Some final thoughts on Hispanic Heritage Month for 2009
Posted October 12, 2009on:
The observance ends on October 15, but clearly there is still a lot of work to do in the Latino community to get ahead, if some of these stories are any indication. While I think that the observance is important, we should not just focus on all the positives. As a community, we need to also look at what more needs to be done.
- USA Today reported on Hispanic students facing barriers to get a higher education. This article is drawing on research from the Pew Hispanic Center. Here is the study "Latinos and Education: Explaining the Attainment Gap," from which the article seems to be drawing information. This other report on "The Changing Pathways of Hispanic Youths into Adulthood" may also be of interest in the context of the newspaper article. Overall the message is that more needs to be done to make college more accessible to Latinos. Then again, it needs to be more accessible overall.
- The National Council of La Raza has released an analysis of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. It "finds that while necessary, the new rules do not sufficiently improve the law to help Latino students." You can get a link to the full study at the site.
- The Census Bureau has made available national-level tabulations from the Current Population Survey on "Hispanic Population in the United States: 2007 and 2008." These are provided as Excel sheets, so keep that in mind, but you can get the data and then use it for research.
And under other links that I want to highlight. These are additional links I wanted to highlight in a post for the library blog, but sadly, I ran out of time to organize and make a post. So consider this a sort of
- The Pura Belpre Award. "The Pura Belpré Award, established in 1996, is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth" (from the ALA Website).
- And here is the Americas Book Award. It is "given in recognition of U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction (from picture books to works for young adults) published in the previous year in English or Spanish that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States." The award is sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP).
- A cool resource from the Library of Congress's American Memory Project: Hispano Music and Culture of the Northern Rio Grande: The Juan B Rael Collection. It documents "religious and secular music of Spanish-speaking residents of rural Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado."
Overall, I found some very interesting things this year, and I wish I would have had a bit more time to share them with folks. Oh well, there is always next year.