The Council for Latino Workplace Equity (CLWE) serves as a trusted resource and platform to foster workplace equity for Latino talent. The time is now to re-examine and remove barriers that impede Latino’ achievements in the workplace.
We are committed to events and programs that foster Latino (X/a/e) workplace equity and highlight the pertinent opportunities and challenges that impact our community.
Numbers from the 2020 U.S. Census Bureau showed that 18.7% of the US population is Latina/o/x. This number is projected to almost double to 111.2 million or 27.5% of the total population in 2060 according to a 2017 estimate.
17.6% of the Latino population hold a bachelor’s degree or higher and about 8.8% have received a graduate or professional degree. Other data has demonstrated that while Hispanic workers within the U.S. labor force was reported to be 29 million in 2020, only 10.7% are represented in management positions.
2019 Bachelor's degree or higher Attainment
Latina/o/x hold bachelor’s degree or higher
2060 Population Projection
of total population is projected to identify as Latina/o/x in 2060
2020 Latinos in Management Positions
of management positions held by Latina/o/x
The Hispanic population in the United States continues to grow in influence. Significant milestones have also been underway for the educational attainment and labor force contributions. As leaders at the CLWE who are devoted to change within the community, we recognize that this is a tipping point.
Through the shared effort of all our staff, leaders and partners, we aim to not only trailblaze the research about Latino workplace equity but also to foster change through our educational segments and programming that highlight equitable best practices. We know at the CLWE that equitable representation is required at senior levels within organizations in order to set forth organizational and corporate decisions without the sole lenses of racial privilege. Our leaders’ commitment to the growth and upward mobility of our Latino community continues now!
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau 2020 and 2017 National Population Projection U.S. Department of Health & Human Services 2019; Department of Labor 2021; Unrealized Impact: The Case of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (2019)
Pictures from past Latino Leadership Conferences
The terms “Hispanic” and “Latina/o/x” are pan-ethnic terms meant to describe and characterize people of this ethnic background in the U.S. The terms are used interchangeably throughout this website.
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Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rican professional Baseball right fielder
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Daniel Zovatto, Costa Rican film actor
“I need to believe that something extraordinary is possible.”
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Sonia Sotomayor, First Latina Associate Justice of Supreme Court of the United States
“The people are the only ones capable of transforming society.”
Rigoberta Menchu, Guatemalan Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Activist
“Don’t be afraid to reach for the stars. I believe a good education can take you anywhere on Earth and beyond.”
Ellen Ochoa, First Hispanic Woman to Travel into Space
“When opportunity presents itself grab it. Hold on tight and don’t let go.”
Celia Cruz, Afro-Latina Salsa Singer
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“Help people along the way and encourage someone to believe in their magic.”
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