS Conference which was held from March 23-March 25 in Albany, NY and the vision of SOMOS in the near future.

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