According to the Pew Research Center, 78.9% of Hispanics in Chicago report having a Mexican origin. As an ambitious, multi-part speaker series, MEX talks fosters positive discussions about Mexican identity and aims to inspire community progress.
Although still referenced as the most recent immigrants, the truth is, Mexicans have been in Chicago for more than 100 years. There is a rich cultural history, and more than an century’s worth of contributions from Mexicans that have made our great city, and the United States, what it is today.
MEX talks is an annual, one-day speakers series that explores the state of Mexicans in the city of Chicago and in the United States. Led by Mexican and Mexican-American speakers, but open to all, MEX talks highlights the Mexican community’s contribution to, full participation in, and advancement of US business, politics, education, the arts, and more.
MEX talks Today
According to the Pew Research Center, 79.8% of Hispanics in Chicago describe themselves as having a Mexican origin. Since its inception in 2013, MEX talks has grown to become Latinos Progresando’s flagship event, giving Mexican and Mexican American leaders the platform to reflect on a shared identity and share stories that inspire positive change.
Over its four-year tenure, MEX talks has convened a range of voices, including entrepreneurs, lawyers, students, teachers, and nearly everything in between. And just as the stage has been given to our most established community figures, MEX talks has expressly sought to elevate emerging leaders, whose stories haven’t yet been told.
Each year, the outcome of MEX talks is impactful and tangible. Beyond the show that is attended by over 300 professionals, students, and community residents, each talk is streamed live and, afterwards, archived on the Latinos Progresando YouTube channel for future viewing. As it continues to grow, the vision of MEX talks is to foster positive discussions about Mexican identity and to inspire community progress.