Latinos will soon be a majority in many cities across the U.S., yet the numbers of Latino leaders continue to lag across sectors as compared with other groups. This inequitable distribution of power acts to limit the voice and presence of Latinos in decision making.
The group of authors in this section focus on the importance of investment in Latino leadership, and the obstacles that limited language access presents in moving toward racial equity for immigrant families. New policies to advance language access, bilingual staff provision, and plans for spaces to celebrate Latino history and culture emerge as actions to facilitate more equitable cities.
1. Can you identify 2-3 ways that your community is working toward the preservation, development and promotion of Latino culture? What about Afro-Latino's? What is one way that this can be improved in your community?
2. In her essay, Tanya González states that communities should have a plan for immigrant integration as a guide for immigrants to share their cultures, and integrate and contribute to society. What considerations do you think might facilitate this two-way process of integration in your community?
3. Think of an organization you are part of or work for, what are 1-2 ways for that organization to institutionalize linguistically and culturally accessible services?
Latinos find job choices are both limited and limiting
Nancy Rivera, The Los Angeles Times (August 7, 1983)
Afro-Latino: A deeply rooted identity among U.S. Hispanics
Gustavo López and Ana Gonzalez-Barrera, Pew Research Center (March 1, 2016)
Irene Bloemraad, Anna Korteweg, and Gökçe Yurdakul (April 3, 2008)
Foreign-born population has increased rapidly in Virginia
Laura Kebede, Richmond Times-Dispatch (March 5, 2014)
Language Access Assessment and Planning Tool for Federally Conducted and Federally Assisted Programs
JFederal Coordination and Compliance Section Civil Rights Division U.S. Department of Justice (May 2011)
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