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OCHLA's Annual Events

Ohio Latino Education Summit 
The Ohio Latino Education Summit is an event that brings together educators, administrators, non-profit leaders, parents, students and policymakers to discuss prevailing issues regarding the education of Ohio's Hispanic students. The conference features workshops where selected participants share "best practices" with each other and with attendees, as well as additional programming focused on educational issues for Ohio Latinos. 


Ohio Hispanic Legislative Visit Day
The Ohio Hispanic Legislative Visit Day is a major part of the Commission's strategy in expanding the participation of our constituents and expanding their ability to make well-informed decisions in regards to civic engagement. Nonprofit leaders, community advocates, and Hispanic business leaders come together for a day filled with meetings with Ohio legislators, and practical instruction on state government and the means to access it. There is also an opportunity during the lunch hour for exhibitors, legislators, community leaders, and constituents to network and establish constructive connections across the state of Ohio. OCHLA's Legislative Visit Day typically takes place at the Ohio Statehouse and Hispanic media outlets from all over the state cover the event each year. 


Ohio Latino Health Summit 
The Ohio Latino Health Summit is an event that brings 
together health experts, organizations, and individuals in order to shift the community's focus from a curative approach to health disparities into a preventative approach. A select group of leaders and scholars in the health industry are invited to share best practices from their own communities with the intention of highlighting programs and policies that are benefiting or harming the Latino population, as well as promoting ways in which these factors can be improved  and encouraging the formation of a Latino health policy network.. The Health Summit also hosts a variety of exhibitors to provide a forum for the exchange of contacts and ideas, and for strengthening the cohesion of the Latino healthcare community in Ohio. 


Ohio Civil Rights Town Hall 
The Civil Rights Town Hall Meeting is a multicultural event that advances OCHLA's efforts to connect Ohio Latinos to one another and to New American communities in order to build civic engagement and a great understanding of public policy issues. Through the Meeting, OCHLA aims to provide not only an informed understanding of civil rights and responsibilities for New Americans, but also to familiarize these constituents with best practices in managing situations that may threaten their civil rights. The Commission also uses this event to help create community among New Americans as well as develop an effective dialogue with local and state law enforcement. 

Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Awards Gala 
The annual Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Awards Gala secures appropriate recognition of the accomplishments of Hispanics in Ohio. The Commission and its Board work throughout the year to identify astonishing Latino and non-Latino leaders, as well as Latinos who have served in the U.S. Military, with the goal of awarding them for their service to the Latino Community. This event provides participants with the opportunity to not only celebrate Latino/Hispanic culture but also the breaking of barriers in regards to Latino/Hispanic involvement in business, education, health, politics, etc.
In recent years, OCHLA has collaborated with  different community partners to host this celebration.




Ohio Latino Workforce & Business Summit
 

The Workforce & Business Summit provides Hispanic entrepreneurs and business owners with the tools and resources they need to successfully benefit from the economic development opportunities that exist throughout the state of Ohio in both the public and private sectors. 
OCHLA aims to create a setting where small entrepreneurs have the freedom and ability to discuss and consider possible alliances/partnerships to participate in procurement and bidding opportunities. The Summit also encourages the face-to-face engagement of government officials charged with increasing minority business participation and provides feedback on successes and areas of possible improvement. Additionally, the Summit emphasizes the benefits  that businesses can yield from increased collaboration with state agencies and corporations.