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UNITED STATES HISPANIC LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE President Obama Raises the Bar with Two More Latino Nominations Among the nominees announced recently by the White House was Rafael Borras, who was nominated by President Barack Obama for Under Secretary for Management at the Department of Homeland Security. is currently the Vice President for Construction Services in the Mid-Atlantic Region for the URS Corporation, which is a global engineering firm. Borras brings 25 years of experience in budget and financial management, information technology, and procurement and human services to the position for which he has been nominated. His distinguished career in government and the private sector includes serving as the Regional Administrator for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the U.S. General Services Administration, a position to which he was nominated after having served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration in the U.S. Commerce Department. Borras also served as Deputy City Manager and Commissioner of Human Services in New Rochelle, NY, and Deputy City Manager in Hartford, CT. He began his public service career with Metropolitan Dade County Government, serving in the Office of the County Administrator, followed by six years as Director of Communications at the International City/County Management Association. Rafael Borras Soon to be announced by the President is the nomination of Dr. Alexander Garza as Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Garza brings a strong blend of government and military public health experience to this critically important position. At the Department of Homeland Security he will lead all DHS medical and health security matters, oversee the health aspects of contingency planning for all chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear hazards, and lead a coordinated effort to ensure that DHS is prepared to respond to biological and chemical Weapons of Mass Destruction. Dr. Garza is currently the staff physician for the Level I trauma center at the Washington Hospital Center. Previously he was Director of Military Programs at the ER One Institute, Associate Medical Director of Emergency Medical Services for the State of New Mexico, and Director of Emergency Medical Services for the Kansas City Health Department. In the military Garza has served as a battalion surgeon, Public Health Team Chief in Dakar, Senegal and during Operation Iraqi Freedom I, and as a special investigator and medical expert for Major General Raymond Odierno. He began his career as a paramedic, a flight paramedic, and an Emergency Medical Technician in Missouri. Garza holds an MD from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine and a Master's in Public Health from St. Louis University School of Public Health.
Angelo Falcon and Miguel Rivera Debate the 2010 Census The Rev. Miguel Rivera claims to have 20,000 evangelical churches supporting his call for a boycott of the 2010 Census unless Congress passes comprehensive immigration reform first. All Latino national organizations representing and serving most of the nation's 50 million Latinos, believe that Rivera is leading his flock in the wrong direction and providing a great disservice to the Latino community. On the other hand, Angelo Falcon, founder of the Latino National Census Network and president of the National Institute on Latino Policy, is the nation's most outspoken advocate for a complete and accurate count of all Latinos in the 2010 Census. Click here to access a link to view the spirited debate.
The NEA Honors Governor Bill Richardson The National Education Association (NEA) presented the "America's Greatest Education Governor Award" to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. NEA President Dennis Van Roekel presented the award before 10,000 educators attending the union's Representative Assembly saying, "Gov. Richardson speaks up on the issues that affect children, and he follows up the talk with action. Realizing the impact early childhood education has on long-term success, he extended kindergarten programs to full-day classes. Despite criticism, he advocated for and passed a law to provide free pre-K for 4-year olds." In accepting the award Gov. Richardson said, "Since day one I've made education the top priority of my administration. From increasing teacher pay to ensuring that we recruit and retain the best and brightest, to better preparing our kids by implementing a statewide pre-K program, I'm proud of the reforms we have made." The state ranked 46th in the nation in teacher salaries when Gov. Richardson took office. Now the state ranks 36th. He also restored collective bargaining rights for educators.
Volunteers Needed for Regional Conferences USHLI regional conferences will be held this fall in Chicago IL, Spokane WA, Newark NJ, Kansas City MO, and Orlando FL. We are looking for volunteers to work with USHLI staff in planning these conferences by serving on a conference planning committee. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the USHLI office at 312-427-8683 for complete details.