Partnering with Latinos/Hispanics in Missouri: A Resource Guide for University of Missouri Extension
A resource guide developed by University of Missouri Extension and the UMKC Institute for Human Development Alianzas program, offers a helpful framework for understanding Latinos in Missouri communities. The guide offers offers explanations of the variety of Latino cultures, and quick help on topic-specific Spanish language words for extension professionals to know, with pronunciation. Other sections include how to work with an interpreter, understanding family differences, and varying concepts of time, honor, gender roles, and more.
UMKC’s Center for Economic Information and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation studied the economic contributions of Missouri’s growing international immigrant population.Some of the findings include their contributions to local and state tax revenues, job and economic growth, and the positive impact on native jobs and income.
The Nation’s demographics are changing rapidly while it’s economic growth is stagnant. To get out of this economic rut America needs to use it’s growing diversity to it’s strength in three key arenas, public infrastructure, new businesses and jobs, workforce preparation. Integrating equity and diversity in the economic growth model will strenghten the direction and future of the U.S.
Neighborhoods are places where family units can thrive and have access to resources and supports that ensure success for their children. Community decision-making is a shared commitment to: achieving improved results for children, families and neighborhoods, challenging the inequities that have impacted current conditions and building local capacity and accountability to sustain improved results over time.
There are some exciting new trends in educational attainment in the Hispanic community. In 2012 sixty-nine percent of Hispanic high school graduates enrolled in college, a record high. Hispanic enrollment in college has increased since 2008 while enrollment among their white counterparts has slightly decreased. The highschool droupout rate for hispanics has decreased by half since the year 2000. Although these new enrollment trends show great strides in decreasing education gaps, Hispanics are still less likely to complete a bachelor’s degree. Read the full report put forth by the Pew Research Center.