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Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations continue in October

Hispanic Heritage Month began on Sept. 15 and continues through Oct. 15.

October Hispanic Heritage Month events will be in Spanish and will take place via Facebook Live. Follow UC ANR en Español on Facebook

Susana Matias

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1 – 2 p.m.: 

Susana L. Matias Medrano: Healthy living

Susana L. Matias Medrano
, Ph.D., UC Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Nutritional Sciences & Toxicology at Berkeley, will lead a discussion of healthy living, including considerations around obesity and breastfeeding. Susana's research interests include maternal and child nutrition, immigrant health, food security, obesity and diabetes prevention, nutritional and behavioral interventions, and evaluation research.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1 – 2 p.m.:

Magda Argueta
Magda Argueta: Mayan pollinating techniques

UC ANR Global Food Initiative Fellow and UC Riverside doctoral candidate Magda Argueta will discuss her research around ancient Mayan pollinating practices with stingless bees.

Thursday, Oct. 13, 1 – 2 p.m.:

Samuel Sandoval Solis: Climate change effects

Samuel Sandoval
Join Samuel Sandoval Solis, Ph.D., UC Davis assistant professor and Cooperative Extension specialist, for a discussion of the effects of climate change, including what individuals can do to reduce impact and UC ANR's sustainability initiatives. Samuel's expertise is in water resources planning and management for sustainable water systems.

For more Spanish-language Hispanic Heritage Month content, including a special Latino playlist, Latino movie recommendations and museum exhibits, visit ANR's Hispanic Heritage Month webpage. If you have questions, contact Ricardo Vela at rvela@ucanr.edu.

The purpose of the celebration is to recognize the contributions and vital presence of Hispanics and Latin Americans in the United States.

Posted on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 12:00 PM

UC ANR celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 15

Hispanic Heritage Month 2022

Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 through Oct.15 and Ricardo Vela, manager of UC ANR News & Information Outreach in Spanish, has planned educational activities for colleagues and friends to attend throughout the month.

Each year, UC ANR celebrates the culture and contributions of people whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Latinos comprise 40% of California's population and a growing portion of UC ANR's clientele. Our Latinx colleagues help to customize UC ANR's outreach for the Latino community, from immigrants to native-born citizens.

To start the celebration, the newly formed Latinx & Friends Affinity Group will meet for the first time on Sept. 21. To register, visit https://surveys.ucanr.edu/survey.cfm?surveynumber=38886.

“UC ANR is giving us this fantastic opportunity to share our stories of struggle, success and dreams within a safe space,” Vela said. “This space is open to all of us who are Latinx/Hispanic or of Latinx/Hispanic descent, allies and friends to discuss the many cultural identities.”

“First Time Home” is a documentary produced by American children of farmworkers that offers a look into what life is like for farmworker families.

The September events will be held via Zoom for UC ANR colleagues:

Jose Pablo Ortiz-Partida
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 12-1:30 p.m. First meeting of Latinx & Friends Affinity Group (45 minutes) and screening of the short film “First Time Home” about four cousins who travel from their Triqui immigrant community in California to their ancestral village in Mexico for the first time. (45 minutes)

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 12-1 p.m. Jose Pablo Ortiz-Partida will discuss the results of an environmental justice study he conducted in the San Joaquin Valley. Ortiz-Partida is a senior water and climate scientist for the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. 

Susana Matias
Register for the Hispanic Heritage Month employee events at https://surveys.ucanr.edu/survey.cfm?surveynumber=39023.

Events scheduled for October will be conducted in Spanish and open to the public on Facebook Live:

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1-2 p.m. – Susana Matias, UC Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology at Berkeley, will discuss healthy living, obesity and breastfeeding.

Magda Argueta
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1-2 p.m. – Magda Argueta, UC ANR's Global Food Initiative Fellow and UC Riverside doctoral candidate, will discuss ancient Mayan pollinating practices with stingless bees.

Samuel Sandoval Solis
Thursday, Oct. 13, 1-2 p.m. – Samuel Sandoval Solis, UC Davis assistant professor and Cooperative Extension specialist in water resources, will discuss climate change effects. What can we do? What is UC ANR already doing?

 

 

Posted on Monday, August 29, 2022 at 8:59 PM

Extending UC ANR information in Spanish

For Hispanic Heritage Month, Susana Matias Medrano, UCCE nutrition specialist at UC Berkeley, gave a public presentation in Spanish about nutrition.

As in previous years, UC ANR organized Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month events to celebrate and recognize the contributions of Latinos to the United States. This year, three Zoom forums were held to raise awareness of the struggles of the Latino community in the U.S., their contributions and their future. In addition, three other forums offered the Latino community research-based information in Spanish on youth development, gardening and nutrition. The results were nothing short of amazing.  

First, we conducted a survey among News and Information Outreach in Spanish followers on social media. We learned that besides COVID-19, other topics of interest were nutrition, gardening (food sustainability), children's education, finances and employment. After that, we contacted advisors and volunteers of the UC Master Gardener, Nutrition and 4-H Youth Development statewide programs to work together and be our guest speakers at the forums celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. 

These sessions were held on Oct. 6, 13 and 15 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Right after the forums ended, we emailed an exit survey. The results revealed that 99% of the attendees responded positively to the session, speaker and topic, and 98% said they were interested in participating in other forums on the same topic or other topics. Only 1% of participants indicated that the topic could be treated differently, and 1% reported no interest in attending another forum.

When asked how they learned about the forums, 90% of attendees said they heard about them through our social networks, while 7% said they found out through a friend, and the remaining 3% did not remember how they heard about the sessions.

Among the attendees, 70% did not know about the relationship between UC ANR, the University of California, and UC Cooperative Extension. About 20% said they had vague knowledge about ANR, but did not know about Cooperative Extension. The other 10% said they knew about ANR and had previously participated in classes offered by UCCE, 4-H and CalFresh Healthy Living, UC.

Based on these results, we believe it is crucial to continue approaching the Spanish-speaking community in this way. Therefore, we will start a monthly online workshop introducing the different programs of UC ANR and UCCE.

We also emailed an exit survey to members of ANR and UC who participated in forums on stereotypes, discrimination against Latinos, and migrant Mexican indigenous communities. Only 0.1% of the attendees were not satisfied with the topics or with the invited speakers. While 1.9% indicated that the speaker was fine, but the issue may have been handled differently, 98% of attendees said they were satisfied with the topics and speakers and would return for similar events.

On average, 75 people attended out of the 155 who registered for each session. Signing up for Zoom may have created a barrier to participation. In the future, we will broadcast on Facebook Live, using the platform that many of the people who registered already use. 

Clockwise from top left: Ricardo Vela, Victor Villegas of Oregon State University, Bertha Felix, Christopher Gomez Wong and Beatriz Nobua-Berhrmann. The panelists, who all identify as Hispanic, discussed their varied ancestry on Sept. 15 for "One size doesn't fit all."

To see the recordings of the Zoom forums, click on the title below:

Sept. 15 - One size doesn't fit all 

Sept. 22 - Indigenous migrant communities – “The forgotten ones in the age of COVID-19”

Sept. 29 - Meet the Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 Honorees

Oct. 6 -  Ser mejores padres, cómo hacer de su hijo un líder

Oct. 13 - Cómo tener un huerto casero exitoso

Oct. 15 - El poder de una comida nutritiva

This story was first published in Notas de Nuestra Comunidad. To receive the newsletter, subscribe at https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/kBFzwZz/Comunidad.

Posted on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 1:30 PM
  • Author: Ricardo Vela

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations continue through October 15

UC ANR continues to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) through Oct. 15, with a series of public Zoom events to create awareness of Latinos' struggles and celebrate their contributions to the U.S. and the world. 

Under the slogan “Celebrating Together Hispanic Heritage Month,” we have partnered with volunteers from UC Master Gardeners, 4-H Youth advisors, and CalFresh Healthy Living, UC educators to bring these programs to the Latino community. We have three Zoom forums with topics that we learned are important to Spanish-speaking Latinos. 

October 6 Zoom Community Forum in Spanish

“Be Better Parents, How to Make Your Kid a Leader”

Guest Speaker: Claudia Diaz, 4-H youth development advisor

Recording at https://youtu.be/kDk8yF50nnU

October 13 Zoom Community Forum in Spanish

“How to Have a Successful Vegetable Garden”

Guest Speakers: UC Master Gardener volunteers from UCCE Sonoma County 

October 15 Zoom Community Forum in Spanish

“The Power of a Nutritional Meal”

Guest Speaker: Susana Matias Medrano, UC Cooperative Extension specialist in nutritional science and toxicology, UC Berkeley

To register, visit https://surveys.ucanr.edu/survey.cfm?surveynumber=35503 or email ucnews.spanish@ucr.edu.

More information at https://ucanr.edu/sites/Spanish/Hispanic_Heritage_Month/Mes_de_la_Herencia_Hispana_2021/Calendario_de_charlas_por_Zoom_999.

For Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month this year, UC ANR is recognizing three Latino professionals who serve their communities while upholding UC ANR's public values of academic excellence, honesty, integrity, and community service. This year the honorees are:

Leticia Christian is a CalFresh Healthy Living, UC educator in Alameda County. As a physician in her native Cuba, she helped people stay healthy and here in California as a nutrition educator she strives to do the same. 

Gersain Lopez loves nature and at his job, his passion, commitment and hard work have made him a favorite ag technician at Desert Research and Extension Center.

Liliana Vega is a 4-H youth advisor for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Vega is an avid advocate for the Latinx community and social justice.

Posted on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 10:39 AM
  • Author: Ricardo Vela

UC ANR to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 – Oct. 15

It is that time of the year again, to celebrate the contributions of Latinos in the United States.

UC ANR joins the celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM), starting Sept. 15 and ending Oct. 15, with a series of events aimed at creating awareness of the struggles of Latinos, and celebrating their contributions to the U.S. and the world. 

As in previous years, UC ANR will hold several Zoom forums, with topics such as:

  • How to stop the implicit bias towards Latinos and other ethnic groups
  • What we need to know to better understand Latino communities
  • Who are indigenous migrant workers; what are their most pressing needs; why have they been hit especially hard by COVID-19

All the webinar forums will be from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and moderated by Ricardo Vela, manager of News and Information Outreach in Spanish (NOS). On Sept. 29, we will celebrate three UC ANR professionals who were selected as HHM 2021 Honorees. The first three will be conducted in English and the community forums will be conducted in Spanish.

September 15 Zoom Forum

“One Size Does Not Fit All! – Myths, Stereotypes and Discrimination against Latinos”

Guest speaker: Victor Villegas, Oregon State University, Latino advocate

Testimonies from: Christian Gomez Wong, Beatriz Nobua-Behrmann and Bertha Teresa Felix-Simmons

September 22 Zoom Forum

“Indigenous Migrant Communities: The Forgotten Ones in the Age of COVID-19”

Guest speaker: Arcenio López, Executive Director, Mixtec Indígena Organization Project (MICOP) 

September 29 Zoom Forum

“Meet the HHM 2021 Honorees”

Guest speakers: Katherine E. Soule introducing Liliana Vega, 4-H; Tuline Baykal introducing Leticia Christian, CalFresh Healthy Living, UC; Jairo Diaz and Gilberto Magallon introducing Gersain Lopez, Desert REC.

Under the slogan “Celebrating Together Hispanic Heritage Month,” we have partnered with volunteers from UC Master Gardeners, 4-H Youth advisors and CalFresh Healthy Living, UC educators to bring these programs to the Latino community. We have three Zoom forums with topics that we learned are relevant to Spanish-speaking Latinos. 

October 6 Zoom Community Forum in Spanish

“Be Better Parents, How to Make Your Kid a Leader”

Guest speaker: Claudia Diaz, 4-H youth development advisor

October 13 Zoom Community Forum in Spanish

“How to Have a Successful Vegetable Garden”

Guest speakers: UC Master Gardener volunteers from UCCE Sonoma County 

October 15 Zoom Community Forum in Spanish

“The Power of a Nutritional Meal”

Guest speaker: Susana Matias Medrano, UC Cooperative Extension specialist in nutritional science and toxicology, UC Berkeley

Please help us make this year's celebration a success, spread the word about the events.

Those interested in attending the September forums should register here.

For the Spanish community forums, please register here.

For more information, Zoom backgrounds and phone wallpapers

Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 (Main page) http://ucanr.edu/hhm-2021

Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 (Recursos, Resources) http://ucanr.edu/hhm-2021-recursos_resources

Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 (Recetas) http://ucanr.edu/hhm-2021-recetas 

UC ANR Honorees Page https://tinyurl.com/ycpcdufh

If you have any questions, please contact:

Ricardo Vela, rvela@ucanr.edu, (951) 660-9887

 

Posted on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 2:39 AM

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