In this issue of Alianzas News, MU Extension Specialists (and Alianzas Ambassadors) Elizabeth Warner and Idalia McNulty share their tips for successful program outreach across cultures.
You’ll also notice something a little different about this edition. It features two language, English and Spanish, side by side. We think you may be surprised how quickly you’ll be able to identify words and phrases in your non-native language when you see them right next door!
Discover our friends and long-time partners at the MU Cambio Center, an interdisciplinary research effort that focuses on best practices for welcoming immigrants into our communities. Read about the 2015 Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) conference. Find information about the new Alianzas Ambassadors representing each Missouri Extension region.
What does it mean to be intercultural? Read this to find out. You’ll also find a story of persistence in the face of frustrating setbacks, how it applies to all those who bring Extension to the public, and practical ideas for reaching the Latino community in our midst.
In this issue, you’ll learn the story of an Extension specialist who wasn’t looking for her next challenge yet, but it found her anyway. Find out how she revived a dead program by fostering new relationships and taking Extension’s message to the heart of the Latino community. You’ll also find out how Gerardo developed a secret Sri Lankan talent!
Read a MU Extension success story about a woman named Olivia whose life course was changed by Extension classes in the southwest region. Gerardo Martinez’s thoughts on the recent annual MU Extension conference.
Do you wonder how you and your colleagues can connect with Latinos in your region? Or maybe you find the idea intimidating, and are not sure where to start. Here are ideas and tips for you, straight from a MU Extension specialist who is making it happen in her region.
Alianzas (Alliances), a program of University of Missouri Extension and the UMKC Institute for Human Development, is happy to announce a new resource for Extension staff seeking to broaden their outreach to Hispanics and Latinos. Gerardo R. Martinez joined Alianzas as Program Coordinator on June 18, bringing a wealth of experience working with both the Hispanic/Latino community and MU Extension programming.
A true American hero, Cesar Chavez was many things a civil rights activist, and farm labor leader; a community organizer and social entrepreneur; a champion of nonviolent social change; an advocate for the environment and consumer rights, a cultural icon, and a beacon of hope for many.
The purpose of this Resource Guide, which consists of five sections, is to support cultural inclusion in the state of Missouri by assisting University of Missouri Extension personnel to respond to the changing demographics in Missouri. University of Missouri Extension personnel can build bridges between diverse constituents, support the development of diverse communities, and understand how changing demographics offer not only challenges, but also opportunities to Missouri communities.
With the growing population of Latinos in Missouri many community programs and service providers are looking for new ways to reach and serve their new Latino constituency. A question MU Extension professionals ask a lot is, “Where and how can I reach them?” Many Extension specialists are eager to expand programs and begin working with this growing population, but without the proper network connections or knowledge of the culture this can be a challenge.
The Innovative Small Farmer’s Outreach Project in collaboration with Alianzas, the Mattie Rhodes Center, and MU Extension has created an opportunity for those interested in starting a new farming enterprise. The workshops developed by Lincoln University Extension will help new and emerging farmers with exposure to local farms and farming practices, as well as instruction on the business side of things.
The Hispanic population’s rapid growth in Missouri means there is a need for education and an array of bilingual programs and services. The University of Missouri Extension has a wealth of programs and services that meet these needs. The focus of Alianzas website is to facilitate the integration of Latinos into the greater Missouri community through building increased capacity and connections between existing resources, service providers, and program facilitators.
Eating from the Garden (EFG), a University of Missouri Extension Program and curriculum, began about 10 years ago with the intention of combining gardening instruction and nutrition education in an effort to encourage kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. This innovative approach teaches kids about healthy eating through a hands-on and very practical skill. The programs authors saw the value of combining the wisdom of plant science with the life skills of healthy eating, and teaching it in a way that was fun for kids.
In 2004, Alianzas formed a partnership with the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, and joined communities around the nation in organizing health fairs and other related events aimed at increasing access to health care for the under served and uninsured. Over the years, several Missouri communities have participated in BHW activities. Alianzas continues to provide technical support in the organization and coordination of events across the state.