About Us

El Concilio Is A Non-Profit, Community-Focused Organization That Seeks To Help Latino Residents Support Their Families, Contribute To Society And Appreciate Their Cultural Significance In The Region.​

Our Mission

A thriving Latino community, equipped to preserve distinct cultural identities within the broader community.

Our Vision

El Concilio enables and promotes the prosperity of the Latino Community.

Our Values

Respect for Human Dignity
Service and Leadership
Authentic Collaborations
Education and Entrepreneurship
Respect for Diverse Cultural Traditions
Embrace Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

For more than 30 years the Hispanic American Council — a non-profit, community organization has sought to serve the Latino community in the greater Kalamazoo.  As a liaison between potential clients and service agencies, the Council seeks to meet the needs of a special population often hindered by language barriers, cultural differences, and unfamiliarity with service agencies and institutions.

Throughout the programs and services offered, the goal of the Council is to assist Hispanics in attaining self-sufficiency and a higher level of social and economic well-being.  The Council also strives to nourish and encourage the diverse cultural heritage of the Hispanic population.

The Hispanic American Council has been advocating and providing culturally sensitive services for Hispanics since 1981.  In the early 1970’s, a group of Hispanics affiliated with St. Joseph’s Catholic Church met regularly to recite the rosary and discuss issues affecting the Hispanic community.

 

When an elected official made a public “racial remark” this group organized into The Spanish-Speaking Steering Committee to educate the community about Hispanics, their needs, and their contributions to Kalamazoo.  This committee grew into the Hispanic American Council and became a 501(c)3 organization in January 1981.

On November 2nd of 2017, El Concilio becomes the new official name of the Hispanic American Council – El Concilio will continue serving the Latino community of greater Kalamazoo and partners.

 

Board of Directors

President: Luis Garcia

Vice-President: Lissette Mira-Amaya

Secretary: Jeremy Sabella, PhD

Treasurer: Emiliano Cortez

Nivia Marquis

Robert Ezell

Maria Diaz

Becket J. Jones

Robert Flecher, PhD

Our Staff

Adrian Vazquez
Executive Director

Flor Roman
Office Manager

Rosendo Zuniga
AARP Staff

Hernan Varilla
AARP Staff

Annual Reports

Budget Annual Report: PDF file

Service Annual Report: PDF File