Monday, August 1, 2011

“Serving Latinos” Seminar at Ag Conference Center Aug. 11

A one-day seminar on "Serving Latinos" will be held at the Agricultural Conference Center in Boone on Thursday, August 11, from 9am-4pm. The “Serving Latinos” program is designed to help professionals who wish to better understand the cultural issues involved when providing services to Latinos in North Carolina. The seminar is offered by FaithAction International House and sponsored by the NC Dept of Health and Human Services and NC Cooperative Extension.

The fast moving three-part seminar utilizes a variety of media and interaction. In part one, participants will learn why so many Latinos have migrated to North Carolina, where they come from, and how they have impacted our state. Part two explores the key cultural elements that often cause difficulties for English-speaking helpers trying to communicate with Spanish- speaking clients. Real life examples from around North Carolina are used to illustrate the complexities of trying to help folk from a different cultural and linguistic heritage. The third part provides highly practical information about reaching out to Latinos, as well as some key legal information that all helping professionals should understand when serving Latinos.

All participants will receive a CD-ROM containing PowerPoint Presentations utilized during the seminar, as well as an extensive compilation of documents that will be of use in their work setting.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Mark Sills is the founding Executive Director of FaithAction International House in Greensboro. He is the author of the study guide "Hispanics in North Carolina: An Introduction to Your New Neighbors."

Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided. Space is limited to 30 participants, so please RSVP to Dr. Jim Hamilton at the Watauga Extension Office no later than Wednesday, August 10. (828) 264-3061

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