With Great Enthusiasm, the NPRA-FL Chapter Invites You to the First Annual Diaspora Educational Summit September 29-30, 2023

NPRA-FL has partnered with the Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA) and the Puerto Rican Legal Clinic of Florida to offer two dynamic (non-CLE) panel workshops as well as a vibrant, Bomba y Plena performance for attendees.  Please join us for impactful conversations, connections, and collaborations September 29-30, 2023 at the Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Florida.  We encourage you to register here to attend the following NPRA-FL sponsored events:

Friday, September 29th         11am – 12:30pm 
Media Room - $25 (includes refreshments)

Dr. Carlos Vargas-Ramos “The Political Impact of Puerto Rican Migration”
Director for Public Policy, External and Media Relations, and Development
Center for Puerto Rican Studies (CENTRO), Hunter College/CUNY

Influential scholar Dr.  Vargas-Ramos will lead this not-to-be-missed panel discussion and share his research and distinctive approach in illustrating the impact of Puerto Rican migration on political behavior, political attitudes and orientations, as well as on issues of racial identity.  Take a deep-dive with us and explore how demographic changes among Puerto Rican and other Hispanics may affect representation at the congressional and county levels.

Dr. Carlos Vargas-Ramos is a Puerto Rican political scientist, prolific author, and intuitive researcher.  Carlos received his B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Rutgers University, and also holds an M.A. in Hispanic Civilization from New York University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.

 Saturday, September 30th - 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom - $25 (includes refreshments)

Dr. Fernando Rivera “How the NEW Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Laws Impact Education in Florida”
Professor of Sociology/Founding Director of The Puerto Rican Research HUB
University of Central Florida (UCF)

Distinguished Professor and Social Scientist, Dr. Rivera will moderate a Q&A panel featuring prominent legal experts on the distinct impact of Florida’s school and workplace Diversity, Equity, Inclusion bans on our community.

Featured Panelists: Johanna López, FL Rep. District 43 and Roberto Cruz, Esq. Latino Justice/Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund

Dr. Rivera is Central Florida’s leading voice on issues of health, education, and equity impacting the ever-growing Puerto Rican community.  Highly recognized for his transformative approach to collaborative research, advocacy, and program development, he founded the Puerto Rican Research Hub in 2018 at UCF.  Rivera earned his bachelor’s in Sociology from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. Rivera continued his studies in Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, completing his master’s and a PhD. After graduating, he conducted his postdoctoral studies at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers University.

Saturday, September 30th 1:30pm
Ballroom - FREE

Escuela de Bomba y Plena Tata Cepeda -
Experience the rich history, resilience, and vitality of one of Puerto Rico’s deepest cultural traditions!  Join us for an award-winning performance by Escuela de Bomba y Plena Tata Cepeda.  The Cepeda Family is a National Institution that has been promoting and taking Bomba and Plena to different parts of the world for 8 uninterrupted generations. For more than 300 years, Bomba is a critical form of collective expression, cultural affirmation, and artistic pleasure for the Puerto Rican people.

Anyone interested in obtaining special hotel rates or to register for Florida, NY or Illinois CLEs, please visit www.prbanationalconference.com.
Attendees are also welcome to purchase tickets to the PRBA’s Gala/Awards Ceremony on Saturday, September 30th at 7pm.  Tickets are $150/pp.
For more information on the greater Puerto Rican Bar Association National Conference 2023 at Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Florida please visit www.prbanationalconference.com