In an effort to get acquainted with the Latino community in Madison, I had the pleasure of meeting Kent Craig, the Executive Director of Centro Hispano of Dane County (in Madison). Originally from Indiana, Kent was selected as the first non-Latino Executive Director of the center just a year ago after serving as Deputy Director for six years. His passion and dedication to the Latino community is evident.
Under Kent’s guidance, Centro Hispano’s ComVida Program was the recent recipient of the National Council of La Raza’s (NCLR) 2011 Family Strengthening Award. The program provides skills for at-risk Latino youth to succeed while ensuring that youth’s families and their community provide a healthy, supportive living environment.
Kent was very generous with his time and gave me a thoughtful and insightful overview of the issues facing Latinos in my new community. Not surprising, education was a consistent theme during our conversation.
I look forward to working with the dedicated team at Centro Hispano!