Happy 2nd Birthday HTM

Has it been two years?

It’s hard to believe that I began HTM over two years ago this month. The last year was filled with change and new realities. Our move to Madison, Wisconsin from Cincinnati, Ohio was the biggest event of the year for me and my family. Not surprisingly, many of the same issues facing Latinos in Ohio are just as prevalent in Wisconsin – and in some cases – more so. The politics in Wisconsin these days is very interesting to say the least. Anyway, I’m just starting to get acclimated to my new surroundings and have already made some contacts within the community.

The big news over the last year (for me at least) was the census results. And while everyone knew the final numbers would be significant, no one I think realized how significant the growth in the Latino population would be in 10 years. We now know. Latinos are impacting all aspects of the United States: education, economics, business, culture, and many more aspects of American life. Yet, we also know there remain huge barriers and challenges for us a community.

As I enter the third year of HTM, I often ask myself – what’s my role? How am I adding to the dialogue? Frankly, I think my role is still evolving.

I started HTM as a way to capture trends and news occurring in the Latino workforce. However, I think HTM has grown to capture much more about our community. With this in mind, I’ve been working on reevaluating the purpose and mission of this site. Most of it has been “behind the scenes” getting input from those who I follow via Twitter and Facebook, as well as those that read my blog. They’ve been very helpful in getting me focused. Many thanks to my online communty and close friends!

In the coming weeks, you’ll begin to see some changes in HTM. Some will be subtle – others not so much. The biggest change will be a new site design that I hope will merge my “online footprint” a bit more. I’m also working on some long-term research and writing projects that have been on the back burner for a few months.

So here’s to another great year – it promises to be an exciting one.  I do appreciate you dropping in over the last 24 months – and please keep coming back!

My sincerest thanks to all of you!

Miguel