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"Engaging Our Comunidades"

Presented by the Latinx Planning Organization for Development, Education & Regeneration (LPODER)


As the primary contributor to our region's population growth, and a lasting economic and social force, the Chicago region’s Latino/a/x population is a group that any effective planner and decision maker must reckon with. Yet despite their significant role in the region, this diverse community continues to face significant health, financial, and political disparities. Join our panelists as they share their advocacy work within the Latino/a/x population, and some of the key strategies they’ve developed to engage our comunidades and bridge some of the inequities they face.

Featuring Panelists:

  • Cynthia Brito, PhD, Community Development, University of Illinois - Chicago 

  • Edgar Gonzalez Jr., Illinois State Representative, 21st District

  • Yaritza Guillen, NeighborSpace

  • Gina Ramirez, Board President- Southeast Environmental Task Force


Moderated by Isobel Araujo, MUPP '23



A recording of the panel is below.