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Mission Statement
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The mission of the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs is to work toward economic, social, political and legal equality for Oregon´s Hispanic population.
 
We serve as advocates for Latino youth, children, and adults. We want them to have the same opportunities to succeed in school, receive equal health and social services, and we want them to be treated equally through the judicial system.

The Commission is authorized by Oregon Revised Statute 185.310 - 185.330 to:
  1. Monitor existing programs and legislation designed to meet the needs of Oregon’s Hispanic population.
  2. Identify and research problem areas and issues affecting the Hispanic community and recommend actions to the Governor and the Legislative Assembly, including recommendations on legislative programs.
  3. Maintain a liaison between the Hispanic community and government entities.
  4. Encourage Hispanic representation on state boards and commissions.
  5. Hold meetings to conduct its business.
 

History of the Commission
1971 - Commission on Chicano Affairs
Created to address the needs and concerns of migrant workers. Governor Tom McCall appointed 15 members to work with a ten thousand-dollar grant from the Oregon Department of Human Resources to identify Hispanic concerns, educate themselves on policy and policy making, and seek methods for improving working conditions and community relations for Oregon's Hispanic population.

1981 - Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs
Created by Governor Vic Atiyeh with nine appointed members.

1983 - Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs
The Commission on Hispanic Affairs was created by the 1983 Legislative Assembly to work for the implementation of economic, social, legal, and political equality for Hispanics in Oregon. The Commission monitors existing programs and legislation to ensure that the needs of Hispanics in Oregon are met. The Commission researches problems and issues and recommends appropriate action, maintains a liaison between the Hispanic community and government entities, and encourages Hispanic representation on state boards and commissions. See the Oregon Blue Book for more information about the history of the Commission.