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Each year, CLLARO honors individuals who consistently demonstrate their commitment to supporting the Latino community. Award categories include Social Justice, Education, Public Policy, and Community Service.

2016 Bernie Valdez Awards Luncheon

¡Muchas gracias a todos los participantes!

See You Next Year!


C L L A R O – Case for Support

The Latino population is growing in Colorado.  Over one million Latinos were living in Colorado in 2014, making up 21% of the total Colorado population (Pew Research Center, 2016).  However, Latinos are not being adequately represented in Colorado’s democratic process.  For example, the turnout rate among active, registered Colorado voters in the 2014 election was 71.3%, compared to 54.8% for Colorado Latinos (Latino Decisions, 2015).  Simply put, the Latino voice is not being heard.

CLLARO is here to make sure our community’s voice is heard loud and clear !


On March 13, 1964, Lena Archuleta, Charles Tafoya and Bernie Valdez joined the President and Executive Director of the United Fund to sign the first agreement in the nation between United Fund (now Mile High United Way) and a Latino 501(c)(3) organization: the Latin American Research and Service Agency (LARASA).  LARASA was established to address the needs of Latinos in education, youth motivation, job development, training and employment, health and welfare, housing, and community resources.  LARASA’s vision was to create an agency where people from all ethnic and racial groups could work together to improve the conditions under which Latinos lived.  Since our founding, our philosophy has been that when you improve the lives of Latinos, you improve the lives of all Coloradans.  In 2007, LARASA changed its name and became the Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy, and Research Organization (CLLARO).  Today, CLLARO is Colorado’s premier leadership development, public policy, and research center dedicated to strengthening Colorado’s Latino community.  CLLARO addresses the needs of Latinos in education, economic development, aging, environment, health, and social justice.

CLLARO addresses the issues that concern the Colorado Latino community the most using a system that incorporates Research, Advocacy, and Leadership.


  • Conduct research to identify & clarify issues & concerns for Colorado Latinos
  • Collect direct feedback from Latinos in Colorado


  • Publish & disseminate research findings to inform Colorado policy-makers & constituents about the Latino stance


  • Lead the discussion on Colorado policy & represent the Latino community’s unique voice
  • Train Colorado’s future Latino leaders in policy-making & civic engagement


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As CLLARO prepares to release it's policy priorities for the 2017 legislative session, we want to remind our constituency to be engaged and educated on #predatorylending. Watch this video to see how communities of color are targeted by pay day lenders and the high interest rates that come with these lending practices. How many pay day lenders are in your community compared to banks? Become part of the coalition that is working to fight predatory lending practices in Colorado! The Bell Policy Center ... See MoreSee Less

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It's a great day to support local Colorado nonprofits like the Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy & Research Organization (CLLARO)! You can donate by visiting coloradogives.org/cllaro/overview

Happy Colorado Gives Day!
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Welcome to #COGivesDay Colorado! It's going to be a great day!

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CLLARO & Generation Latino Fundraiser w/ House Speaker Duran

December 9, 2016, 6:00pm - December 9, 2016, 8:30pm

Please join House Speaker-Designate Crisanta Duran for a fundraising event to support the Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy and Research Organization (CLLARO) and Generation Latino (GL). Support two programs building the next generation of Latino leaders, the Capitol Fellowship Program (CLLARO) & Building the Bench Fellowship Program (GL). Please invite friends, family, and anyone who would be interested in attending! Appetizers and wine will be provided! Location: Denver Metro Leadership Foundation 1445 Market Street, Denver, CO 80202 Donation: Sponsor: $5,000 Host: $2,500 Co-Host: $1,000 Suggested Contribution: $50 RSVP to Paola at purgiles@gmail.com Please make checks payable to ProgressNow Colorado Education; write "Generation Latino" in memo line. GL is a project of ProgressNow. If you wish to donate online, contact Paola.

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CLLARO cordially invites the Native American Rights Fund, Denver Indian Center, Denver American Indian Commission, and Four Winds American Indian Council to join a prayer circle in support of our water protectors at Standing Rock Indian Reservation. ... See MoreSee Less

International Day of Peace for Standing Rock - Prayer Circle

December 4, 2016, 7:00am - December 4, 2016, 9:00am

Join us and others in your community on the International Day of Peace for Standing Rock to participate in a peaceful prayer circle and show your support for our Water Protectors at Standing Rock. Sunrise at 7:06 AM Cover photo courtesy of the Indigenous Environmental Network | Read more at indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/09/06/judge-temporarily-halts-dapl-construction-select-la...

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