Hispanic and Latino Heritage to be Recognized

William Woods University will host an interactive presentation on “Latinos in the Midwest,” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the Library Auditorium.

Judith Davenport, Ph.D., LCSW, professor and the director of graduate adult studies for the school of social work at the University of Missouri-Columbia, will speak about the influx of Latinos to the Midwest.

She will discuss the benefits and concerns of immigration, as well as background on Hispanic and Latino groups and why they have journeyed to the United States, and to the Midwest in particular.

Attendees will be encouraged to participate in a “give and take exchange” throughout the presentation.

Cindi Elliott, WWU director of multicultural affairs, hopes the presentation will provide all who attend “an opportunity to broaden their scope of awareness.”

She said, “It is an opportunity to broaden their perspectives in who they are and how they see the world. We see things based on our life’s journey—by what experiences our life has provided for us.

“When we open ourselves to explore the realities of another human being’s experience, it gives us the opportunity to embrace compassion and to gain wisdom and understanding from a different point of view.”

Elliott recognizes that the education gained from cultural diversity awareness inside and outside of the classroom is priceless. Under her direction, William Woods University will honor and recognize a specific population group each month. This month is Hispanic and Latino Month.

“We support learning about the diverse populations we live with. What better way to help our students prepare for the world-at-large than through these programs?” she said.

“Latinos in the Midwest” is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Elliott at (573) 592-4358.