October 9, 2014 · 8:30 AM
Latino Challenges Toward Racial Equity
Save the Date! October 9-10, 2014
It is well known: Latinos are the fastest growing segment of the US population; together with African Americans, Latinos and Latinas are among the nation’s poorest and sickest, over-represented among drop-outs and prisoners, under-represented in business and government. Latinos are the largest of the so-called “minority” groups in the US today. It is also becoming well known that Latinos, together with African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans and other People of Color, will soon outnumber Whites to become the nation’s new “majority.” The question is: what will this population shift really mean in a society so shaped by race and racism? And, what are the challenges we are faced with today as we seek to create a society with greater racial equity? In the Latino Challenges Toward Racial Equity workshop, we examine the negative impacts of racism throughout our society. We look at how people of Latin American origin in the US have historically been racialized, both here and in Latin America. Additionally, we examine the changing nature of race definitions and its implications for Latinos and for other People of Color, as well as for Whites, today.
In this two-day workshop, we also explore the healing power of identity and culture in Latino communities. Furthermore, the workshop sheds light on how racism is used to separate Latinos from African-Americans, other People of Color and Whites — and speaks to the urgent need to work together to effectively address racial disparities in our institutions and to create racial equity for all.
ABOUT THE TRAINERS: This workshop is lead by Dr. Raúl Quiñones-Rosado and María I. Reinat-Pumarejo, Latino community educators and antiracism organizers for over twenty-five years. Together, they established the Institute for Latino Empowerment and the Undoing Racism Organizing Committee in western Massachusetts, and founded Ilé: Organizers for Consciousness-in-Action in Puerto Rico. For more background information on the trainers, please visit: www.raulquinones.com.