What We Do:

Advise .                                   Connect .                                        Build


The Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs was created in 1977 with seventeen mandates proscribed in sections 121.32 and 121.33 of the Ohio Revised Code.  These mandates fall into one of three categories:

  • TO ADVISE [Public Policy Center] the Governor, the Ohio General Assembly, and state government agencies on all matters affecting Hispanic Ohioans, by issuing reports, proposing programs, commenting on legislation, and conducting policy-related research.
  • TO CONNECT [Latino Community Network] the diverse Latino communities across the State of Ohio by serving as a hub of information for and about Hispanic Ohioans by hosting meetings, conducting surveys, promoting collaboration, encouraging communication, and endeavoring to assure access to decision-making bodies.
  • TO BUILD [Organizations Development Center]  the capacity of Latino community organizations, especially those of, for, and by Hispanic Ohioans, by applying for and accepting grants in partnership with organizations, subcontracting programs to local groups, and conducting education programs to enhance and strengthen community organization staff and leadership.

Commission Scope

Knowing the scope of
the Commission &
its mandates 
is critical: 

  • It clarifies the role of the Commission so that the people of Ohio can know what to expect from the Commission.
  • It also gives elected officials the assurance of having a trusted, reliable, and objective source of guidance on public policy matters affecting Hispanic Ohioans.

  • It directs the energy and resources of the Commission in a way that allows for the production of measurable results.  

  • The Commission has a specific role that implicitly mandates strengthening grassroots private sector community organizations with the advice and counsel of grassroots leaders.