Media Advisory

UnidosUS to Host Virtual Town Hall: ‘Latino Education in the Time of Quarantine’

June 15, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC—Latino students and their families have faced unique challenges in their transition to distance learning in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Even before COVID-19, Latino children’s strong academic gains were overshadowed by significant achievement gaps with their peers. Now, the pandemic has caused them to lose further ground because of notable disparities in access to reliable internet and digital tools and devices, as well as limited support for the unique needs of the nearly five million English learners (ELs) enrolled in our public schools.

This UnidosUS virtual town hall will explore the impact that distance learning has had on Latino students and offer potential solutions to safeguard the academic success of all students.

Interested media should RSVP to Gabriela Gomez at


WHAT:Virtual Town Hall: “Latino Education in the Time of Quarantine”
WHEN:Thursday, June 18, 2020
6 P.M. ET/5 P.M. CT/3 P.M. PT
WHERE:To register, please visit: 
WHO:Welcome Remarks by Janet Murguía, UnidosUS President and CEO
Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Amanda Fernandez, CEO of Latinos for Education
Oscar Romano, School Principal at YES Prep Gulfton in Houston, TX

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Gabriela Gomez