Stronger Together | Fuerza Unida

Saturday, September 24, 2016

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The Oregon Latino Agenda for Action (OLAA) Summit is our biennial convening of Latinos across Oregon. This year’s theme, Stronger Together/ Fuerza Unida, will focus on using analysis of data and research stemming from this year’s OLAA Report. Our goal is to come out of the summit with a set of policy priorities for the 2017 Oregon Latino Agenda for Action, to unify Latino Leaders and organizations behind a Latino platform, and to encourage Latinos to step into civic leadership positions.

Portland State University
Native American Student and Community Center
710 SW Jackson St., Portland, OR 97201

Location and directions – MAP

Brunch provided! ¡Desayuno será proveido!

Cost: $30 suggested donation

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Read about the OLAA Líderes Award

OLAA Report Author & Presenter: Ronald Mize


Ron Mize is an Associate Professor in the School of Language, Culture, and Society. He previously taught Sociology, Latino Studies, and Ethnic Studies at Humboldt State University, Cornell University, University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne, California State University-San Marcos, University of California San Diego, Southwestern College, Colorado State University and University of Wisconsin Rock County. He was trained as a journalist at the University of Colorado Boulder and went on to study Sociology at Colorado State University (M.A.) and University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D.).

His scholarly research focuses on the historical origins of racial, class, and gender oppression in the lives of Mexicano/as residing in the United States. Due to the reliance on Mexican labor in the rural industries of agriculture, mining, and railroad construction, his historical research explores the class, gender, and race formations of Anglo-Chicano relations as they relate to these sectors of rural spaces and the economy. He investigates the degree to which contemporary immigrant labor is informed by the history of Mexican incorporation into the rural United States. He seeks to understand the underlying assumptions about nation, race, identity, gender and class in how the public forms our opinions about immigration and part of his effort is to carve out a new paradigm for understanding both the political economy and culture of immigration as well as their interconnections.

OLAA Executive Summary          OLAA Full Report

Keynote Speaker: Jessica Vega Pederson


Jessica Vega Pederson is a mother, a technology professional, a progressive Democrat, a proud resident of East Portland, and the first Latina elected to the Oregon House of Representatives. She was first elected to the Oregon House in 2012.

As Chair of the Energy and Environment committee in the House, Jessica carried to passage Oregon’s Clean Fuels Standard and the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan, both of which reduce pollution and create good-paying jobs. As Majority Whip, she helped lead the fight for universal paid sick time, a higher minimum wage, stronger equal pay laws, and stable funding for Oregon’s schools.

Before being elected to the State House, Jessica worked in the tech sector, helping start-ups, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies to grow their business.

In May 2016, Jessica was elected to the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, District 3, where she will begin serving in January 2017. She is committed to making Multnomah County an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.

Program Schedule 

9:00 am – 10:00 am  

Registration: Networking and Brunch

10:00 am – 10:30 am  
Welcoming Remarks
– Reyna Lopez, OLAA Co-Chair
– John Fraire, Ph.D. PSU Vice President of Enrollment Management &
Student Affairs
– Invocation, the Rev. Hector E. Lopez, United Church of Christ

10:30 am – 11:00 am  
Keynote Speaker
– Jessica Vega Pederson

11:00 am – 12:00 pm  
The Oregon Latino Agenda for Action 2016 Report
– Presented by Ronald L. Mize, Ph.D., Oregon State University

12:00 pm – 2:15 pm  
Thematic Presentations and Breakouts
– Health
– Labor
– Advocacy and Service
– Education
– Measure 97

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm  
Report Outs

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm  
OLAA Líderes Awards
– Gloria Wiggins Award honoree: Elsa Rosales
– Ally for Excellence Award honoree: Ann Curry-Stevens
– Youth Award honoree: United We Stand, Oregon

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm  
Upcoming Events and Closing


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  • Registration now open for the Summit scheduled for Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Portland State University
  • OLAA Líderes Award winners Elsa Rosales, Ann Curry-Stevens, United We Stand, Oregon
  • Summit keynote speaker is Jessica Vega Pederson