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History of the Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board

The Miami-Dade County Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board (HAAB) was established by Ordinance No.92.41PDF in May 1992, at the request of Commissioner Alex Penelas.

The membership of the HAAB reflects the diverse culture and ethnic backgrounds represented in Miami-Dade County so that the concerns of the Hispanic community are addressed by its members.

The HAAB’s responsibilities include: promoting positive images of Hispanics and their many contributions to society, serve as a medium for responsible persons to utilize and consult in an attempt to understanding and solving the many complex issues affecting the Hispanic community in Miami-Dade County.

Mission

As established by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners to improve the quality of life of Hispanic citizens – to identify and monitor the needs and/or interests of Hispanic citizens, develop programs addressing such issues, encourage involvement of Hispanics in matters of community concerns, support the development of Hispanics in leadership roles, and recommend to the Board of County Commissioners legislation supporting Hispanic issues.

In support of its mission, the Board’s primary activities include hosting educational television and radio programs on issues of concern to the Hispanic community; information and referral services; networking fairs; public forums; and the development and implementation of special projects and signature events celebrating Hispanic Heritage month.

Among them, the Hispanic Art Expressions Exhibit showcasing the richness of the Hispanic culture through painting and sculpture; and the Hispanic Role Model and Future Leader of the Year Award Luncheon established to recognize Hispanics who have contributed to the enhancement and development of business, culture, education, press and/or the arts in our community. Both events are hosted in October.

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