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CU employee attends 1st White House Hispanic conference
INDIANAPOLIS (7/26/11)--Marco Dominguez, director of community sales at Finance Center FCU, Indianapolis, attended the first White House Hispanic Policy Conference held in mid-July at the White House.
Marco Dominguez, director of community sales at Finance Center FCU, Indianapolis, attended the first White House Hispanic Policy Conference held in mid-July at the White House. (Photo provided by Finance Center FCU)
Titled “Winning the Future: President Obama’s Agenda and the Hispanic Community,” the summit was attended by 160 leaders from the Hispanic community representing 25 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. More than 100 government officials representing the Hispanic community led discussions on President Obama’s agenda. Key speakers at the conference included Alejandra Castillo, National deputy director of the Minority Business Development Agency; Martin Castor, chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; Sara Manzano-Diaz, director of the Women’s Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor; and Ramona Romero, general counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “In terms of personal experience, it was great because I had the opportunity to meet so many people and see that concerns and initiatives here in Indianapolis are the same as those throughout the nation,” Dominguez told News Now. “We have established a Hispanic advisory board. We are listening to the community and paying attention to the growth of the community. I am so proud of that.” The conference helped bring together key administration officials with Hispanic community leaders and ensure that everyone understood the president’s agenda and its potential impact on the Hispanic community. The open space format of the conference allowed the attendees to lead conversations, ask direct questions of administration members, and express their ideas and concerns on key issues such as homeland security, immigration and civil rights. At the end of the first day of the conference, President Barack Obama surprised the attendees with a short address on his administration’s plan for the Hispanic community, including education and immigration reform. The second day of the conference allowed attendees the opportunity to present on stage their ideas regarding the Hispanic community. Dominguez spoke on concerns that immigrants to the U.S. are allowed to pay taxes using an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (I-TIN), but that not all those who receive an I-TIN are allowed to stay in the U.S. legally. He also presented on Finance Center FCU’s financial literacy program, with basic financial lessons available in Spanish and English; and its Latino advisory board made up of prominent Indianapolis leaders. The board addresses the financial concerns of the Hispanic community in Indianapolis. Dominguez is a trusted member of the community who participates in many organizations, including The Indiana Minority Health Coalition, Press Club Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, and the United Way of Central Indiana, His leadership in the Indianapolis community earned him an invitation to the conference, said Finance Center FCU.


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