Media Advisory

UnidosUS Education Policy Summit to Discuss State of Education for Latinos in Arizona

November 27, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC—On Friday, November 30, UnidosUS will host a day-long policy summit to address the importance of achieving equity in Arizona’s education system so that all students, no matter their background, have a fair shot at college and career readiness. The event will convene education leaders, policymakers and UnidosUS Affiliates, to discuss the state of education for Arizona’s Latino students and English Learners (ELs) and feature the release of an UnidosUS report that analyzes Arizona’s state plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act and provides policy recommendations to better meet the needs of underserved students.

With nearly 700,000 Latino students and 100,000 ELs enrolled in Arizona’s public schools, it is incumbent on state lawmakers to shape education policies and practices that ensure equal opportunity for all students and hold schools accountable when needed. By neglecting to address barriers facing historically underserved groups, the state’s future workforce won’t have the literacy, skills or college degrees they need to qualify for the jobs of the future.

Panelists will explore ways to close the achievement gap, improve the state’s accountability plan, and ensure educators are working to best support ELs and their English language acquisition, among other topics.

Interested media should RSVP to Gabriela Gomez at or (202) 776-1732.


WHAT: UnidosUS Arizona Policy Summit
WHEN:Friday, November 30, 2018
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. MST
WHERE:Montecito Community School
715 East Montecito Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85014
WHO:Welcome: Senator-Elect Tony Navarrete (D-30)
Key Sessions:
Educational Equity and Latino Student Success in Arizona 
9:45-10:45 a.m.
Moderator: Callie Kozlak, Field Campaign Manager, UnidosUS 
Setting the Stage for the Success of Latinos and All Students
11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Moderator: Richard Carranza, New York City Schools Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education

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 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 and Twitter.