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