Nexos Looks at Latino Vote in 2016 Presidential Election

Now that Super Tuesday and the North Carolina presidential primary are over, how will the 2016 presidential candidates attract or fail to attract Latino/a voters in the general election this November?

Dr. David Leal, professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin, and Federico Rios, program director of Elementary School Services at Communities in Schools of Charlotte Mecklenburg, will lead a public conversation about Latino votes in the presidential campaigns on Thursday, Mar. 31.

Nexos: The 2016 Presidential Election and the Latino/a Vote will be held at UNC Charlotte Center City (320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte 28202). Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and the program will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception at 6:30 p.m.  The event is open to the public without charge. But RSVPs are requested. Complimentary parking is available at lots directly across East 9th and directly across Brevard streets from UNC Charlotte Center City.

Leal is a widely known scholar of Latino/a politics, and Rios is a specialist who works closely with undocumented minors who attend Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Nexos is a collaboration between UNC Charlotte’s Department of Political Science and Public Administration and the university’s Center for the Study of the New South.

Among questions open for discussion are political exclusion, difficulty in voting, racism, candidates’ language describing immigrants and more. The event also will look specifically at how candidates campaigned in North Carolina and what it means for the general election in November.

This conversation is supported in part by a grant from the Chancellor’s Diversity Challenge Fund. For more information, visit

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