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CLALS | Annual Latino Public Affairs Forum

American University's Annual Latino Public Affairs Forum

Latinos represent the fastest growing population in the United States, increasing 43% between 2000 and 2010, and they are the leading edge of a demographic change transforming the U.S. into a "majority minority" country. As of 2014, 17% of the U.S. population, or 55 million people, identified as Latino. By 2060 the Latino population is expected to increase 115% to 119 million, and account for 29% of the US population. Their influence upon the direction of national politics, culture, economic trends, and a broad range of other issues, will only grow.

Recognizing the dynamic role of Latinos in U.S. public life, American University's Annual Latino Public Affairs Forum (ALPAF) seeks to convene academics, community advocates, policy experts, journalists, students, and other stakeholders, to address key questions and topics of concern for Latinos. Each year the Forum will focus on a significant public policy domain that is both impacted by and important to Latino communities in the U.S. ALPAF is also intended to better connect the findings of academic research with the efforts of different stakeholders and important policy and political debates around these topics.

ALPAF 2017: Latino Entrepreneurship: Access to Capital, Challenges for Growth 

February 27, 2017 

CLALS and the Kogod School of Business are jointly sponsoring the third annual forum, which will consider the challenges currently faced by Latino entrepreneurs in accessing financial capital.

Learn more about ALPAF 2017

ALPAF 2016: The Role of the Latino Vote in the 2016 Presidential Election

February 29, 2016

CLALS and the Center for Constitutional and Presidential Studies jointly sponsored the second Forum, which considered the impact of the Latino vote on the 2016 presidential election cycle.

Learn more about ALPAF 2016

ALPAF 2015: Prospects & Implications of Immigration Reform Policies, 2015-2016

January 15, 2015

The inaugural Forum considered the prospects and possibilities for immigration policy during the last two years of the Obama administration.

Learn more about ALPAF 2015