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CLALS events intend to enrich understanding of Latin America and Latino communities in the U.S.

Save the Date: The Fifth Annual Latino Public Affairs Forum

March 1, 2019 | American University

Inclusive Communities, Welcoming Neighborhoods? The Present and Future for Latinos in Changing U.S. Cities

As the U.S. Latino population continues to grow, Latinos are increasingly at the center of urban planning debates about the changing demographic diversity of new and emerging metropolitan areas. At the same time, cities are responding to a set of historical and structural challenges, such as the effects of gentrification, that directly affect Latino communities. While some attention has been given to implications of demographic change in larger cities, less is known about these circumstances in such smaller or medium sized immigrant gateways as Raleigh, NC; Lexington, KY; Bridgeport, CT; Burlington, VT; or Salt Lake City, UT, among others.

Co-sponsored by American University’s Center for Latin American & Latino Studies and its Metropolitan Policy Center, the fifth Annual Latino Public Affairs Forum (ALPAF) will convene AU faculty, and other scholars of urban diversity and Latino life in U.S. cities, together with urban planners, to address neighborhood inclusion in three interrelated panel discussions. This year’s Forum considers urban policy and planning in small and medium sized cities with significant and increasing Latino populations to assess what steps they are taking or could take to make often rapidly changing neighborhoods more welcoming for Latinos.