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Welcome to the Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center.

The Latino Center was launched in October 2012 in recognition of Arizona's rapidly changing demographics.

The state's growing Latino population increasingly will have unprecedented impact on Arizona's workforce, education, leadership, and ability to compete economically.

The Latino Center uses various venues, formats and publications to improve Arizona's understanding of Latino-related opportunities and challenges, and how resulting public policy decisions will affect Arizona's future for all.

Using credible data, analysis and projections, the nonpartisan Latino Center operates under the auspices of Morrison Institute for Public Policy, a trusted brand since 1982.

Garcia is the director of Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center. >He also is director of communication, managing media relations and public outreach for Morrison Institute.

Garcia began work at Morrison Institute in April 2009 after a career in journalism that included experience as a top editor, columnist and/or news reporter at The Arizona Republic, The Daily Times, Tucson Citizen, USA Today and The Associated Press.

His articles, analysis and commentary have appeared in such publications as Latino Perspectives, The Denver Post, Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight, The East Valley Tribune, Huffington Post, The Arizona Republic, Financial Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has appeared on several TV shows, including Sunday Squareoff, Horizonte, Arizona Week and The O'Reilly Factor.

Garcia, a former political reporter, also is an instructor of journalism at Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He also has taught journalism at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

A UA graduate, Garcia has a strong connection to Arizona. He grew up in Flagstaff, lived many years in Tucson and has lived in the Valley since 2005.

Garcia is a member of the board of directors for Arizona Children's Action Alliance, as well as an advisory board member for the Raul H. Castro Institute at Phoenix College, and the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting. He presently is working toward his master's degree.

The Latino Public Policy Center Advisory Board is primarily composed of faculty members and prominent community leaders who strive for the enhancement of the Hispanic community at Arizona through public outreach, academic excellence, and political movements.

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Why must Arizona better understand 'Latino issues?' Because they are 'Arizona issues,' determining our state's future Arizona is expected to become a “majority-minority” state perhaps within the next two decades, with its younger citizens largely Latino. Eighty-two percent of the state's Latino youth under age 20 are naturalized citizens or were born in the United States. For Arizona Latino children under 5 years old, 97 percent are U.S. citizens. Latinos are Arizonans. And they represent our state's future. With our state's workforce, electorate, economic drivers and leadership largely affected and dependent on informed public policy as it relates to Arizona Latino citizens, Morrison Institute established a new center to house a growing collection of related articles, analysis, videos, blogs and polls, as well as further the dialogue through presentations and forums. Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center was launched in October 2012 with a mission to provide a better understanding of how Latino public policy issues affect all of Arizona and our shared future opportunity. Joseph Garcia, Latino Center director

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Joseph Garcia

Garcia is the director of Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center. He also is director of communication, managing media relations and public outreach for Morrison Institute.

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Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos

Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos, an associate professor in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, is a 2015 Morrison Institute Faculty Fellow. He will assist the Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center on its new Latino Education Success Initiative.

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Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is primarily composed of prominent community leaders who strive for the enhancement of the Hispanic community at Arizona.

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