October being National Hispanic Heritage Month, community members and lawmakers applauded the success of programs designed to help minorities in Massachusetts.

An event held at the State House was hosted by the Black and Latino Legislative Caucus which has taken the lead on campaigns to address the needs of minorities all across the state.

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, House Speaker Bob DeLeo, Senate President Karen Spilka, and Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, were among the speakers addressing the first-ever Latinx Excellence on the Hill event.

“We have to be intentional, intentional about diversity and inclusion,” said Lt. Gov. Polito.

Legislators highlighted the accomplishments of those who have given back to their community in various ways.

Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo told 22News, “Poverty, education, healthcare, immigration, aging, housing, social justice, just to name a few.”

Black and Latino Legislative Caucus members said they will continue to empower their constituents to get involved with issues concerning them and their communities.

Tuesday’s event showed just how inclusive the Commonwealth can be. They’re hoping to make the “LatinX Excellence on the Hill” an annual event.