Friday, October 15

HAPO Center | Pasco, WA

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

Roundtable Breakout Sessions: 10 a.m.

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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, Manager, Kold King Manufacturing
  • Jocelyn Núñez, Graduate Associate, Center for Academic Advising & Retention, EWU

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.

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Major Sponsor

Port of Benton

Media Sponsor

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Community Partners
  • Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Visit Tri-Cities