The below letter from UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía was sent on March 11, 2020 to registered attendees of the 2020 Changemakers Summit.
At UnidosUS we have been monitoring the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and its potential impact on our communities, our work and upcoming events. After careful deliberation, and following the guidance of the Washington, D.C., government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are making the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 UnidosUS Changemakers Summit scheduled for March 23-25 in Washington, D.C.
We recognize the impact of this decision, which we do not take lightly. Each year the UnidosUS Changemakers Summit empowers our communities to engage in our democratic process, which is so important in 2020. But considering the seriousness and changing nature of the situation, canceling the event is the best course to protect our attendees, staff, speakers, and guests, as well as all of our communities across the country.
As part of our commitment to our continued partnerships to educate and mobilize our community, we are exploring the possibility of holding some sessions that were scheduled for the Changemakers Summit via phone conference and/or online. We will be in touch with additional details and specifics soon.
If you paid your Changemakers Summit registration fee online, we will issue a full refund automatically and no further action is needed on your part. For those who paid by check, we will be issuing refunds in the same form of payment within 30-45 days.
In addition, the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University will reimburse your one-night room deposit automatically and no further action is needed. If you do not receive your reimbursement within 30 days, please call the hotel at (202) 651-6000. You can also reach out to Christopher Pulido at [email protected] for assistance.
I want to thank you again for your leadership and for being a part of our Affiliate Network. These are difficult times for our community, for the nation, and for the world. But I know that by taking the right steps and working together we will get through this. We will be in touch again soon.