Friday, October 15

HAPO Center | Pasco, WA

Networking/Breakfast/Panel Discussion: 8-9:30 a.m.

Roundtable Breakout Sessions: 10 a.m.


About the Community Forum

The Hispanic population in our region is one of the fastest-growing. From 2000 to 2019, Washington’s Hispanic population grew by 7.5%. In 2019, the highest percentages of Hispanic residents were found in central Washington with Adams (68.5%), Franklin (55.3%) and Yakima (51.4%) counties posting the highest shares. What does this growth mean for employers, educators, and communities in our region?

In this thought-provoking forum, you’ll hear from experts on demographic projections, professional workforce development, and the support systems needed in our communities.

Opening Remarks:

  • Dr. Shari Clarke, VP for Diversity and Senior Diversity Officer, EWU
  • Marilyn Dreis, Director of Diversity Programs, EWU

Emcee & Panel Facilitator:

  • Dr. Nydia Martinez, Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, EWU

Demographics & Trends:

  • Dr. Patrick Jones, Executive Director, Institute for Public Policy & Economic Analysis, EWU


  • Martin Valadez, Interim Executive Director, Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. Alfredo Carlos, Director of Chicana/o/x Studies Program, EWU
  • Enrique Rubio, Owner/CEO, Kold King Manufacturing
  • Stephanie Fuentes, Retention Specialist, Columbia Basin College
  • Carla Lobos, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Pasco School District

Support These Initiatives

Eastern’s promise to create upward socio-economic mobility for students is met with one of the
toughest challenges our Eagles face: the need for financial support.

Donate to the Chicana/o/x Studies Program

The Chicana/o/x Studies Program at EWU has served as an academic and community resource center for students of Chicana/o, Latina/o, or Hispanic origin and their families coming from mainly the vast rural inland Northwest region for over 40 years. An increasing number of prospective students who will count on the academic, social, and financial assistance this scholarship funds.


Chicana/o/x Studies

Hispanic Legacy Scholarship Endowment Fund

Founded by Dr. Rodolfo Arevalo, this fund serves students of Hispanic, Latino(a) and Chicano(a) descent. Dr. Arévalo was the 25th president of EWU and was the first Latino President at a four-year college or university in Washington. Dr. Arévalo served eight years as a role model to first-generation students, inspiring all with his personal story and his commitment to learning.

Hispanic Legacy

Donate to the Honors Program

Rooted in the philosophy of leadership for social justice and civic responsibility, the Honors Program challenges academically motivated students, sharpening their leadership skills by addressing complex community problems with interdisciplinary perspectives. We are stepping up for our students to get them over the goal line and on to a life of success and impact.

Honors Program

A Hispanic Serving Institution

Eastern Washington University is pleased to host this forum, as it works toward receiving a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) designation from the federal government. EWU is currently considered an “emerging” HSI and is aiming for an HSI designation by 2023, when at least 25% of undergraduate full-time enrollment is expected to identify as Hispanic. EWU is committed to serving the needs of our region, which includes the growing Hispanic population seeking access to post-secondary education, employers recruiting and serving a diverse workforce, and a dynamic economy.

Presented by

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Major Sponsor

Port of Benton

Media Sponsor

Journal of Business logo

Community Partners
  • Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Visit Tri-Cities
Supporting Sponsor
  • Gesa
Student Success Sponsor
  • Gravis Law