Iowa Latino Day on the Hill

The Office of Latino Affairs connects our Latino communities with state and local government, communicating issues, needs and concerns; providing programming to eliminate barriers to success. On January 25, 2018 the Iowa Commission of Latino Affairs held the first Latino Day on the Hill and had over 300 attendees.

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Welcome to the Office of Latino Affairs

We are accepting nominations for the 2020 Iowa Latino Hall of Fame

You can make a nomination for 2020

  • Nominate an Iowa Latino for the Iowa Latino Hall of Fame

  • Nominate an Iowa Latinx Youth or Young Adult for the Iowa Latinx Youth Leadership Award 

  • Nominate a non-Latino or Latino Iowan for the Robert D. Ray Award for Equity and Justice
  • Nominate an LGBTQ person of color for the Iowa LGBTQIA Leadership Award

NOMINATION INSTRUCTIONS

For more information contact Sonia Reyes at 515-281-4080 or Sonia.Reyes@iowa.gov 

Iowa Office of Latino Affairs

According to Iowa Code Section 216A.14, the Office of Latino Affairs was established to do the following:

  • Advocate for Iowans of Latino heritage
  • Serve the needs of Iowans of Latino heritage in participating fully in the economic, social and cultural life of the state by providing assistance and coordinating the efforts of other state departments and agencies
  • Assist in the development and coordination of other public or private organizations which serve Iowans of Latino heritage
  • Inform Iowans about programs and agencies operating to assist the Latino community. 

History

Originally established as the governor’s Spanish-speaking task force through legislative action on April 1974. At the time its primary mission was to study the issues facing Spanish-speaking persons. The Task Force produced a report titled “Conóceme en Iowa”.

Two years later on July 1, 1976, the Sixty-sixth General Assembly approved and Governor Robert Ray signed into law the Spanish-Speaking People’s Commission. Ten years later, in 1986 , during an overall reorganization of state government the Iowa Department of Human Rights was formed, under which was placed the Spanish-Speaking People’s Commission.

In 1990, the Commission and the Division were renamed Latino Affairs. During the 2011 reorganization the Division of Latino Affairs was renamed again as the Office of Latino affairs.

For more information contact Sonia Reyes, 515-281-4080 or Sonia.Reyes@iowa.govsubscribe to our monthly newsletter and like us on Facebook.

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