Latino Heritage Month in Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — A group of families in Lane County is committed to sharing their culture and traditions as they celebrate Latino Heritage Month. When most families are going out to a dinner or a movie on a weekend night, some Latino families head to school. They bring their shoes, their bright beautiful skirts, and … Continue reading »

Group Develops School Readiness Program

EUGENE, Ore. — Latino youth lag behind non-Latino youth in academic achievement. That’s why a Eugene research group is working to address the educational gap. Latino youth currently comprise more than one-fifth of the U.S. youth population. Yet this sizable group of the nation’s future adults lags alarmingly behind non-Latino youth in academic achievement and … Continue reading »

LULAC Celebrates Young Adult Council

Eugene, Ore.– A local non-profit organization that advocates for┬áLatino civil rights is celebrating a milestone. The League of United American Citizens, or LULAC, created the Young Adult Council. It’s the first of its kind in Oregon and it’s open to young adults in Lane County. The goal of this council is to guide youth towards … Continue reading »

Electricity Bill Phone Scam

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene Police Department says there is a phone scam in the area that’s targeting Latinos. Victims describe the phone calls as very aggressive. The caller has used a number of scare-tactics, but in a lot of cases he disguises himself as someone from a local utility company. Speaking in Spanish — … Continue reading »

Latino Studies Program Names Director

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University’s Center for Latino and Latina Studies in Engagement has a new director. Ron Mize says he’s excited to join the year-old program. The center helps facilitate faculty, staff and students to reach out to Latino communities throughout the state. Its goal is to improve the well-being of Latinos by … Continue reading »

Latino Groups Celebrate Heritage Month

EUGENE, Ore. — Dozens of people from the Latino community celebrated the start of Hispanic heritage month Sunday. The Jordan Schnitzer Museum at the University of Oregon was filled with music from a mariachi band and art from a number of Hispanic artists to showcase Latino culture. The month of September celebrates the independence days … Continue reading »

Civil Rights Leader Visits School

EUGENE, Ore. — A leader in the civil rights movement paid a visit to Kelly Middle School Thursday. Dolores Huerta met with members of Ganas, an after-school group for Latino students. Huerta is known as an activist for farm workers’ rights, and she also co-founded the National Farmworkers’ Association with Cesar Chavez, which later became … Continue reading »

LCC to Host Lane Latino Leadership Forum

EUGENE, Ore. — In a leadership forum the first of its kind, Latino leaders, politicians and community members will gather at Lane Community College for the Lane Latino Leadership Forum. Six panelists, joined by community members, will talk about the role the Latino/Latina community plays in developing the next generation of political leaders. They’ll also … Continue reading »

Latinos and College Education

EUGENE, Ore. — Fall quarter is in full swing at the University of Oregon. And while ethnic enrollment is up, Latinos overall struggle to graduate. It’s a new year for Francisco Morales O’Conner, a sophomore at the UO. Both his parents were first generation college graduates, a family trend that continues. “My parents always told … Continue reading »

Oregon’s Latino Workforce Growing

EUGENE, Ore. — A new report says Oregon’s Latino population is a growing economic force. A report from CAUSA reveals the community’s role in the economy. Local business organizations, like the Eugene Chamber of Commerce, all seem to agree that the Latino population is helping to strengthen our economy. “I never really had any hang-ups … Continue reading »