Latinos For Tennessee will hold a fundraising reception Nov. 16 to support a new internship program for Austin Peay State University students who will serve with both Congress and the Tennessee General Assembly.
Guest speakers will include former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, currently dean of Belmont University’s law school; Mary Ann Gomez Orta of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute; and Hergit “Coco” Llenas of American Federation for Children.
The event will be held at The Standard at the Smith House in downtown Nashville.
Latinos For Tennessee is partnering with Austin Peay and the Washington, D.C.-based Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute to pilot the dual internship program. Participants will be Tennessee students currently enrolled at Austin Peay. Preference will be given to applicants of Hispanic descent.
“Our hope is that the program will be expanded to include other partner schools in the state, but for now we are launching this as a pilot program,” said Latinos For Tennessee coordinator Michelle Garcia.
The reception Nov. 16 will benefit the two students who will be selected for the first semester of the program. Garcia said the goal is to cover tuition, airfare, housing, transportation, books and a stipend for each of the students.
Latinos For Tennessee is a Nashville-based conservative political action group that promotes faith, family, freedom and fiscal responsibility.
Sponsors for the fundraising reception include several Republican candidates for political office. They include gubernatorial candidates Randy Boyd and U.S. Rep.
Diane Black (R-TN-6) and the Lee Company, the business of gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee. Other sponsors include state Sen. Mark Green (R-Clarksville), who is running for Congress; U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-7), who is running for Senate; and Brent Moody, who is running for the state House of Representatives.
Those planning to attend the reception should RSVP at L4TNinterns.eventbrite.com. Suggested contribution is $50. The reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Standard at the Smith House is located at 167 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard. Contact Michelle Garcia at 615-293-6141 or [email protected] with any questions.