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Events : NSHMBA Volunteers Needed!
Posted by admin on 2006/10/3 14:20:00 (1515 reads)

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Dear Cincinnati Member,

NSHMBA needs your help! We have an urgent need for volunteers to help with set-up for the 17th Annual Conference and Career Expo on Sunday, October 22nd through Tuesday, October 24th. Since these opportunities take place so far before the conference, we are in need of local residents. Please consider volunteering a few hours of your time to ensure that this year's conference will run seamlessly.

Volunteering is not just helpful to NSHMBA; it also has substantial benefits for the volunteer. If you were considering skipping this year's conference for financial reasons, consider volunteering instead. For just 3 hours of volunteering, you can gain free access to the full professional development day and networking events on Thursday, and for just six hours, you can also gain access to the Career Expo on Friday and Saturday.

This benefit is not just available for members or Hispanics. Anyone aged 21 or older can volunteer and gain complimentary access to conference events. That being said, feel free to market this opportunity to your colleagues and acquaintances. Attending the conference is a worthwhile investment for business professionals and students in all stages of their careers.

At this time we are only in need of pre-conference volunteers. For more information about volunteering and to sign up, please visit the Volunteer website.

Thank you in advance for your assistance!


Esther Gonzalez Smith
Chapter Development Manager / Volunteer Coordinator

Events : Salsa @ Mad Frog (Oct. 2, 2006)
Posted by admin on 2006/10/3 6:40:00 (1843 reads)

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Another great Salsa night @ Mad Frog, with people enjoying the awesome new dance floor and Non-Smoking room!

Pictures from this week's Salsa with Tropicoso @ Cincinnati's hottest Latino spot - "The Mad Frog", are on the Web in the Cincinnati section of our Photo Gallery (click here).

Each Monday, Mad Frog has its basement open - with the best in Reggaeton and Hip-hop. It's like having two clubs in one: live Salsa/Merenge upstairs with Tropicoso, and Reggaeton and Hip-hop downstairs!

Community : Latino culture @ MiddFest in Middletown (Oct. 1st, 2006)
Posted by admin on 2006/10/2 15:10:00 (1604 reads)

26th Annual MiddFest in Middletown was focusing this year on China, but as usual, it presented other cultures as well. Among them was a Salsa Band (Latin Fiesta from Philadelphia). And it was nice to see many Latinos supporting this festival: by volunteering to help or just by participating.

The organizer did a great job in presenting China - via exhibits, dance, music, food, and performances. It's truly inspirational to see so many people in a small city like Middletown to volunteer their time organize such a multi-cultural festival for 26 year in a row and contributing to better understanding between various ethnic groups in the area.

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More pictures are in the Cincinnati section of our Photo Gallery (click here...)

Education : The 2006 NKU Latino Art Festival (Sept. 30)
Posted by admin on 2006/10/2 6:30:00 (1933 reads)

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The Latino Student Affairs Office at Northern Kentucky University organized on September 30, 2006 a Latino Art Festival. The festival was intended to showcase Latin America's wide variety of cultures as expressed through art, literature, theater, food, and crafts.

Among the performers were Azucar, La Troupe Tanguera, Danza Contigo Peru, Que Lindo es Panama, and Son del Caribe.

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More pictures are in the Cincinnati section of our Photo Gallery (click here...)

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Events : Global Fusion Party: Brazil @ Havana Martini Club (Sept. 29)
Posted by admin on 2006/9/30 10:40:00 (1616 reads)

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The 2nd installment of the GLOBAL FUSION PARTY, this time with focus on BRAZIL was a total success!

The live Capoeira demonstration and Belly dancing mesmerized the audience!

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More pictures are in the Cincinnati section of our Photo Gallery (click here)

Community : Kentucky Hispanic & Immigrant Networking Summit (Sept. 29, 2006)
Posted by admin on 2006/9/29 18:40:00 (2171 reads)

Kentucky Commission on Human Rights invited MidwestLatino to be a panelist at Kentucky Hispanic & Immigrant Networking Summit, that took place today, Sep. 29th.

The Summit was an excellent opportunity to foster mutual understanding and increase communication and collaboration between federal, state, and local government and the immigrant community.

Invited were directors from Latino centers, representatives from Hispanic media outlets, Hispanic educators and entreprenours from across Kentucky to share information about housing, employment, business, education, media outlets, and other topics. Representatives from state, federal, and local government agencies shared information about their programs.

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More pictures are in the Louisville section of our Photo Gallery (click here)

Community : Community Action Agency (CAA)
Posted by admin on 2006/9/26 13:00:00 (1400 reads)

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Midwestlatino has recently visited Community Action Agency (CAA) in Cincinnati to learn more about their work in the community, and their support for Latinos/Hispanics in this area.

Community Action was created with the passage of the Economic Opportunity Act (EOA) of 1964 as a part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty." The ambitious purpose of this statute was to eliminate the causes and consequences of poverty in the United States. The act established a federal Office of Economic Opportunity, headed by Sargent Shriver, and created organizations called Community Action Agencies (CAAs) that would develop strategies to solve local issues of poverty.

The mission of CAA is to "To act as advocate, provider and facilitator for the full range of public and private resources, programs and policies which give low- to moderate-income individuals the opportunity to improve the quality of life for themselves, their families and their communities."

Since many of the Latino families fall into this category, CAA is making a concious effort to reach out to them.

And it definitely helps to have a Latino on the Board of Directors. V. Anthony Simms-Howell, member of the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, has been a pillar of the Latino community for years and now is making sure that CAA has the required resources to serve the Latino community. They have a total of 385 employees of which 15 are Latinos. They also have two Spanish speaking non-Latino employees. All of their services are designed with Latinos in mind - Voice messages are done in Spanish; Some staffs are attending now Spanish classes, and all program information is done in both English and Spanish.

Under the leadership of CEO Gwen L. Robinson, CAA is constantly expanding its services and the positive impact on the community. The agency moved last year to their new location at Jordan Crossing, providing state of the art facility for their visitors. The most important service is the Head Start, an early childhood educational program, which is based on a program championed by LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens).

To learn more about CAA, visit their Website:

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More pictures are in the Cincinnati section of our Photo Gallery (click here).

Community : Freedom of Hope (Thurs., Sept. 28th)
Posted by admin on 2006/9/25 11:00:00 (1510 reads)

FreedomYP will celebrate FREEDOM OF HOPE on Thursday, September 28 at the Freedom Center.

The Freedom Center has two new exhibits: September 11th: A Global Response, Personal Reflection and "Breaking Through: the Reintegration of Pro Football." Tour both of these exhibits on Thursday as part of the "Freedom of Hope" event hosted by FreedomYP. Local firefighters and police will be on hand as well as special guests. This event features food from Macaroni Grille and a cash bar.

The event costs only $6 - Freedom Center Members are free. Purchase a Freedom Center Membership at the event and get in each of the monthly events for free. Cincinnati police and firefighters are free!

To further explore the meaning of hope in the face of devastation, Freedom of Hope will be included in FIVE DAYS FOR DARFUR, an extended weekend of events to raise awareness of and provide a unified response to the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Save Darfur wristbands and information will be available, and guests will be able to view a short documentary on Nick and George Clooney's spring 2006 visit to the war-torn region as well as a presentation on the conflict and how they can help. For a complete listing of FIVE DAYS FOR DARFUR events, please visit .

$6 at the door (Freedom Center members are FREE!)

SAVE THE DATE! FREEDOM of DANCE, Thursday, October 26th

Community : Su Casa 2006 Soccer Tournament (Sept. 23-24)
Posted by admin on 2006/9/24 19:40:00 (1893 reads)

The Sixth Annual Copa Su Casa 2006 Soccer Tournament at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds just finished this Sunday, September 24, 2006. The organizers invited top 8 teams from the area to crown the Hispanic Champion of 2006 in a Lightning single elimination tournament. There were teams from Florence, Hamilton, Beechmont, Norwood, Price Hill and they represented Latinos from all Latin American Countries. All proceeds are for the Su Casa Hispanic Ministry Center Sports Program which also conducts annual Volleyball and Basketball Tourneys.

In the final, Atletico Chivas, Champion of the Cincinnati league won against Pomoquitas, Champion of the City of Hamilton league, 3-1

For information about future Su Casa Soccer events, please contact Javier Salas, Maria Isabel Guerra or Joseph Nava at N7 Consulting Services at 513-769-7700.

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More pictures are in the Cincinnati section of our Photo Gallery (click here).

Community : Feria de Salud @ Centro de Amistad
Posted by admin on 2006/9/24 19:30:00 (1383 reads)

Centro de Amistad hosted this past Sunday a Health Fair for Latinos.

Individuals and families were able to test, among others, their blood pressure, vision, cholesterol, diabetes, as well as learn more about healthy living. It was a full success for the Centro de Amistad, which is managed by Sister Juana Mendez. This Health Fair wouldn't be possible without countless volunteers, to which goes our big "Thank You"!

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More pictures are in the Cincinnati section of our Photo Gallery (click here)

Community : Michael Beck joins Board of Directors of Int'l Center of Greater Cincinnati
Posted by admin on 2006/9/24 18:50:00 (5065 reads)

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We are happy to announce that MidwestLatino's founder, Michael Beck, joins Board of Directors of yet another International organization serving Greater Cincinnati. After being recently elected Vice President of Inter-Ethnic Council of Greater Cincinnati (read more...), he now joins Board of Directors of the International Center of Greater Cincinnati.

The International Center of Greater Cincinnati (ICGC) is a non-profit organization helping immigrants, refugees, and asylees in the Cincinnati area with problem-solving and access to social services when appropriate. The Center is open to everyone, regardless of their ethnic background, religion, or immigration status.

The Mission of the Int'l Center is:

* provide social services for new Americans and people with limited English proficiency
* provide educational opportunities for Greater Cincinnatians to learn about the world
* help people new to the area to learn about Greater Cincinnati and the USA

Community : Hispanic Scholarship Fund Dinner (Sept. 23, 2006)
Posted by admin on 2006/9/24 12:32:37 (1599 reads)

The Fifth Annual Greater Cincinnati Hispanic Scholarship Fund Gala was held Saturday, September 23 to celebrate local Hispanic advancement through education. The celebration marks the fifth year of the event and its unprecedented accomplishment of approaching $1 million in scholarships for local Hispanic students in that short period of time.

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More pictures are in the Cincinnati section of our Photo Gallery (click here)

Community : MidwestLatino joins
Posted by admin on 2006/9/22 17:40:00 (1592 reads)

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Education : Pulitzer Prize Winner Sonia Nazario @ College of Mount St. Joseph (Oct. 2)
Posted by admin on 2006/9/21 10:40:00 (1759 reads)

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Meet Sonia Nazario, author of "Enrique’s Journey", Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. "Enrique’s Journey" is the true story of a migrant boy from Honduras searching for his mother in America.

Sonia Nazario is an award-winning journalist for the Los Angeles Times who covers Latinos in America and immigration issues, particularly the “humanitarian” issues surrounding the desperate journey young children make to enter the U.S. in order to search for their mothers. HBO is planning a future mini-series based on “Enrique’s Journey.”

For more info, click here....

Business : P&G Latinnovation 2006
Posted by admin on 2006/9/20 11:48:25 (2278 reads)

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"Fueling the innovative spirit of Latinos at P&G" - under this motto P&G had full day session providing a forum to discuss the importance and uniqueness of Latinos to the P&G Community, both as employees and as consumers, and their value in driving P&G's businesses. Also, to develop cross-cultural competencies that will enable young Latino employees to maximize their contribution and accelerate their success.

The P&G Auditorium was packed - a clear sign that Latinos are a growing force within P&G and that Latinnovation was an important topic to them.

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More pictures are in the Cincinnati section of our Photo Gallery (click here)

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