Latino Students

Latino Students

Consejo

Latino Students

Educational Improvement Organization
https://consejocounseling.org

Why is the group that you chose to research important?

Latino students make up a large population in our community which is why it is important to know about helpful resources. I chose to work on the Latino research group because I am a part of this group and I would also love to learn more about this nonprofit and share these resources with others as well.

Brief history of the educational organization that you have researched along with the purpose of the organization?

The foundation was created in 1978 and is to provide mental health support services for families. Their mission is to make everyone to feel accepted, emotionally secure, experience personal growth, and develop sense of hope.

Whom do they serve? Programs offered?

This foundation is to help people in the Hispanic and Latino community but is not limited to just this community. They strive to provide education, prevention, intervention, treatments, and support services for mental health and substance abuse as well. They have outpatient mental health programs to assist everyone of all ages to assist them have more control over lives and help any areas that need change. They have a substance use program to provide treatment services for people who are monolingual, immigrant, and low-income adults. They also have children, youth, and family services to formulate strategies to work with families to construct help services. They also offer complementary medicine programs and primary care to low-income people at no cost. They also have domestic violence programs to reach out to limited English Latinos to further intervene and prevent.They also have sexual assault referral services for adults, youth, and children. They also provide transitional housing programs because of the amount of insufficient housing resources for low income or undocumented latinos.

What could they do better?

Here are some areas of growth to extend this foundation and information to other places around the US. They should also try to have some advertisement and get the word about this organization to help more people.

Was information about the organization accessible?

Yes, I could find the information fairly easily because there are many sites that have information about this organization. They had given information about where to contact them and where they have locations.

What other organizations are doing similar work?

Here is another organization working to support this group of students. UnidosUS is a large latino non profit advocacy organization. They advocate for latino civil rights and provide resources for how to get help and support.

https://www.unidosus.org

Another organization that does work to support latino students group is CIELO. This organization offers education counseling, and advocacy services to empower others in the latino community though resources and support.

https://www.cieloprograms.org

Latino Students, LGBTQ+

Somos Seattle – Pride In Both Latinx and Queer Identities

The Importance of Visibly Queer Latinx

A banner depicting the logo of Somos Seattle
Source: Somos Seattle

Why is visibility of queer Latinx important? Not only do they have to face discrimination and harassment for their ethnicity, they also do for their sexuality or gender– even within their own homes. Latinx families are predominantly Catholic, a religion that strictly views being queer as a sin. On top of that, Latinx communities struggle with heavy gender roles and sexism, so to “break out” of the mold as a queer person is even more of a danger. Groups like Somos Seattle that celebrate being a queer Latinx can change and even save lives. This intersectionality of identities brings a complex struggle on multiple fronts, and these groups bring celebration of these identities, but also support and discussion on their struggles they face still in society today.

In a report by the UCLA Williams Institute, an estimated 1.4 million (4.3%) of U.S. Hispanic adults consider themselves part of the LGBTQ+ community. At the same time, most queer Latinx live in an area with a high concentration of other Latinx, rather than a high concentration of other LGBTQ+. Queer Latinx adults also have higher rates of unemployment than non-queer Latinx adults.

Somos Seattle – Their History and Who They Serve

Founded in 2017, Somos Seattle was created with the purpose to support and celebrate queer Latinx across the Puget Sound area. Their mission statement is thus; “Our goal is to build an active community, share resources and foster spaces for learning & growth” (somosseattle.org). UW Bothell graduate Ray Corona founded this group a few years after his graduation, and Somos Seattle has been involved in our local community ever since. Since their founding, they have created the annual Latinx Pride Festival, provided scholarships to graduating seniors of the Mukilteo School District, hosted events, celebrated stories, and the founder, Ray Corona, has received the Seattle Mayor’s Emerging Leader Award in June of 2019.

An image depicting queer Latinx of Somos Seattle dancing and celebrating in Colombia tower, wearing traditional garb with rainbow colors
Source: Somos Seattle

Programs Offered and What They Could Do Better

The biggest of their programs is their Latinx Pride Festival held annually. Celebrating their intersectionality and identities, the Festival is free to the public, and backed and sponsored by many organizations within the area, including the Ingersoll Gender Center, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and Gay City (Seattle’s local LGBTQ+ center). In terms of other programs, they offer social events, art exhibitions of local queer Latinx, discussions regarding current issues, and promotion of political activism. While still a rather new organization, having more involvement specifically in education and youth programs should be considered. Otherwise, Somos Seattle has an easy to navigate site and is heavily involved in helping the community, both in person and online. As they continue to grow and create more outreach, they will be able to help more people.

As for transparency, despite being a non-profit organization, there is little on their site showing where their funds go to. While they show their full board, it is difficult to find more information on the legal side of things. Adding these to their site also could help generate more trust with organizations and allies who may be interested in donating.

An image of a person in a dress and headpiece at Latinx Pride Festival
Source: Seattle Latinx Pride

Similar Organizations

A similar organization focused on queer Latinx is Entre Hermanos, also featured in our site. Founded in 1993, the non-profit organization helps with providing social, educational, and health support services.

In terms of other LGBTQ+ organizations in the Seattle area, Gay City is a center for queer youths, founded in 1995. They also have strong social, educational, and health support services, including STI and HIV testing.

Sources

Somos Seattle. Somos Seattle: About Us. https://www.somosseattle.org/#overview

UCLA Williams Institute. (2013, October). LGBT Latino/a Individuals and Latino/a Same-Sex Couples. UCLA Williams Institute.

[Photograph of Somos Seattle logo]. (2017). https://www.facebook.com/somosSeattle/photos/735520966614440

[Photograph of people dancing in traditional garb with rainbow colors]. (2019). https://www.facebook.com/somosSeattle/photos/1295833930583138

[Photograph of a person in traditional garb at Seattle Latinx Pride]. (2019). https://seattlelatinxpride.com/gallery

Latino Students

Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs

1. Why to choose this organization?

The commission on Hispanic affairs strives to improve public policy development and the delivery of government services to the Hispanic community. This organization has contributed a lot to improving public education and promoting equity for all students in Washington.

In the United States, Hispanic population accounts for 13%, and native Spanish speakers are the fourth largest in there. But Spanish-speaking families often experienced barriers to language access. For example, they often recieve some information from school, but Spanish-speaking parents commonly reported trouble with access to interpretation and translation. It is often the U.S. born students and those who had been in the United States
between 1-5 years who interpreted for their families most often. In addition to relying on interpreting with their parents, some students have also reported that interpreting is required between the school and other students or parents. For some people, this additional role is a challenge in their pursuit of academic success, especially when an interpreter request results in absenteeism. Worse, due to the pressure of speaking only English in school, children lost their mother tongue, which also caused a rift between parents and their children due to lack of language memory.

In order to solve this problem, CHA is dedicated to increasing cultural competency in the school environment and cultivating the diversity of school staff. CHA is promoting the legislature to pass an educational language access bill to provide training and funding for educational interpreters in all school districts. This will ensure that the interpreter is professional and effective, and minimize some barriers for parents with limited English proficiency. CHA also has some volunteers in each school to provide parent participation for families with limited English proficiency.

2. History of CHA

The Commission was established in statute in 1971 as a strong grassroots movement to improve the conditions for Latinos in the state of Washington. A substantial amount of community action leading to the creation of CHA rose out of the Yakima Valley as well as other areas with high farm worker populations. During this time, a group of Latino community advocates saw the need to take their concerns to the state in order to advocate and lobby for community development. The official creation of CHA was part of a larger history of the Chicano movement that peaked in Washington in the late 60s and early 70s.

3.Whom to serve?

As mandated by the state legislature, the Commission’s functions are to improve public policy development and the delivery of government services to the Hispanic community.

4.Areas of Focus

Economic and workforce development

Hige education & K12 education

Law & Justice

Physical, behavioral and eneviromental health

5.What could they do better?

CHA should continue to expand its ability to provide parents with information on how to navigate the school system and district policies/procedures and grade/graduation requirements.

6. Was information about the organization accessible?

Yes.

7. What other organizations are doing similar work?

Yes, like OneAmerica, the Urban League, College Bound, and Rainier Scholars.

Latino Students, LGBTQ+

Entre Hermanos – Seattle’s Latino LGBT Organization

The Importance of LGBTQ+ Latino Students

LGBTQ+ Latino Students are an important group because they don’t only face racism and discrimination because of their ethnicity and race, they also face discrimination and harrasment at schools because of their LGBTQ+ identities. Most LGBTQ+ Latino students struggle with being accepted by their own Latino community too. Because most Latinos are Catholic and in this religion being lesbian or gay (part of the LGBTQ+ community) is considered to be sinful, LGBTQ+ Latinos either decide to stay closeted or are rejected by their own Latino people. So, LGBTQ+ Latinos don’t only have to face discrimination becuase of their ethnicity or harrasment at school for their LGBTQ+ identities, they also have a high chance of also facing the same from family and friends.

Entre Hermanos – Their Mission & Who They Serve

Entre Hermanos is an organization who serves LGBT Latinos. Their mission is to promote the health and well-being of LGBT Latinos and Latino questioning community in a culturally appropriate environment. This includes: disease prevention, education, support services, advocay, and community buillding (entrehermanos.org).

Brief History of Entre Hermanos

Entre Hermanos is an organization in Seattle, WA that came to be by a group of LGBT Latinos/as in the spring of 1991. By December 1992, this group organized and carried out activities in cooperation with the Washington Latino AIDS Coalition. In April 1993, the group functioned independently and that same year Entre Hermanos affiliated itself with People of Color against AIDS (POCAAN). Then, towards the end of 2001, Entre Hermanos received a charter by the State of Washington to operate as a nonprofit organization. Ever since then, Entre Hermanos has continued to grow and is going into it’s 27th year of service to the Latino LGBTQ community (entrehermanos.org).

Programs Offered by Entre Hermanos & What They Could Do Better

Entre Hermanos offers programs involving: HIV prevention, living with HIV, advocacy and civic engagement, and immigration. But I think that the organization could include programs involving LGBTQ+ Latino students and offering them help to further their education. Other than that, Entre Hermanos has an easy to navagate website and seems to do a great job at uplifting it’s LGBT Latino community.

Similar Organizations

A similar organization to Entre Hermanos here in the Puget Sound area is Somos Seattle.

Housing Insecurity/unsheltered/homeless, Latino Students, Low Income, Students of Color

El Centro De La Raza

El Centro de la Raza logo and picture (hawk with a guitar)

Why is the group that you chose to research important?

I chose to research organizations for students of low income/students of color, the one that caught my eye the most was El Centro De La Raza. Now the reason as to why this group specifically is important to have research for is because students of low income do not have the same access to many things that other students may have. So it is crucial that students of low income have the support and accessibility that they need for the better of their futures. As well typically students from low-income families often do not receive the stimulation or even the social skills to help prepare them for school.

Brief history of the educational organization that you have researched along with the purpose of the organization?

El Centro De La Raza was founded during the year 1972 during one of the worst recessions and worst times in Seattle following the infamous Boeing bust in the area. This is when Boeing had laid off nearly 60% of its workforce after a cut in funding, this later led to rippling effects in the local economy of Seattle. Later after a failed proposal of a different centerpiece program “WAR,” it sparked interest in a different issue at the time which eventually led to the creation of El Centro De La Raza. According to the website the overall purpose of the organizations is ” to build the Beloved Community through unifying all racial and economic sectors; to organize, empower, and defend the basic human rights of our most vulnerable and marginalized populations; and to bring critical consciousness, justice, dignity, and equity to all the peoples of the world”

Photo of all the wonderful people who work at El Centro De La Raza

Whom do they serve ?

The organization serves the community of the most vulnerable and marginalized populations within the area of Puget Sound. This includes but is not limited to students/people of low income, people/students of color, etc. With the programs that involve students, their aim is to incorporate curriculums that push social change and community. Although currently, it is only working locally here in Seattle for now.

Programs offered?

The programs offered to come in a wide variety, for instance, there is tutoring for students ages 5-12, A middle and high school educational enrichment program, a Healing circle program (Provides a safe and accepting environment for youth.), A robotics program (helps close the gaps to a stem major), José Martí Child Development Center (High quality dual-language early learning education for children ages 1-5). There are plenty more programs offered to many even adults as well.

What could they do better?

As for things that the organization can improve upon there is the overall neatness of the website there are so many things offered by the org. This is great but on certain pages, there are just tons of links that may overload anyone new to technology.

Was information about the organization accessible? Red flags?

The information about the organization was very accessible, everything there is to know about the organization and its mission can be found on a singular page with links to other parts of the website. There really weren’t any red flags about the organization, it is well organized and provides a lot for the community to work off of.

What other organizations are doing similar work?

Other organizations that do similar work to El Centro de la Raza are…..

United way of king county is a nonprofit organization that focuses on helping students graduate and breaking the cycle of poverty while bringing people together to volunteer and challenge the community’s toughest problems.

As well as the organization of Unidosus which was formally known as the national council of La Raza. It is the United State’s Largest Latino nonprofit advocacy organization. It pushes forward advocacy in favor of progressive public policy changes such as immigration reform and paves the way for citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Works cited

First image https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mountaineers.org%2Factivities%2Froutes-places%2Fel-centro-de-la-raza&psig=AOvVaw2jdjABvooOYDHKFOKw2BpU&ust=1636053559457000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCJiq6Mz0_PMCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD

Second image https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.larazanw.com%2Fnoticias%2Ftrabajos-voluntarios-en-el-centro-de-la-raza%2F&psig=AOvVaw2jdjABvooOYDHKFOKw2BpU&ust=1636053559457000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAsQjRxqFwoTCJiq6Mz0_PMCFQAAAAAdAAAAABAJ

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