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Panel to Discuss Latino and Latina Growth in Community


Contact:Rachel Hatch

A panel comprised of community group members will discuss the growth of the Latino population in McLean County, and the social issues connected with that growth. Nuestra Comunidad: Latinos in Central Illinois, A Panel Discussion with Local Community Groups will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Jaime Escalante Room in the Hewett Hall, on the corner of Fell Ave. and Mulberry St. The event is free and open to the public. 

U.S. Census numbers show the Hispanic or Latino population has jumped from 3.3 percent in 2006 to 4.4 percent by 2010. Local community groups are aiming to address a number of social issues from the growth and – more significantly – help to build a sense of community. The panel showcases more than 10 community organizations. 

Moderator Axel Jimenez of State Farm Insurance Companies will oversee a panel consisting of Alex Cardona, State Farm Hispanic Employee Resource Organization (HERO); Ingrid Ramirez, Dilo En Espanol, WJBC; Cuca Avila, Cedar Ridge Promise Council; Yadira Ruiz, Hispanic Families Work Group; Sonny Garcia, Latinos Unidos Por Cambio; Socorro Alvarez, Hispanic Outreach Director, Western Avenue Community Center; Jason Vasquez, Illinois State University Organization of Latin American Employees (OLE); Jennifer Carrillo of Illinois State’s Lazos; Carina Gonzalez of Illinois State’s Association of Latin American Students (ALAS); Cecilia Mendoza, Illinois Wesleyan University’s (IWU) Spanish and Latino Student Association; Alex Monzon, IWU’s, Radio Latina, IWU; and Urial Saenz, Los Lobos, Illinois State.

The discussant will be Associate Professor of Psychology Rocio Rivadeneyra from Illinois State University.

The panel, part of the annual Bloomington-Normal Hispanic Heritage Month, is sponsored by the Illinois State Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program, Illinois State University Housing Services, Hispanic Families Work Group, State Farm HERO and the Illinois State Organization of Latin American Employees (OLE).

For additional information, contact Director of the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program Maura Toro-Morn at (309) 438-8290.

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