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Aurora advisory boards seeking new members

Updated: November 12, 2012 11:49AM

AURORA — The city is seeking volunteers to serve on committees that help promote Hispanic and African-American culture in the community.

The Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board and African-American Heritage Advisory Board are non-partisan, community-based panels. The two boards each host an annual community awards breakfast as well as other community events, including El Dia de los Ninos, Fiestas Patrias, the African-American Youth Leadership Conference, Juneteenth and Kwanzaa.

The Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board’s mission is to educate the public about how Hispanics helped shape the city; instill Hispanic pride by honoring those who have made a difference in the community; and support activities geared toward cultural events. The African-American Heritage Advisory Board’s mission is to provide education to the community through the history of African-American culture; act as a bridge between the African-American population and other communities; and emphasize the contributions of African-Americans to the city.

Residents interested in volunteering do not have to be of Hispanic or African-American descent to serve on the boards. Individuals should demonstrate dedication to the city, work or own a business in Aurora or be a member of a local community organization that serves Aurora residents. Members are appointed by the mayor.

The Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board meets at 4:15 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at City Hall, 44 E. Downer Place. The African-American Heritage Advisory Board meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at 19 S. Broadway Ave.

Residents interested in applying to become board members should call the City’s Community Services Department at 630-256-3400 or e-mail Sara Townsend at

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