Yesterday, as part of Black History Month programming, the White House hosted a virtual celebration of Afro-Latino heritage, where administration officials highlighted how President Biden prioritized the equity and diversity in its administration. The program included two panels and remarks from Ambassador to Spain Julissa Reynoso, Senior Advisor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Cedric Richmond, Dean of USC Rossier School of Education Dr. Pedro Noguera, as well as a word from the writer Melania Luisa Marte.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute CEO Marco Davis moderated a discussion focused on Afro-Latino representation with National Endowment for the Arts President Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson; Director of the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services Marvin Figueroa; and Cid Wilson, CEO of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility. White House Senior Advisor for Public Engagement Carissa Smith then moderated a second discussion focused on achieving Black wellbeing, the theme of this year’s Black History Month, with Director Deputy Energy Justice Shalanda Baker at the Department of Energy; and Acting National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency Miguel Estién at the Department of Commerce. Administration officials shared accomplishments from the first year of the Biden-Harris administration and attendees shared their own experiences as leaders of the Afro-Latino community.