Monthly Archives: December 2010

Dream Act: From the Ashes….

The failure of the DreamAct last week signals the start of the next phase in getting the legislation passed. The next couple years will be uncertain ones indeed. Via SignOn San Diego:

The Senate vote Saturday to toss the proposal that would have granted young illegal immigrants a route to legal status dealt a harsh blow to student activists who will face an even steeper uphill battle in the next Congress.

Immigrants see rough times ahead in the next two years, with many Republicans vowing to push for tougher immigration enforcement, but they also say Latino voters are getting fed up with lawmakers at a time when they are accruing greater political clout.

Ruben Navarrette adds this:

Who has been stringing along immigration reform advocates with promises to fix a broken system that somehow never gets fixed? Democrats. Who controls the White House and both houses of Congress and has for the last two years? Democrats. Who’s controlled Congress for the last four years, the first two under George W. Bush, who supported immigration reform? Democrats. Which party is deathly afraid of being seen as soft on illegal immigration and consistently has its most vulnerable members trying to strengthen their credentials in this regard by opposing even sensible pieces of reform legislation? Democrats.

Latino Inclusion Report

HACR just released its report to measure Hispanic inclusion strategies at all Fortune 100 and/or HACR corporate member companies, as they relate to employment, procurement, philanthropy and governance. According to the study,  a majority of Hispanics tend to be in more non-exempt than exempt level positions. Efforts to attract and retain Hispanics have improved. The Hispanic attrition rate fell 15% as compared to other ethnic groups.

Other key findings:

Procurement: For Corporate America, the biggest opportunity is investing in Hispanic owned businesses. As the report details, Hispanic spend hovers at 1% of total diversity spend goals.

Philanthropy: The Center for Philanthropy reported that contributions given by corporations rose to an estimated $14.1 billion, up 5.5%. Nearly one-third of the respondents acknowledged a contribution of 5% or less as their Hispanic give in 2009.

Governance: The results of this year’s report showed that Hispanic representation on corporate boards remained relatively flat, with Hispanics holding approximately 5% of all open board seats.

Full report can be found at the HACR website.

Black Hole 3.0

I always enjoy the posts shared by AllianceQ (recruiting Q) because they go against the conventional way of thinking. Rather than jumping on a bandwagon for recruiting ideas, they always seem to go against the grain. This posting about their thoughts on social media recruitment is no exception.

The challenge they are having is that by connecting faster, more lightly and more frequently, most are simply creating a faster, lighter and pervasive BLACK HOLE 3.0.  Following companies on Twitter, Liking them on Facebook or joining their Company Page on LinkedIn do nothing to alleviate the frustration that job seekers feel, in fact, it has great potential to make it worse..

Digging Out

November and December proved to be two hectic months! I’ll be back with you in the coming days as I finish up some classes and projects – not to mention holiday time! See you soon!

Falling Between the Cracks (Pass the Dream Act)

Ruben Navarrette’s piece provides yet another illustration of why the Dream Act needs to be passed. In this case, the college student in question (and ready for deportation) is the student body President at Cal State University, Fresno. He was brought illegally to the United States when he was three.

Student body president Pedro Ramirez is an illegal immigrant whose parents brought him to California from Mexico when he was 3. Like many others in his situation, he has no memory of living anywhere but the United States and he’s always considered this country to be his home. Ramirez has said in media interviews that he always assumed he was a U.S. citizen until his senior year in high school, when his parents told him otherwise.

It’s simple really. The DREAM Act is a fair and the right thing to do in order to provide the children of undocumented immigrants the opportunity to contribute and be productive citizens. Only politics is keeping these individuals the opportunity to pursue the American Dream.

Demographic Change in Suburbia

As noted in this piece in the Economist last week, Latino demographic trends will have far-reaching implications in politics, education, and business:

But this divide—what William Frey of the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, calls “the cultural generation gap”—is very much wider in some states and cities. In Arizona, for example, 83% of the elderly are white and 42% of those under 25 are Hispanic. This can lead to divergent priorities, such as the reluctance of the old to pay for education, or even a political eruption. This year Arizona’s anti-immigration ordinance sparked protests far beyond the state’s borders and a lawsuit from the federal government.

Such conflict may well be replicated as other places welcome (or fail to) new residents. Immigrants are increasingly dispersed, settling in areas unused to outsiders. South Carolina’s Hispanic population expanded by 116% between 2000 and 2009. South Dakota, Tennessee and Alabama also saw big jumps.