2022 UnidosUS Annual Conference

We spent three incredible days connecting, sharing, and learning at the 2022 UnidosUS Annual Conference. If you were able to join us this year: thank you!

If you couldn’t make it, check out the photos and highlights, and we hope to see you next year!

Read UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía’s full remarks here.

2022 UnidosUS Annual Conference Additional Resources


Awards Gala Honorees

2022 Unidos US Annual Conference Highlights

Rosie Castro

Rosie Castro

Civil Rights Activist
Maclovio Barraza Award for Leadership

Eduardo Díaz

Eduardo Diaz

Acting Deputy Director, National Museum of the American Latino
Graciela Olivarez La Raza Award

Tommy Espinoza

Tom Espinoza

President & Chief Executive Officer
Raza Development Fund
Raul Yzaguirre President’s Award

Jean Guerrero

Jean Guerrero

Opinion Columnist
Los Angeles Times
Ruben Salazar Award for Communications

Iván "Pudge" Rodríguez Torres

Iván "Pudge" Rodríguez

Major League Baseball Hall of Famer
The Roberto Clemente Award for Sports Excellence

One Stop Career Center Puerto Rico, Inc.

Arecibo, Puerto Rico
National Affiliate of the Year

Photo Gallery

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden – UnidosUS 2022 Annual Conference San Antonio
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2022 UnidosUS Annual Conference Latinx IncluXion Panel with Janet Murguía
UnidosUS 2022 Annual Conference San Antonio
UnidosUS 2022 Annual Conference San Antonio
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Hon. Gov. Asa Hutchinson
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UnidosUS 2022 Annual Conference San Antonio
UnidosUS 2022 Annual Conference San Antonio
UnidosUS 2022 Annual Conference San Antonio
UnidosUS 2022 Annual Conference San Antonio



Watch Replays

Racial Equity Plenary Open video.

Latinos are by far the nation’s largest racial/ethnic minority, with an enormous impact on the country’s present and future economic prosperity. However, institutions in sectors such as academia, government, media, entertainment, and philanthropy, among others, lack an understanding of the structural barriers that have negatively impacted the social and economic progress of Latinos while also lacking awareness of the rich contributions Latinos have made and continue to make to our country.

This session will share critical findings from relevant research about the exclusion of Latinos from American media, history books, and policy solutions, as well as their efforts to achieve greater representation for Latinos and elevate an essential voice currently missing from the racial equity public discourse in the largest multiracial democracy.

Policy Update Plenary Open video.

As the nation emerges from the pandemic, connecting how local and state issues relate to the national picture is critical to communicating for impact with the public.

This panel will connect what’s happening in the states with the federal landscape and focus on a few of the best opportunities to engage our community over the coming months in the lead-up to the mid-term elections.

We will cover major issues from the headlines on the state and federal levels and describe how organizations and communities could and should respond as Congress hangs in the balance.

DEI Includes Latinos Plenary Open video.

Equity and representation are more than just buzz words. The demographics of our country are changing and so are we as a community. However, the culture of our workplaces is not moving as fast.

How can we leverage the data, lift our voice, and lead in this moment? How are we being intentional about educating and building understanding of how Latinos are integral to the DEI conversation and practice? How do we, and our workplaces, recognize the diversity within our community? What are the best practices and tools? And who are the experts demonstrating how when DEI includes Latinos, it’s good for everyone?

Latinx IncluXion Luncheon Open video.

Equity in education is the foundation for equity in every other sector. As the pandemic and the Uvalde massacre have underscored the need for culturally and linguistically competent health responses, the nation’s leaders join us to chart the path forward for Latino children and families.

We Should Talk About Bruno Plenary Open video.

The pandemic, politics and mass shootings have worsened the mental health of Latinos, and far too many are suffering in silence. Nearly half of Hispanic adults report feeling anxious or depressed, and Latino children are also experiencing unprecedented levels of stress. We’re bringing together policymakers and community members to discuss solutions to ensure the future wellbeing of all in our community and our country.

2022 UnidosUS Annual Conference: National Affiliate Luncheon Open video.

Siempre Adelante: Our Quest for Latino Equity
National leaders address the UnidosUS 2022 Annual Conference with their vision for an equitable America.



UnidosUS Affiliate Awardees

Affiliate Award for Advocacy

Helen Rodríguez-Trías Health Award

LGBTQ Champion Award

California Regional Affiliate of the Year

Far West Regional Affiliate of the Year

Midwest Regional Affiliate of the Year

Northeast Regional Affiliate of the Year

Texas Regional Affiliate of the Year

Thank You to Our 2022 UnidosUS Annual Conference Host Committee

    • Jorge A Herrera, Attorney, The Herrera Law Firm


    • Louis Escareño, Attorney


    • Erika Prosper, First Lady of San Antonio


    • Ramiro Cavazos, President/CEO, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


    • Dr. Mike Flores, Chancellor, Alamo Colleges


    • Cristina Balli, Executive Director, Guadalupe Cultural Arts


    • Christopher W Sanchez, Executive Director, Neighborhood Housing Services of San Antonio


    • Elizabeth Lutz, Executive Director, Bexar County Community Health Collaborative


    • Frank Herrera, Founder, Herrera Law Firm


    • Cecilia Herrera, National Advisory Council Chair, MACRI – Mexican American Civil Rights Institute


    • Rolando Pablos, Former Texas Secretary of State


    • Leticia Van de Putte, Co-Founder & President Andrade-Van de Putte Associates, LLC


    • Alberto “Beto” Altamirano, CEO & Co-Founder, Irys


    • Hope Andrade, Co-Founder & Chief Strategic Advisor, Andrade-Van de Putte Associates, LLC


    • Marisa Bono, J.D., President / CEO, Every Texan


    • Hon. Gil Coronado, Heroes and Heritage


    • Antonio Flores, President HACU


    • Charlie Gonzalez


    • Ivan Jaime, Director – Government & Public Affairs, Walmart


    • The Hon. Ruben Minutti-Zanatta, Consul General of Mexico in San Antonio


    • A.J. Rodriguez, Executive Vice President, Texas 2036


    • Rey Saldana, National President / CEO, Communities in Schools


    • Gilberto Ocanas, Senior Advisor, Dentons


    • Dr. Cha Guzman, Chairwoman, San Antonio Housing Authority


    • George Hernandez, President/CEO, University Health


    • Janie Barrera, President & CEO, Lift Fund


    • Ernesto Nieto, President, National Hispanic Institute


    • Rene Gonzalez, Chief Strategy Officer, Lit Communities


    • Patricia Mejia, Vice President, Community Engagement & Impact San Antonio Area Foundation


    • Ivalis Meza


    • Dr. Cynthia Teniente Matson, President, Texas A&M University – San Antonio


    • Anita Fernandez, Partner, OCI Group


    • Teresa Nino, Vice President University Relations, University of Texas at San Antonio


    • Mary Alice Cisneros


    • Hon. Henry Cisneros


    • Jose H. Villarreal


    • Fernando Godinez, President/CEO, MAUC (Mexican American Unity Council)


    • Gabriel Velasquez, President/CEO, Avenida Guadalupe Association


    • Chris Alderete, Board Chairwoman, Port San Antonio


    • Kelly Murguía, Managing Director, Teach for America


    • Denise Hernandez, Board Chair, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


    • Juan Sepulveda, President’s Special Advisor for Inclusive Excellence, Trinity University


    • Lionel Sosa


    • Sarah Zenaida Gould PhD, Executive Director, MACRI – Mexican American Civil Rights Institute


    • Artie Rodriguez, Former CEO, UFW


    • Sonia Rodriguez, UFW


    • Sonya Medina-Williams, Papa John’s Board of Directors


    • Dr. Maria Teresa Granillo, CEO, AVANCE


    • Jennifer Cantu, Senior Vice President, Market Executive – San Antonio, Bank of America


    • Marla Bilonick, President and CEO, NALCAB


    • Barbara Ankamah Burford, Vice President, Social Impact and Sustainability, Wells Fargo


    • Orlanda Castaneda, Market Executive, JPMorgan Chase & Co.


  • Arturo Cassani, Community Affairs Lead, San Antonio, Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo
Honorary Host Committee Members
    • Congressman Joaquin Castro


    • Texas State Sen. Jose Menendez


    • Mayor Ron Nirenberg


    • Councilwoman Ana Sandoval


    • Councilwoman Teri Castillo


    • Councilwoman Phylis Viagran


    • Councilman Mario Bravo


    • Councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia


    • Councilwoman Melissa Cabello Havrda


    • Texas State Rep. Ray Lopez


  • Commissioner Rebeca Clay-Flores
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