Committees

COMMITTEE DESCRIPTIONS

Education and Workforce Development

The VLAB Education and Workforce Development Committee examines the importance of education and workforce development in supporting Latino communities across Virginia.  By working with early childhood, K-12 systems, higher education, and workforce development agencies in all regions of the Commonwealth, the committee works to promote greater educational attainment and equity, and stronger pathways to economic opportunity.

Business

The VLAB Business Committee examines the role of Latino businesses in the Virginia economy and considers ways to increase the economic prosperity of Latinos in the workforce.  The Committee works with Latino business owners and leaders across the state to help Latino-owned or Latino-focused businesses grow, and works to promote the importance and influence of Latinos as consumers and business leaders. 

Health

The VLAB HealthCommittee examines the health of Latino communities across Virginia and works to craft recommendations and policies that are sensitive to the needs and concerns of those communities. By working with health providers, and federal, state, and local partners, the committee promotes policies and practices that address the need to increase the numbers of insured Latinos and to encourage health and wellness.  

Civic Engagement

The VLAB Civic Engagement Committee examines strategies for strengthening relationships between Latino communities and all Virginians.  The committee promotes practices that are central to civic participation, including voting and voter registration, leadership, and service on state boards and commissions.  The committee also works with community partners to improve communication among Latino communities and state government and to raise awareness about issues of importance to Latino communities. 

Housing

The VLAB Housing Committee will address the issue of communicating with the greater community on where and how to apply for assistance, how to navigate through the requirements and regulations, and recommending community support organizations. The main issues surrounding housing within the Latino community are lack of funding and rental credit assistance, limited number of homeless shelters, lack of support for trailer park residents, and lack of permanent affordable housing.