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Washington, DC Summit II 2018

Hurricane Maria caused over $125 billion of dollars in damages to Puerto Rico and left 3.4 million residents without electric power, potable water, and telecommunications. Reconstruction and economic recovery will take over a decade.

The Puerto Rican Diaspora Summit - Washington DC is a two-day conference that will provide a space for the discussion of policy issues and the articulation of community response from the perspective of Puerto Ricans in the National Capital region and other stakeholders.

Friday, October 26, 2018

5:00 PM    Networking Session
6:00 PM    Opening Remarks
Margarita Varela-Rosa, Chairperson of Puerto Rican Diaspora Summit - Washington DC
Jackie Reyes, Director of DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs
Julio Guity-Guevara, Deputy Director of DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs
6:30 PM    Showing of movie: Bancarrota
by: Jose M. Umpierre and Kendall Marsh
7:30 PM    Understanding the Debt
An expert panel will lead the discussion about the history of the debt of Puerto Rico, current events and what we can do as citizens

Saturday, October 27, 2018

8:00 AM    Registration

9:00 AM    Opening Remarks - Margarita Varela-Rosa
Chairperson of Puerto Rican Diaspora Summit - Washington DC

9:30 AM    Puerto Rico Post Maria - One Year After - Dr. Edwin Melendez
Director, Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, CUNY

10:10 AM    Public Policy and Reconstruction Efforts Panel

11:00 AM    Empowering Women in Politics

11:50 AM    Lunch

12:40 PM    Good Governance, Accountability and Transparency Panel

1:40 PM    Leveraging Federal Opportunities to Promote Economic Development in Puerto Rico Panel

2:30 PM    Break
2:45 PM    Engagement Sessions:

Advocacy Track
- How to be the best advocate for Puerto Rico - by: BoricuActivatEd
    
Civic Engagement Track - - ReImaginaPR by: Resilient Puerto Rico Advisory Commission
- Crafting a civic agenda for the DC region’s Puerto Rican community
by: National Puerto Rican Agenda Capital Region

4:45 PM    Keynote Speaker - Ana María García
Founder of Instituto Nueva Escuela

5:10 PM    Recognitions by: DC Mayor's Office of Latino Affairs
Jackie Reyes, Director of DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs
Julio Guity-Guevara, Deputy Director of DC Mayor's Office on Latino Affairs

5:30 PM    Networking Event and Reception