The National Council of La Raza is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States and works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.

Each year they put on a national conference that attracts attendees and speakers from all over the United States. The 2013 NCLR Annual Conference in New Orleans consists of four days of the most thorough and cutting-edge workshops addressing critical issues in the Latino community, five key meal events before an audience of 2,000, and presentations from speakers of national and international prominence.

The 2013 conference theme is “Rise As One” which communicates the aspiration of working with other diverse communities to bridge a divide and achieve solutions to our shared challenges. This theme highlights ascension to better opportunities, respect, and awareness as it relates to the improved image, position, and power of our communities within the nation. “Rise As One” resonates in the landscape of the Gulf South where there has been an absence, until now, of catalysts to inspire conversation about the need for unity among communities of color. This theme speaks to the importance of growing opportunities for the good of the whole community, not just for the benefit of Latino families. “Rise As One” also speaks to upward movement and demonstrates that while we’ve come a long way, we still have a long way to go and this journey can best be accomplished together.

The Urban Core Collective is honored to have been chosen to participate in this year’s conference. Check back soon for a recap of the conference.