Isabel González, Olga Villa Parra and Paula González attended the Women and Religion Lecture where Ms. Parra spoke on “Mi casa es Tu Casa: Latino Beatitudes”.


The Hispanic Market

What Brings them together?

The Hispanic market is not a homogeneous market, yet Hispanics do come together in the U.S. as a group of people that shares a common identity.

The most important element that brings all Hispanics together is language. While there are significant differences in the Spanish language amongst the various Spanish speaking countries, they are just modalities of what is truly the same language. The vocabulary may vary greatly when it comes to slang, but it is essentially the same when spoken formally.

Many Hispanics segments also find commonalties in their music, food, and religion. For example, the music of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Venezuela is all very similar in nature. These segments also share very similar food. Also, due to the colonization of America by Spain under the reign of Fernando and Isabela, most Hispanics are Roman Catholic.

Is Hispanic A Race?

No! Hispanic is not a race. There are Hispanic Americans of many races including White, Black, Native Indian, and even Asian. Many residents of Latin American countries exhibit characteristics of mixed races. The features vary from country to country depending on their heritage. For example, Mexico’s strong Native Indian heritage is very apparent in the Mexican people. In contrast, Argen-tineans’ Italian and German heritage makes Argentinean Americans look more like non-Hispanic Whites. Since the great majority of Hispanic Americans come from Mexico or the Caribbean, most U.S. Hispanics do “look” different. This characteristic “look” results in the tendency to lump all Hispanics together into a new Hispanic race. The mistake is so often seen and so widespread that many Hispanics themselves now classify themselves as members of the Hispanic race. Ironically, the term did not even exist 30 years ago!

Hispanic or Latino?

The terms Hispanic and Latino are used interchangeably. The terms refer to people that live in the United States, are of Spanish or Latin American descent, and consider themselves “Hispanic” or “Latino”. While the Spanish language does identify and unite the Hispanic com-munity, there are many Hispanics that do not speak Spanish and language should not be used as a part of the term’s definition.


Goshen Adult Literacy Program

Beginning the week of January 14, 2002, Adult Conversational Spanish will be offered by the Goshen Adult Literacy Program. The cost of the classes is $80.

To receive information or a registration form, call 533-2287 and leave your fax number or your name and address. Class size are limited so register early.


Elkhart County and LaGrange County Awarded CAPE Grant Lilly Endowment Inc. awards a nearly $10 million grant

GOSHEN -­ Goshen College on behalf of the Elkhart County Community Foundation and the LaGrange County Community Foundation has been awarded a nearly $10 million CAPE (Community Alliances to Promote Education) grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. The grant will allow Goshen College and the foundations to implement several programs to address countywide educational needs, with specific emphasis on the large Hispanic and Amish populations in the counties.

Elkhart and LaGrange Counties gathered insights from over 1,200 employers, employees, parents, students, educators, and civic leaders to determine key educational needs in the region. They applied for the grant in July with the goal of establishing a Learning Generation Initiative. The focus will be on early childhood development, adolescent deve-lopment, and demand-driven adult learning.

“This generous grant from Lilly Endowment allows Goshen College, our institution and ourselves as individuals, to act as a resource both to the community and to these excellent foundations. Education is a primary need in our society, and we continue to be committed to helping meet our area’s highest-priority educational needs,” said Shirley H. Showalter, Goshen College President.


IUSB and Ivy Tech College Co-Sponsor MLK Day Program

IUSB will present “Continuing the Dream: Civic and Voter Responsibility” from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Northside Hall 158 on Wednesday, January 16, 2002 in observance of the Martin Luther King Day holiday.

National civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Martin Luther King, Jr., (1929-1968) inspired and sustained the struggle for freedom, nonviolence, racial integration, and human brotherhood.

The three-part program will be preceded by a reception from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. followed by a video presentation by Dr. Lester Lamon professor of history. Dr. Lamon will give an overview of the civil rights movement.

In part-two of the program Melvin Reed and Olga Villa Parra will discuss the impact of the civil rights movement on the Midwest from the African American and Latino perspective.

The third part of the program will consist of a five-minute presentation by each of the five 2nd district congressional candidates: Mark Meissner, Jill Long Thompson, Kathy Cekanski Farrand, William E. Alexa and Chris Chocola. The candidates will be followed by a question and answer session by a diverse panel of area youth/students.

This event is co-sponsored by the IUSB Office of Campus Diversity and the Office of Diversity Affairs at Ivy Tech State College.

This event is free and open to the public.