The 2022 Pennsylvania Latino Convention kicks off in Allentown this evening with a faith-based opening ceremony and continues with a full slate Thursday and Friday.
Among the panels and workshops are sessions on health, education, entrepreneurship and workforce development. The convention concludes Saturday morning.
The chairman and organizer is Norman Bristol Colon of Lancaster, chief diversity officer in the state Department of Community & Economic Development. The first convention took place in 2018 at the Lancaster County Convention Center.
Hispanics are the largest minority ethnic group in the U.S., accounting for more than 18% of the population. Lancaster County’s Hispanic population grew by 36% between 2010 and 2020. Latinos now account for nearly 40% of Lancaster city’s population and 11.5% of Lancaster County as a whole.