National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers Releases First Annual Newsletter
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PBS to Air Series About Hispanic History .
Latin Americans, a three-part, six-hour documentary series said to “chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last 500-plus years,” is expected to air nationally on PBS this fall. See http://www.hispanicmpr.com/2013/01/18/pbs-to-air-series-about-hispanic-history/
Hispanic Heritage Month Observance
The Federal Triangle Partnership, consisting of the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is pleased to announce its program commemorating National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated every year from September 15 through October 15. The 2012 National Theme is "Diversity United, Building America’s Future Today.”
This year's program will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Herbert C. Hoover Building Auditorium. The Department of Commerce is located at 1401 Constitution Ave. NW, and is accessible from the Federal Triangle Metro station on the blue/orange lines. Seating for this event is on a first come, first serve basis.
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Frances Colón, Deputy Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State. Dr. Colón also served as the Science and Environment Adviser for Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, where she was responsible for environmental and scientific issues that affected U.S. foreign policy in the Americas and vice versa. During that time, Dr. Colón coordinated climate change policy for the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, which President Obama announced in 2009. In 2011, the Spanish government selected her for the “Young U.S. Hispanic Leaders Program,” representing the State Department’s science and technology priorities abroad. Dr. Colón earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2004 from Brandeis University and her B.A. in Biology in 1997 from the University of Puerto Rico.
The Mistress of Ceremonies will be Maria Cardona. Ms. Cardona is a Principal at the Dewey Square Group (DSG) and Latinovation as well as a seasoned Democratic Strategist, and CNN/CNN en Español Political Contributor. She is a public affairs and communications professional with more than 18 years’ experience in the political, government, public relations, campaign, community and coalition building arenas. Previously, she was a senior vice president for the New Democrat Network, and before that, the communications director for the Democratic National Committee. Cardona spent five years at the Department of Commerce, first as Deputy Press Secretary to Secretary Ronald H. Brown, and later as Press Secretary to Secretaries William Daley, and Mickey Kantor.
If you are unable to attend the observance in-person, you may be able to view the event remotely using Virtual Teleconference Technology (VTC). If your agency has VTC capabilities, please refer a point of contact to address technical issues to the contact person listed below.
This program is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to (202) 482-4481 or TTY (202) 482-2030 as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made.
If you have any other questions about this program, please contact Cristina Bartolomei, Office of Civil Rights at (202) 482-8183, email@example.com.
The 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month theme nomination proposal is now open for submission by all.
The Affordable Care Act includes several provisions that are expected to significantly improve health outcomes for Latinos. New estimates from RAND suggest that 5.4 million Latinos who would otherwise be uninsured will gain coverage by 2016 through the expansion of Medicaid eligibility and the creation of Affordable Insurance Exchanges. Many other valuable benefits, including coverage for young adults and preventive services without cost-sharing, are already in effect and benefiting Latinos across the country.
Excelencia in Education informative video on Latino College completion titled "Ensuring American Future by Increasing Latino College Completion." See the video here: http://www.edexcelencia.org/EAF/Sectors
The National Conference of State Legislatures issued a "Latino Education and Workforce" and a "Trends in Latino College Access and Success" 50-state interactive maps. You can see the interactive features here: http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/educ/latino-education-and-workforce-50-state-map.aspx and here http://www.edexcelencia.org/EAF/Sectors
The poverty rate for Hispanics was 28.2% in 2010, higher than it was for blacks, non-Hispanic whites or Asians, and higher than the official poverty rate for Hispanics, 26.7%, reported by the Census Bureau.
Driven by a single-year surge of 24% in Hispanic enrollment, the number of 18- to 24-year-olds attending college in the United States hit an all-time high of 12.2 million in October 2010.
The 2010 U.S. Census counted 3.7 million Hispanics living in Puerto Rico. This was down from 3.8 million in 2000. By contrast, in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, the population of Puerto Rican-origin Hispanics increased from 3.4 million in 2000 to 4.6 million in 2010, surpassing Puerto Rico’s Hispanic population.