LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., June 30, 2012 – Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort recently set the stage for the 83rd Annual League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Convention. More than 10,000 attendees came together with top leaders from government and the business community to celebrate their culture and address issues that affect Latino communities.
The importance of the local community was top of mind with convention organizers. “We chose Orlando for this year’s convention because Central Florida is now home to more than half a million Latinos,” said LULAC Executive Director Brent Wilkes.
Festivities kicked off on Wednesday June 27th with a citizenship naturalization ceremony that swore in 35 people as America’s newest citizens.
Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, US Attorney General Eric Holder and US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solís spoke about topics ranging from immigration reform to healthcare to civil rights.
An Expo at the event also helped thousands of Central Floridians connect with job and educational opportunities, as well as free health screenings.
The convention also featured seminars and workshops with a focus on community service, leadership and professional development and advocacy training.