Regis University launches program to foster communication, connections

March 04, 2019


Regis University is launching a monthly meeting for the Latino community to share ideas and information with Colorado Gov. Jared Polis headlining the inaugural luncheon at 11:30 a.m., March 8, at the University’s Northwest Denver Campus.

The event, which is open to the public, costs $20.25 and includes a buffet lunch. The site for reserving a seat is at www.latinosatthetable.eventbrite.com. Attendance is limited to the first 100 who sign up. 

Latinos at the Table will provide space for community members, business leaders and Latino allies to gather in an atmosphere of mutual respect, friendship and care for the community. Nicki Gonzales, vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Regis, will emcee Friday’s session. 

“We hope this monthly opportunity to gather together will foster ways to address some of our society’s greatest concerns, particularly those issues that are most pressing for Latino/a people,” Gonzales said.

Regis University President the Rev. John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J., will introduce Polis, who will address several of his legislative priorities, including education, health care and renewable energy. A brief Q&A session will follow.

"Thank you to Regis University and Latinos at the Table for inviting me to discuss our shared priorities," said Gov. Polis. "I'm looking forward to working together with the Latino community to build a Colorado For All, where everyone has a chance to succeed regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, or country of origin."

Former Denver City Council member Rosemary Rodriguez and educator Nita Gonzales will facilitate the Q&A session. Rodriguez is the executive director of Together We Count, which works to ensure a fair and accurate 2020 Census count in Colorado. Nita Gonzales, who owns Nuevo Amanecer LLC, a business consulting firm, is a nationally recognized educational leader with decades of experience in community activism. 

Nicki Gonzales, also an associate professor of history at Regis, is a member of History Colorado’s first State Historians Council. Her research interests include the Chicano Movement in Colorado and the American Southwest. 

The luncheon will be held at the Mountain View Center in St. Peter Claver, S.J., Hall. Parking is available in Lower Lot 4, which is accessed from Lowell Blvd. near W. 52nd Ave. There is a small parking fee.

Established in 1877, Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit Catholic tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. One of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, Regis has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs and extensive online program offerings with more than 11,000 enrolled students. For more information, visit www.regis.edu.