The Virginia Latino Advisory Board (VLAB) was created to recognize the importance
of the contributions of Latinos in Virginia, to advise and inform the Governor
on issues facing Latino constituents, and to advocate for Latino interests.
Latinos in Virginia are native-born U.S. citizens
from all parts of the country, and foreign-born residents from all over the
world. Virginia's Latino community represents a diversity of cultures
and languages, unique needs and skills, countless contributions, and endless
potential for the Commonwealth.
The mission of the VLAB is to serve
these Virginians who enrich our state and to call upon government officials,
local communities, and all constituents to take part in the positive changes
that are making Virginia an even better place to live.
According to the latest U.S. Census, the Latino community comprises approximately 6% of Virginia's population. In fact, Latinos are among the fastest- growing ethnic groups in the state, with native-born U.S. citizens coming here from all parts of the country, and foreign-born residents coming from all over the world. Their wide range of skills and diverse cultures brings endless potential to the Commonwealth.
It's a potential both Governor McDonnell and the Secretary of the Commonwealth embrace.