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Alumni Meet with Congressman

| July 6, 2011

Regent alumni and other local leaders meet with Congressman Rigell.
Photo courtesy of Center for Latino Leadership

Five Regent University alumni were part of a group of Latino ministers and leaders who recently met with U.S. Congressman Scott Rigell '90 (Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship) in his Virginia Beach office. The group presented issues of importance for the local Latino community and shared a time of prayer with him.

Regent alumni included: Dr. Marcela Chaván-Matviuk '06 (Communication & the Arts), director of the Center for Latino Leadership at Regent; Dr. Ramón Moran '05 (Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship), professor at Phoenix University; José González '86 (Government), president of Semilla; Italo Gil '00 (Education), pastor of New Life Providence; and Hugo Valverde '05 (Law), Valderde and Rowell PC.

"We know what is going on in the community, and many of our members are from Virginia Beach—that's why we value this time of interaction with the congressman; that's how strong communities are built," said Rev. Tony Suárez, who pastors Iglesia Pentecostal de Norfolk and organized the meeting.

"The increase of the Latino population throughout the state of Virginia is not due to immigration but to the difference between births and deaths which represents a reversal from trends during the 1990s," explained Chaván-Matviuk. "Although this growth is heavily concentrated in Northern Virginia, the fact that the commonwealth's Hispanic population rose by 92 percent from 2000 to 2010 provokes more interactions among community leaders, religious leaders and politicians."

Bishop Benito Fonseca of Eben-Ezer Church of God, who led the time in prayer, added, "We all need wisdom from God on how to go about our business, that's why we're here, to pray and present issues that need sound leadership."

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