Commission of Equity and Opportunity Oct 2016 Newsletter

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National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th through October 15th. During the month of September, the Commission on Equity and Opportunity (CEO) recognized the contributions and presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the state of Connecticut.
The Hispanic Forever Stamp Exhibit was displayed in the Legislative Office Building Concourse from September 6th – 30th, 2016. The first stamp specifically to honor a Hispanic American was issued in 1903. Since then many stamps have been issued to honor Hispanics and their contributions.  If you would like to view the collection, The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps lists all U.S. postage stamps and provides useful information, including illustrations, visit the Postal Store at
On September 7, 2016 at the CT State Capitol Brazilian-American community leaders, local and state dignitaries and members of the Commission on Equity and Opportunity (CEO) successfully celebrated the 13th Annual Brazilian Independence Day Celebration & Flag Raising Ceremony.
The Commission on Equity & Opportunity (CEO) unveiled the latest U.S. Postal Stamp honoring famed teacher Jaime Escalante, the East Los Angeles teacher known for using unconventional methods to inspire inner-city high school students to master calculus, at a reception in the Legislative Office Building (LOB) on September 15, 2016.  The Escalante Stamp was on display at the LOB Lower Concourse from September 15th – September 30th, 2016.
The national flag of Mexico was raised at the CT State Capitol Building in Hartford on September 16, 2016 to celebrate Mexico's Independence. This honor was in recognition of the citizens and residents of Mexican ancestry living in Connecticut and for their invaluable contributions to the economy and to the cultural diversity of Connecticut and the region. Members of the Mexican community and public officials offered remarks; a musical performance by Mariachi México Antiguo and a reception followed the flag rising.
On September 24, 2016, the Commission on Equity and Opportunity (CEO) recognized 12 Connecticut Latino students for their academic achievements. Each scholar received a proclamation from the Connecticut General Assembly, a certificate and an $800 scholarship award from the Commission.

Mayor Toni Harp was in attendance and welcomed the CEO and guests to the City of New Haven. The keynote speaker was the Honorable Juan Candelaria, State Representative from New Haven.  Also in attendance were Representatives Minnie González Majority Whip, Edwin Vargas, Hilda Santiago and Minority Leader Themis Klarides.  CEO Board members - Commissioners Alphonse Wright, Dr. Dennis Canterbury, Danny Torres, Chris Soto and Emanuela Palmares who served as the Mistress of Ceremonies.

We wish to thank our sponsors:  Eastern Connecticut State University, Central Connecticut State University’s Foundation, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, the Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges, the Connecticut Hispanic Democratic Caucus, AARP and Dressler Law Offices for making this year's scholarship award ceremony possible. To see more pictures from the award ceremony visit our face book page..
The Commission on Equity and Opportunity would like to bring awareness and remind everyone to take steps to detect the disease in its early stages and to encourage others to do the same.

CEO’s long-time friend, Maggie Gardner, Founder of Gardner’s House Inc. will behosting the 5th Annual Pretty in Pink Ball, a celebration to honor those who have been affected by cancer and their families on October 15, 2016 at 7:00pm at Vibz Uptown Banquet Hall, 3155 Main Street Hartford, CT. Pretty In Pink Flyer. You can also sign up and walk the BREAST CANCER WALK with Gardner's House Inc. on October 16, 2016 at 9am at Bushnell Park in Hartford, CT. View flyer.
The Connecticut General Assembly (CGA) approved a great deal with Sikorsky Aircraft, which has made its home in Stratford since 1929, to remain in the state until at least 2032. The Sikorsky CH-53K is a large, heavy-lift cargo helicopter currently being developed by Sikorsky Aircraft for the United States Marine Corps! This deal will positively impact Connecticut’s job market for years to come! 

CEO's Executive Director, Subira Gordon received a Power of Pink Award from Susan G. Komen for her work on the State’s Community Profile which focuses on health disparities in breast cancer treatment and diagnosis.   
The CT US Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (CT USDA NRCS)/Farm Service Agency (FSA) hosted Diversity Day September 7, 2016.  Employees came together to learn about the Asian American Pacific Islanders’ cultures, celebrate and understand that the population is changing.  Diversity Day celebrates diversity, inclusion, and promotes equal opportunity with minority groups (people with disabilities, women, Hispanics, AAPI, Black/African Americans, LGBT, and Veterans) in the workplace.
Get tips on planning for college and personal advice on ways to make attending college more affordable.  Students and their parents receive one-on-one, expert advice on how to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). During the month of October between the hours of 1:00 PM. to 4:00 PM., professional financial aid personnel will assist high school seniors and their families. Spanish speaking translators will be on site. Students are strongly urged to register in advance at one of eleven sites throughout Connecticut.  For a list of sites and dates and to register visit:
The First Lady recently launched Up Next, a Better Make Room mobile messaging campaign that gives students and families free personalized support on all things college—college search and application, federal student aid, even student loan repayment—all through texting.
Students are prompted to respond to questions that help tailor campaign content appropriate to their stage of education. The content continues to adapt to students based on their responses to ongoing automated texts. The program contains embedded images and video and provides opportunities for students to ask personal questions and receive one-on-one college advising.
Visit:… or text “COLLEGE” to 44044.

Integration into American society has been easier for some Hispanics than for others. For insight regarding this rapidly growing ethnic minority group and advice on how policymakers can ease the adaptation process for immigrants, a panel of experts share their thoughts and ideas visit:
Simsbury, CT Police Department Hiring
Application deadline extended through 10/21/2016
(860) 658-3100
submit applications
The Forum
October 8, 2016

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Trinity College, Mather Hall, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT
Hosted by State Representative Brandon McGee, Trinity College, and Community Partners
Contact Information:

Want to be politically involved, don’t know where to start or who to contact? The Forum 2016 is an innovative event that will answer these questions and more. Join the CEO at this important event and get the knowledge you need to engage in CT's legislative process and create sustainable change in your community. link to a pdf of the event flyer -Register now for The Forum!
How We Can End Our Pandemic of Gun Violence
October 8, 2016

8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Ave, Hartford, CT
Workshops include:
Gun Violence Prevention: Connecticut & Federal Policies, Racism and New Strategies for Policing in Urban America, Preaching/Teaching about Gun Violence in the Faith Community, Suicide and Guns
Information -
100 Men of Color Black Tie Gala & Awards
October 14, 2016

7:00 PM
166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT
 / 860.987.5900
Or Visit:
Free Dental Clinic – Inner City Dental Mission 
October 15, 2016
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Doors open at 6:30 AM)
500 Albany Avenue, Hartford, CT 06120
Cleanings, X-Rays, Exams, Fillings, Extractions, Emergency Treatments
Information - (860) 249-9625
Information Session: CT Full or Certificate of Employability (Provisional Pardon)
October 17, 2016
6:00 PM
CT Pardon Team Inc.
500 Main Street - Harford Public Library - Hartford, CT 06103
Information - - (860)823-1571
Forum:  Being Puerto Rican in Connecticut
 October 18, 2016

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Central Connecticut State University, Constitution Room
1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT 
 Real Stories, Real Conversation, Real Truth Forum - A Conversation with Connecticut Activist: Being Puerto Rican in Connecticut.  Panelists will discuss key issues facing Puerto Ricans in CT.  Each will bring their own personal and professional vantage points to the conversation. To register a group to this event please use the following form:
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Civil Rights Forum
 October 21, 2016

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Federal Reserve Plaza, 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA
 The forum aims to advance the presence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the Northeastern region in numbers and in prominence and will provide the community with a broad range of learning experiences towards advancing AAPI civil rights and liberties. Register online at
10th Annual Leadership Banquet : Journey to a New Life: The Refugee Experience
October 22, 2016
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
15 Farm Springs Road, Farmington, CT 
Hosted by: The Muslim Coalition of Connecticut
Contact Mukhtar Suleiman at 860-966-8041
MCCT's mission is to promote American Islamic values through education,
outreach, and community service.
2016 US-Africa Business Conference - Networking Reception 
November 3, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
 The MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies -Yale University
34 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, CT
 United States and Africa Development Organization (USAADO)
 US-Africa Trade: The Business of Arts, Culture and Entertainment
 Focus: The Role of Arts, Culture and Entertainment Industry in advancing Economic Development
Registration now open at
2016 US-Africa Business Conference
November 4, 2016
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Gateway Community College
20 Church Street, New Haven, CT
 United States and Africa Development Organization (USAADO)
 US-Africa Trade: The Business of Arts, Culture and Entertainment
 Focus: The Role of Arts, Culture and Entertainment Industry in advancing Economic Development
 Registration now open at
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