Black in America/Black in Latin America on PBS tonight delves into the history of African-Americans in Latin America. As the preview notes, most of our perspective regarding the African American experience centers on the United States and Europe. We fail to recognize that there is a long history of African Americans south of the border and in the Caribbean. The series is hosted by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
This is an insightful article from Hispanic Outlook magazine regarding the under-representation of Latinos in higher education. While some progress has been made, it’s really been insignificant. Even during my college days at the University of Texas at El Paso, a student body with a 70+ percent student body, less than 10% of faculty was Hispanic. I think the total number of Hispanic professors during my undergraduate and graduate studies totaled two. Zero Hispanic professors for my doctorate.
We focus much of our efforts in getting Latinos through the educational pipeline and into college, yet we don’t focus on assuring there’s a supportive community for them once they arrive – at all levels of the college environment. And while administrative representation, support services, and other resources are important for Latinos in higher education, just as important is the representation of Latino faculty. The lack of Latino academic representation means students are not able to interact with faculty that understand their background and experiences. And sadly, Latino professors are not able to share their experiences with Latino students.
Following more of today’s “media heavy” posts, here’s a nice piece from Univision showcasing the Latino market. You’re probably familair with this video format - an impressive view of the world’s 15th largest market. Enjoy! (h/t Giovanni Rodriguez).
Another telling graphic from the WSJ (via Google Maps) showing the change in Hispanic population growth. Darker green indicates at least 50% growth. Check out more data details via the interactive graphic.
Another reason why the Dream Act must be passed.
Great article today in the Washington Post about Juan Gomez, a Georgetown senior with an offer to work on Wall Street. However, Juan also faces deportation back to Columbia - a place Juan hasn’t seen since he was 2 years old.
A good friend of mine, Jason Riveiro, is running for City Council here in Cincinnati. And while my schedule lately has not allowed me to support his activities, I ‘m so proud of his commitment to Latinos in Cincinnati and all he’s done to support our community.
Jason is the first Latino candidate to run for a City office here in Cincinnati so once again he’s blazing a trail for other Latinos to follow. I had the great opportunity to interview Jason on an HTM podcast last year.
Please support his candidacy by visiting his campaign website.
Check out an interesting discussion (podcast) on the role of white males in advocating for organizational diversity. This is a unique perspective and discussion from the CEO of DiversityInc. What’s fascinating is the role non-minority indivuals can play in advocating for a more inclusive workplace. It’s unusual to have these discussions from a “majority” perspective – and one that often lead to misunderstandings if not approached objectively. Enjoy!
One key demographic factor that’s often overlooked from the census results and the growth of the Hispanic population is age. According to the Salud Today Blog, aging Latinos will be a significant social factor in a few years. The Latino population ages 65 and up will increase by 224% by the year 2050. Hence, there is new a study on the Latino Age Wave by Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP). The study highlights data and trends related to aging Latinos and their needs. Great data and other information related to the Hispanic workforce.