As the Chairwoman of the Miami-Dade County Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board (HAAB), I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our website.
The Miami-Dade County HAAB was created by former Miami-Dade County Commissioner and Mayor Alex Penelas in May 1992. It was created to serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of County Commissioners and the County Administration on matters pertaining to the Hispanic community of Miami-Dade County. In addition to its duties, the board and its staff assist constituents with their every day issues.
The Miami-Dade County HAAB has worked hard to improve the quality of life of Hispanics in Miami-Dade County. The board has had many accomplishments during its eighteen years of tenure, but it keeps working hard to focus on issues that affect the Hispanic constituents in Miami-Dade County.
The main duty of our Board is to serve in an advisory capacity to the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners. As such, we try to find pressing issues and concerns that affect the Miami Dade County Hispanic community and relate them to the Commission.
In the last eleven years the board incorporated among its duties, a very important factor: the richness of the Hispanic culture. The board started a yearly cultural signature event to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. In spite of the many differences that exist among the diverse Hispanic groups in Miami-Dade County we have been very successful in bringing unity among a diverse group of local talented Hispanic artists.
The "Hispanic Art Expressions Exhibit" was born in year 2000; it involves Hispanic artists in our community. They are able to showcase the richness of our culture through paintings and sculptures. The exhibit is displayed in different areas of Miami-Dade County during the month of October in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Check our facebook page for current information, activities and workshops.
We prepare an annual report that measures how effective we have been in recognizing issues and concerns that affect the Hispanic community. It demonstrates how well we interact with other groups in Miami-Dade County. I invite you to contact us whenever your needs arise and we will make a great effort to answer your questions or refer you to the proper institution to get your matter resolved. Let's continue to work together to make Miami-Dade County a better place to live!
Magali R. Abad
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