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Community : Last Day to Mail Back 2010 Census Forms
Posted by admin on 2010/4/16 14:10:00 (1309 reads)

Last Day to Mail Back 2010 Census Forms

Residents Urged to Act Today or Risk Visit from Census Workers in May

Today marks the last day for residents across America to mail back their 2010 Census questionnaires. Households that return their forms after April 16 will likely be visited by census workers when they begin May 1 going door to door to collect census responses.

Residents are encouraged to mail back their 2010 Census forms today. Those who wait to mail back their forms should expect to be visited by census workers, who will visit homes in person to ensure an accurate count of every person living in the United States. Census takers, who are members of the community in which they are working, will visit a household up to six times, each time leaving a door hanger featuring a phone number. Residents can call the number on the hanger to schedule a visit and be counted.

“Now's the time to clear off your kitchen table and stick that form in the mail,” U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves said. “Residents who fail to mail back their forms today should be prepared to get a knock on their doors in May and July.”

About 72 percent of Ohio households have mailed back their census forms. In 2000, the mail participation rate was 77 percent.

To make sure residents are counted, use these last minute outreach suggestions to increase participation rates:

  • Post copies of the questionnaire at areas of high traffic so that residents have a chance to view it and understand that the questions are not intrusive.
  • Send out a news release today with information about how residents can submit their 2010 Census over the phone (see below).
  • Submit an editorial on the importance of the census to your community and highlight a major project that was funded by census-based federal dollars.
  • Address residents on air or over the radio to stress the importance of filling out the form and the telephone number.
  • Call your local school district to ask teachers to ask their students: “Have you been counted?” Children have historically be undercounted because they spend time at multiple locations during the week.
  • Ask local non profits or faith-based organizations to support the 2010 Census and let them know how their community is responding to the form. Check your participation rate here:

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Education : NKU Recognizing Latino Students
Posted by admin on 2010/4/9 19:00:00 (1664 reads)

Yesterday, April 8th, the NKU Latino Students Affairs Office , under direction of its Director, Leo Calderon, recognized its outstanding Latino students.

The keynote speaker was Giovanna Alvarez, Director of Su Casa.




The 2010 NKU LSA/Kroger Mentor/Mentee of the Year went to David Perez and Hector Diaz.

The 2010 Latina Person of the Year went to Maylen Arroyo Alvarez.

There ware also 2010 Latino Student Academic Achievement Awards: Maria Clay, Kennth Zavala, Laura Schreiner, Carmen Moreno, Ariana Michal Lopez, Catherine Strunk, Jennifer May Herandez, Annette Graf, and Thomas Schneller.

Congratulations to all winners, and to NKU for having such a good program.

More pictures are on MidwestLatino Facebook

Events : Souls Dying: A play by Josafat Celedon (April 7-11)
Posted by admin on 2010/4/8 3:10:00 (1323 reads)

Souls Dying
by Josafat Celedon

Souls Dying is a show that I wrote based on my personal experiences, the experiences of others, two of the most amazing Mexican films (El callejon de los Milagros and La Virgen de la Lujuria) and a show that I wrote, Amedias.  I imagined sequences of those ideas unified as one in a way to create a story that takes place in the States.  Souls Dying takes place in an counselor's office with a man that is looking for help - the illegal Mexican, a lonely woman -the local, and a manipulative young woman - the first generation American.  The way they interact with each other becomes one story that brings to the audience impossible love between a young man and an older woman which creates conflict.  The power of seduction and the manipulation of beauty brings flavor and pain at the same time.  Their dreams, erotic fantasies, illusions of love, cruel reality, mystic tarot and the experience with death will open their eyes and transform their souls.  They will look for a moment of happiness but they will know that everything has a price even if that means discovering who they truly are.

April   7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th 

636 Monmouth • Newport Kentucky

Tickets (513) 246-1529 

$15 Adults
$12 Students

Education : Amend Adult group for Spanish speakers starting on April 15th
Posted by admin on 2010/4/5 19:40:00 (970 reads)

Every October we observe Domestic Violence Awareness month but we have to be diligent in our efforts to speak out against violence every day. According to the US Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, nationally, in 2004, 1159 females and 385 males were murdered by intimate partners; and children were residents of the households experiencing intimate partner violence in 43% of incidents involving female victims. In Ohio, according to the Ohio Domestic Violence Network there were 345 fatalities by intimate partners in 2006.  But the cycle can be broken by empowering yourself with knowledge.  

At the YWCA we have several best practice and evidenced based programs that work with adults and adolescents who engage in or at risk for violent behaviors.  However, many people are not aware that we also offer an Amend Adult group for Spanish speakers. This program is designed to address the effects of domestic violence and violent behavior through prevention/intervention services that target adult males who engage in violent, abusive and unruly behavior. The mission is to help individuals take responsibility for their actions; to examine and confront the values, beliefs, and attitudes that contribute to violence; and to develop non-violent alternatives for dealing with conflict and managing anger to prevent and reduce violence in the community. 

The Amend Adult program is modeled after the Emerge curriculum which outlines best practices for responding to domestic violence both inside and outside of the legal system as well as providing guidelines for Batterer's Intervention Standards. The program began in 1982 and has provided batterers intervention services to court-ordered and self-referred domestic violence offenders in our community for over twenty-five years. 

Please continue to use your voice to speak out against violence, empower others with knowledge, and do your part to provide others with the help they need. If you are interested in referring a client to our Amend Adult group for Spanish speakers please contact the group facilitator, Dr. Roberto Madrigal, at (513)361-2187 ext 213. All clients need to be assessed prior to starting a group.

The Amend Adult group for Spanish Speakers resumes on Thursday 4/15/10 at 6 PM.

Community : SHPE Ohio SW: Nivia Colon-Diaz Featured In SHPE Magazine
Posted by admin on 2010/4/1 16:10:00 (1423 reads)

Member of the SHPE Ohio Southwest, Nivia Colon-Diaz is featured as one of the Latina Engineers in Government in the Spring Edition of SHPE Magazine.

Congratulations Nivia.

You can read it here

To join SHPE, visit their Website

Education : LULAC Ohio Scholarships: DEADLINE EXTENDED TILL APRIL 15th
Posted by admin on 2010/4/1 15:10:00 (1448 reads)

This year, LULAC Ohio will have 3 councils participating in our LULAC National Scholarship fund.  Please pass this application to anyone within the following cities that needs a scholarship and then send it to the following address within their city:

c/o Maria Lang
P.O. Box 982
Cincinnati, OH 45202

c/o Tony Ortiz
Wright State University
Room 303 Nutter Center
Dayton, OH 45435

c/o John Ramos
PO Box 13691
Columbus, OH 43213


Events : A Roof for a Chile: Gala Dinner (Friday, April 2)
Posted by admin on 2010/3/30 16:20:00 (1768 reads)


Benefiting Un techo para Chile

Please join us for an inspiring evening with great music, great times, & wonderful silent auction items
$40 per person at entrance - cash/check only includes hors d'oeuvres, desserts, and Chilean wine. Cash bar options available

All admission and silent auction proceeds will be donated to Un techo para Chile in an effort to rebuild homes for those devastated by the earthquake that struck Chile in February


A Roof For Chile Gala

When: 04/02/2010 at 7:00 PM
Where: The Phoenix - Archway Ballroom
812 Race Street
Cincinnati, OH
United States 
Contact: Alma Danielle Owen
(513) 593-1707 

Community : Puerto Rican Citizens required to request new copy of birth Certificates if those were issued prior to Dec.2009
Posted by admin on 2010/3/29 16:20:00 (1227 reads)

Puerto Rican-born citizens living in the United States will now have to request a new copy of their birth certificates.

The country's Gov. Luis Fortuño signed a law making all old birth certificates processed prior to December 2009 not valid in any federal agency.

A transition period will be in effect until July 1. The new law is an effort to reduce all fraud cases reported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the past year.

According to the governmental agency, a Puerto Rican birth certificate runs for about $5,000 to $10,000 in the black market.

Puerto Ricans born in the island receive an American Social Security number and are eligible for a United States passport from birth.      

In order to obtain an Ohio Driver License or Identification Card, applicants using a Puerto Rico birth certificate will need to provide additional documents to prove their identify.

A list of acceptable primary and secondary documents can be found at:

Community : LULAC Networking Meeting with Brent Wilkes, LULAC Executive Director (March 25, 2010)
Posted by admin on 2010/3/23 14:10:00 (1307 reads)

Please join LULAC Networking Meeting this Thursday, March 25 at 6 PM


The Guest Speaker is Brent Wilkes, LULAC Executive Director, who will talk about the upcoming 2011 LULAC National Convention hosted by Cincinnati.

Education : SHPE Region Six Leadership Development Conference (RLDC)
Posted by admin on 2010/3/22 14:10:00 (1316 reads)


The University of Minnesota Twin Cities Student SHPE Chapter and the Twin Cities Professional SHPE Chapter are proud to host the SHPE Region 6 Regional Leadership Development Conference (RLDC) for 2010. The conference will be held at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus in Minneapolis, Minnesota April 22-25.

This conference will offer students the opportunity to learn what it takes to be real leaders, while at the same time working on group projects that will give them the experience they need to see what true Leadership entails.

The theme of this conference is 5-fold:

  • Shape the future
  • Make things happen
  • Engage today’s talent
  • Build the next generation
  • Invest in yourself 

Students will learn about each of these themes of leadership in detail by participating in workshops delivered by industry-leading speakers. The workshop topics will scratch past the surface of typical leadership descriptions into a deeper understanding on how these themes represent good leadership. The students will have the opportunity to put into action the lessons they have learned at the RLDC into a group project. Students can expect to leave the conference with an action plan of how to implement the experiences and leadership knowledge gained to their home SHPE chapters after the RLDC.

To Register: click here

Education : SHPE to Co-sponsor Ohio Mathematics Contest (Sat, April 24, 2010)
Posted by admin on 2010/3/15 17:30:00 (1094 reads)

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Ohio South-West chapter will be co-sponsoring Ohio Mathematics Contestsponsored by the Dayton Branch of Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Wright State University, and the Asian American Council, Dayton, Ohio. The purpose of the contest is to stimulate interest in mathematics among upper elementary, middle and high school students and to recognize those who exhibit exceptional talent.

The sponsors ask teachers and parents to strongly encourage their students in grades 4 through 11 to enter this Contest.

For application, please visit: Ohio Mathematics Contest Website

In 2010 the SHPE National Convention will be hosted by Cincinnati. (see here...)

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is the source for quality Hispanic engineers and technical talent, committed to enhancing America's position in math, science, engineering and technology with a strong and talented Hispanic workforce. SHPE empowers its membership of students and professionals with increased educational opportunities, professional and personal growth, and involvement in education, business and government issues.

To Join SHPE, please:

Go to:
Click on the tab:  Join SHPE
Hit the button:  Apply Now (don't forget to select Ohio SW chapter)

Events : Salsa Night with DJ Los Rumberos (fundraiser for Immigration Reform)
Posted by admin on 2010/3/12 8:10:00 (1361 reads)

DJ Los Rumberos is having this Saturday, March 13th, a Fundraiser for RIFA (Reform Immigration For America).

Inner Peace Center
708 Walnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 

Doors will open at 9:00 pm and only $5 per person. 
Salsa dance lessons included from 9:00pm-10:00pm.


Education : AMIS holds Kickoff for Young Readers to participate in the Cincinnati Flying Pig Kids Marathon
Posted by admin on 2010/3/11 10:20:00 (1130 reads)

CINCINNATI (March 1, 2010) –  On Monday, March 1st, the Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies launched their first ever kick-off of a partnership with the Greater Cincinnati Nutrition Council and the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon.  The AMIS Young Readers’ group, which meets weekly on Mondays and Wednesdays, will be participating in the Cincinnati Flying Pig Kids’ Marathon, or Cochinito Volador

The Kids’ Marathon allows youngsters to finish the 26.2 miles of a marathon in incremental steps, a half mile or mile at a time during the school year. The final mile of the ‘course’ will be run on the actual Marathon course on Saturday, May 1, during Flying Pig Marathon weekend. Maria Lang, Program Facilitator at AMIS, is coordinating these efforts with help from Maya Shahani, the school nurse at AMIS.  

During the school year, youngsters mark their distances on the Kids Marathon “Hog Log” which is available in the Kids Marathon section of the Flying Pig Marathon website, This year the “Hog Log” and Flying Pig Kids Marathon registration materials have been translated into Spanish for the first time, and AMIS will be the first school to pilo these Spanish language materials for the Kids’ Marathon. 

To learn more about AMIS’ young readers and their first time participating in the “Cochinito Volador,” contact Maria Lang (513) 366-1804.  To learn more about healthy nutrition choices and to receive The Nutrition Council's e-news go to

Community : LULAC Members: Maria Lang and Leo Calderon honored by ELLF
Posted by admin on 2010/2/28 15:10:00 (1229 reads)


Two LULAC Cincinnati members have been honored by the ELLF (English Language Learning Foundation) at its Second Annual Recognition Breakfast on Feb. 25th, 2010.

Maria Lang received the "Educator of the Year" Award. She is a teacher and a program coordinator at "Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies". She is an educator and advocate for ELL population in the Greater Cincinnati area. She servers as a member of the various advocacy organizations, such as LULAC, where she is the Director of Education. The English Language Learning Foundation honors the impact of a teacher to change the lives of English language learning children he/she teaches.

Leo Calderon received the "Make a Difference" Award. He is a Director of Latino Student Affairs at Northern Kentucky University. Leo has helped major corporations, schools and non-profit organizations effectively address the needs of the growing Latino population. The English Language Learning Foundation created the "Make a Difference Award" to honor an individual who has made a significant difference in the lives of English language learning students and families.

Congratulations to the Winners!!!

Community : Donations for Claudia Velez Montenegro's family
Posted by admin on 2010/2/28 10:10:00 (1337 reads)

One of our Salsa friends, Claudia Velez Montenegro, lost her grandfather in a hit & run accident:

If you would like to help the family, please donate money to:

US Bank
(513) 458-5201
4525 Montgomery Rd,
Account #: 130115187945

There are also donation boxes in Taqueria Mercado and El Valle Verde II restaurants.

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