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Guest Editorial by Linda Sánchez Gazella Executive Director, Retired Senior Volunteer Programs

Many retirees face a combination of excitement and concern as they enter a new world free of the day-today demands of a full-time job. It can be a great time for exploring new things. is is a perfect time to consider volunteering. Volunteering can offer enormous benefits to you, your family, and your community! e right match can help you reduce stress, find friends, learn new skills and help you to reach out to your community. e Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties can help you find your match! Centrally located in the Lansing School District’s Elmhurst Welcoming Center is one of our programs, the Foster Grandparent Program.

volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not. Older volunteers tend to walk more, find it easier to cope with everyday tasks, are less likely to develop high blood pressure, and have better thinking skills. Volunteering can also help lessen symptoms of chronic pain. All you need to have to join is the ability to give the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future. If you are 55 or older and want to share your experience and compassion, you have what it takes to be a Foster Grandparent! Foster Grandparents serve 15 to 40 hours per week in locations including schools, hospitals, juvenile corrections institutions, daycare facilities or Head Start centers. Volunteers receive pre-service supplemental accident and liability insurance and meals while on duty. Volunteers who meet certain income guidelines also receive a small stipend.

Foster Grandparents offer vital help to children. You become a role model, mentor and friend to children. is program is a way for volunteers age 55 and over to stay active by serving children and youth in the community while also bringing help, fun and fulfillment to your life. Lending a hand with the smallest tasks can make a difference in the life of a child. Children watch everything you do. By giving back to the community, you show them firsthand how volunteering makes a difference and how good it feels to help other people. Becoming a Foster Grandparent can increase your self-confidence. Working for the community provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can give you a sense of pride and identity. Older adults, especially those who have retired or lost a spouse, can find new meaning and direction in their lives by helping children and others. Whatever your age or situation, volunteering can help take your mind off your own worries, keep you mentally stimulated and add more zest to your life. Studies have found that those who

• Visit the Retired Senior Volunteer Programs Foster Grandparent Office located at 2400 Pattengill Avenue, Lansing, MI • Visit our webpage at rsvplansingarea.com • Call us at 517-887-6116

We would be happy to sign you up today!

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Editorial invitado por Linda Sánchez Gazella Directora Ejecutiva de Programas de Voluntarios Jubilados

Muchos jubilados se enfrentan a una combinación de emoción y preocupación, ya que introduce un nuevo mundo libre de las demandas cotidianas de un trabajo de tiempo completo. Puede ser un buen momento para explorar cosas nuevas. Este es un momento ideal para considerar el voluntariado. ¡El voluntariado puede ofrecer enormes beneficios para usted, su familia y su comunidad! El compañero adecuado puede ayudar a reducir el estrés, encontrar amigos, aprender nuevas habilidades y ayudarle a participar en su comunidad. ¡El programa de voluntarios jubilados (RSVP) de los condados de Ingham, Eaton y Clinton puede ayudarle a encontrar su nieto adoptivo! Céntricamente ubicado en Elmhurst del Distrito Escolar de Lansing, el acogedor centro es uno de nuestros programas, el programa abuelos adoptivos. Los abuelos adoptivos ofrecen una ayuda vital a los niños. Usted se convierte en un modelo, mentor y amigo de los niños. Este programa es una manera para que los voluntarios de 55 años de edad y más permanezcan activos al atender a niños y jóvenes en la comunidad, mientras que ayuda, hay diversión y plenitud a vuestra vida. Ayudar con las tareas más simples puede hacer una diferencia en la vida de un niño. Los niños miran todo lo que hace. Al contribuir en la comunidad, les muestra cómo el voluntariado hace una diferencia y lo bien que se siente ayudar a otras personas. El convertirse en abuelo adoptivo puede aumentar su auto confianza. Trabajando para la comunidad proporciona un sentido natural de realización. Su papel como un voluntario puede darle un sentido de orgullo y de identidad. Los adultos mayores, especialmente aquellos que se han jubilado o han perdido un cónyuge, pueden encontrar un nuevo significado y sentido en sus vidas al ayudar a los niños y a los demás. Sea cual sea su edad o situación, el voluntariado puede ayudar a su mente a estar fuera de sus propias preocupaciones, mantenerse mentalmente estimulado y agregar más entusiasmo a su vida. Los estudios han encontrado que los voluntarios tienen una tasa de mortalidad menor que aquellos que no lo hacen. Los voluntarios de edad tienden a caminar más, resulta más fácil lidiar con las tareas cotidianas, son menos propensos a desarrollar presión arterial alta, y tienen mejores destrezas de pensamiento. El voluntariado también puede ayudar a disminuir los síntomas de dolor crónico. Todo lo que necesita para participar es la capacidad de brindar el tipo de comodidad y amor que pone a un niño en el camino hacia un futuro exitoso. ¡Si usted tiene 55 años o más y desea compartir su experiencia y compasión, usted tiene lo que se necesita para ser un abuelo adoptivo! Los abuelos adoptivos sirven de 15 a 40 horas por semana en lugares como escuelas, hospitales, instituciones correccionales juveniles, guarderías o centros de ‘Head Start’. Los voluntarios reciben servicio de seguro de accidentes y de responsabilidad civil complementaria, y alimentos mientras prestan servicio. Los voluntarios que cumplan con ciertas pautas de ingreso también reciben un pequeño estipendio. • Visite los programas de voluntarios jubilados de abuelos adoptivos en la oficina ubicada en 2400 Pattengill Avenue, Lansing, MI • Visite nuestra página web en rsvplansingarea.com • Llámenos al 517-887-6116

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La educación de un niño puede ser el acceso para encontrar la independencia futura. Los niños con discapacidades pueden tener mayores retos, especialmente si no se les identifica a temprana edad. La identificación prematura ayuda a educadores y a familias a encontrar opciones educativas para apoyar a los estudiantes más pequeños y sus familias. Se atienden anualmente a miles de niños con discapacidades a través de programas y servicios ofrecidos en asociación con distritos escolares locales y el Distrito Escolar Intermedio de Ingham. En Michigan, los bebés, jóvenes y adultos jóvenes elegibles pueden recibir intervención temprana y/o servicios de educación especial desde el nacimiento hasta 26 años de edad. Visite www.inghamisd.org o llame al 517-244-4514 para más información.

is information was brought to you by Ingham Intermediate School District, a regional educational service agency.


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Ballerina in the Spotlight Shown here in front of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU is Martina Sumiec, ballerina, age 12. She is the granddaughter of Juanita Castillo-Rowan, Director of Small Folks Development Center in Lansing. Martina has attended Small Folks every summer of her life.

Photo by William Rowan

Small Folks is Lansing’s only bilingual, multicultural daycare-preschool, and is Lansing’s longest running independent preschool. Children graduate fully prepared for kindergarten, with balanced cognitive, emotional, social and physical skills. e staff has over 141 combined years of experience in preschool/childcare.

Maria Starr Van Core and Jimmie Wells

By Julio C. Guererro

Mention the name Maria Starr Van Core in any public circle and people will automatically relate it to activism, organization, unions, voter registration and all-around unity. In fact, it comes as no surprise because Maria has earned recognition for her exemplary civic and community service in Michigan. As a proud UAW local 652 member, her roots were founded as a General Motors employee, retiring with 30 years of service. She is a member of the Civil and Human Rights as well as the Women’s Committee, and she is President of the Greater Lansing Area Labor Counsel for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), Latino nonprofit organization founded within the union structure in 1973 Maria practices the union’s mission to improve and promote the quality of life for all working people. She is a pillar of the University of Michigan Community and Labor Studies Center promoting union solidarity, and is involved in voter education and registration campaigns, promoting scholarships for minority students and is overall a unifying personality and advocacy groups in lower Michigan. Sister Starr Van Core has a unique nurturing nature that opens doors in most any political circle. As such, she is an avid activist who has organized many activities and also has been a supporter of other efforts and maybe that is one of the reasons why she is active in groups and activities which promote diversity and equality. Her working-class upbringing gives her keen understanding of the importance of representation in decisionmaking bodies. As an advocate for diversity and inclusion policies, Maria is active in community development initiatives affecting Latinos, African-Americans, seniors, women and undocumented workers and their families. Maria is an effective activists and organizers because she is a leader as well as a follower, a student and a teacher. is is a rare characteristic found in community and civic leadership.

We salute this community leader!

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By Rona Harris Community Outreach Specialist, Ingham County Health Department

of a healthy lifestyle whether you are indoors or outside. Make it a habit by finding something that inspires you to get moving and you enjoy doing regularly. Start out gradually depending on your abilities and schedule a few minutes several times a day. en work up to what’s recommended which is a moderately intense level of physical activity, 30 minutes a day most days of the week. For example: walking with your dog, clearing snow from your sidewalks, playing snow football or building a snowman with your kids. If the weather is too severe outside, remember even doing moderate housework inside your home counts. When you spend time outside, keep in mind:

Spring’s flowers have long faded. Summer’s warm, sunny days are gone. Now is not the time to hibernate indoors for the winter. It’s important to continue to go outdoors and stay active. Not getting enough exercise on a regular basis can have a negative effect on our community’s health.

Physical Activity Is Important Starting a plan to be more physically active can seem hard to do, especially when the temperature outside turns chilly. You might be unsure of how to get started, but you’re not alone. American’s lack of fitness has become a national public health problem. A report from the U.S. Surgeon General says that only 50 percent of adults and 25 percent of high school students meet the recommended amount of aerobic physical activity. With the rise in the popularity of online gaming, tablets and smart phones, not only are adults not exercising, but children are not outside playing and enjoying the outdoors as they did years ago. As a result, people who are less active are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, certain cancers, weight gain, depression and untimely death due to illness and disease.

• Take a buddy with you when you are participating in outdoor recreation. • Wear appropriate clothing such as several layers of loose clothing for insulation. • Protect your ears, face, hands and feet in cold or wet weather. • Wear a hat to reduce the loss of body heat from your head. • Take your cell phone with you. • Move into warm locations for mini-breaks; if the weather is too severe stay inside.

Many Good Benefits of Physical Activity ere is a great deal of information out there that shows little doubt that getting more physically active can improve your overall health. Increased physical activity can help you: • Live longer and live better with less illness and risk of chronic disease. • Feel happier and less stressed. • Feel better about yourself. • Become a healthy role model for your family and friends.

Find Local Resources Wherever you live, there are many places and ways for you to get active. One opportunity is the upcoming Blue Cross Winter Warm Up, an 8-week program held in eight communities throughout the tri-county area. e program starts Jan. 28. Registration begins Jan. 1

Don’t Get Discouraged, Get Motivated Even though the weather outside has changed, now that you know how important staying active is, how do you get started? Increasing your level of physical fitness does not have to be hard. It can become a regular part

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por Rona Harris Especialista en Integración de la Comunidad, Departamento de Salud del Condado de Ingham

Las flores de primavera se han marchitado. Los días calurosos y soleados del verano se han ido. No es momento de invernar encerrado durante el invierno. Es importante salir al aire libre y mantenerse activo. El no ejercitarse regularmente puede traer efectos negativos a la salud de nuestra comunidad.

La Actividad Física es Importante Iniciar un plan para ser más activo físicamente puede parecer difícil, especialmente cuando la temperatura exterior es fría. Podrá no estar seguro de cómo iniciar, pero no está solo. La falta de salud nutrimental de los estadounidenses se ha convertido en un problema nacional de salud. Un reporte del Cirujano General de E.E.UU. establece que solo el 50 porciento de los adultos y 25 porciento de los estudiantes de escuela media superior cumplen con la cantidad recomendada de actividad física. Con el aumento de la popularidad de los juegos en línea, tabletas y teléfonos inteligentes, no solo los adultos no hacen ejercicio, si no que los niños tampoco están afuera jugando ni disfrutando del aire libre como lo hicieron años atrás. Como resultado, la gente que es menos activa es más propensa a padecimientos crónicos y enfermedades tales como diabetes, presión arterial alta, enfermedades del corazón e infartos, tipos de cáncer, aumento de peso, depresión y ultimadamente la muerte debida a enfermedades y padecimientos.

Muchos beneficios buenos de la actividad física Hay mucha información que muestra una ligera duda que ser más activo físicamente puede mejorar su salud general. Incrementar la actividad física puede ayudarlo a: • • • •

Vivir más y mejor, con menos enfermedades y menor riesgo de enfermedades crónicas. Sentirse feliz y menos estresado. Sentirse mejor sobre uno mismo. Convertirse en un ejemplo a seguir para su familia y amigos.

No se desaliente, motívese Aun cuando el clima exterior ha cambiado, ahora que sabe que tan importante es mantenerse activo, ¿Cómo dará inicio? Incrementar el nivel de salud física no tiene que ser difícil. Puede convertirse en una parte común de un estilo de vida saludable si se encuentra en interiores o exteriores. Haga un hábito al encontrar algo que lo inspire a moverse y que disfrute hacer regularmente. Inicie gradualmente dependiendo de sus habilidades y programe algunos minutos varias veces al día. Después trabaje lo recomendado, que es un nivel moderadamente intenso de actividad física, 30 minutos al día la mayoría de los días de la semana. Por ejemplo: caminar con su perro, limpiar nieve de su entrada, jugar futbol en la nieve o construir un muñeco de nieve con sus hijos. Si el clima exterior es muy severo, recuerde que incluso hacer trabajo doméstico moderado dentro de su casa cuenta. Cuando pase tiempo en el exterior, recuerde: • • • • • •

Lleve a un amigo con usted cuando participe en actividades al aire libre. Vista ropa apropiada, como diversas capas de prendas sueltas para aislamiento. En climas frios y húmedos, proteja sus orejas, cara, manos y pies. Use un sombrero para evitar la pérdida del calor corporal por la cabeza. Lleve su teléfono celular con usted. Trasládese a lugares calientes en pequeños descansos; si el clima es severo, permanezca adentro.

Encuentre recursos locales Donde sea que viva, hay muchos lugares y formas de estar activo. Una oportunidad es el próximo “Calentamiento Invernal de Blue Cross”, un programa de 8 semanas llevado a cabo en ocho comunidades a través del área de tres condados. El programa inicia el 28 de enero. El registro inicia el 1° de Enero en: MiBluesPerspectives.com/2017BlueCrossWinterWarmUp.


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e new Health Center is located at 2909 E. Grand River Avenue, just west of US-127. Some of the many beneficial services offered are a drive-through pharmacy, laboratory, endoscopy and diagnostic imaging which includes CT, ultrasound, mammography and MRI. In addition, three Sparrow medical practices will also be in the new Center. By combining a range of services into one facility, patients can see their physician and get follow-up care such as radiology or prescriptions all in one visit and at one location. is not only improves the patient experience, but also helps to ensure easy access to necessary follow-up care, ensuring a better health outcome. At Sparrow, a major part of the effort to transform care involves reconfiguring facilities to meet the expectations of patients and their families for quality care in a healing environment.

“I’m very excited to have everything in one spot,” exclaims Lisa Kimball. D.O., Practice Leader of Sparrow Medical Group Eastside, one of the new practices in the Health Center. “It is much more convenient for young mothers and those who have disabilities or mobility issues.” e project is part of Sparrow’s significant investment in mid-Michigan with more than $285 million in construction and information technology projects over a five-year period. e Sparrow Health Center comes along during a major wave of openings, including the recent Gathering Place at Sparrow and next year’s Sparrow Plaza and Herbert-Herman Cancer Center. ose projects represent Sparrow’s commitment to the mid-Michigan region and to providing quality care close to home.


El nuevo Centro de Salud está ubicado en el 2909 E. Grand River Avenue, justo al oeste de US-127. Algunos de los muchos servicios ofrecidos se encuentran una farmacia de auto servicio, laboratorio, endoscopia y diagnóstico por imágenes que incluye mamografía, ultrasonido, tomografía computarizada y resonancia magnética. Además, tres prácticas médicas de Sparrow estarán también en el nuevo centro. Combinando una amplia gama de servicios en un edificio, los pacientes pueden ver a su médico y obtener la atención de seguimiento como radiología o recetas en una sola visita y en una sola ubicación. Esto no sólo mejora la experiencia del paciente, sino que también ayuda a garantizar el fácil acceso a cuidados de seguimiento necesarios, asegurando un mejor estado de salud. En Sparrow, una parte importante del esfuerzo por transformar el cuidado implica la reconfiguración de instalaciones para satisfacer las expectativas de los pacientes y sus familias para una atención de calidad en un ambiente curativo. "Estoy muy emocionada de tener todo en un solo lugar", exclama Lisa Kimball. D.O., líder de la práctica de ‘Sparrow Medical Group Eastside’, una de las nuevas prácticas en el Centro de Salud "Es mucho más conveniente para las madres jóvenes y para quienes tienen discapacidades o problemas de movilidad". El proyecto es parte de la inversión cuantiosa de Sparrow en el centro de Michigan con más de 285 millones de dólares en la construcción y proyectos de tecnología de la información durante un período de cinco años. El Centro de Salud de Sparrow llega durante una importante ola de aperturas, incluyendo la reciente cafetería ‘Gathering Place’ en Sparrow y ‘Sparrow Plaza’ y ‘Herbert-Herman Cancer Center’ el próximo año. Estos proyectos representan el compromiso de Sparrow con la región del centro de Michigan y proporcionar atención de calidad cerca de casa.


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C.N.A. Our 2-week accelerated Certified Nursing Assistant program includes 3 days of clinical training and CPR/First Aide training. After completing this program, you will be eligible to take the state licensing exam, and you will have the skills you need to apply for jobs and start a rewarding career in the healthcare field.

Phlebotomy Our intense 10-day Phlebotomy program will prepare you to work in a variety of environments including Plasma Centers, Hospitals, and Outpatient Labs. Externships are available for those who qualify and require 120 draws. Upon completion of this program and externship, you will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam and become a Certified Phlebotomy Technician (C.P.T.) and you will have the experience you need to succeed as a phlebotomist.

C.N.A. & Phlebotomy Combo This program combines our C.N.A class and our Phlebotomy class. It takes 4 weeks to complete the program, and provides dual training in 2 growing medical fields.

C.N.A. plusŽ This 6-week program includes our C.N.A. and Phlebotomy programs as well as specialized training in Alzheimer’s & Dementia care, Hospice care, and Medication Administration. You will receive a certificate of the advanced training in each of those areas.


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por el Dr. Rubén Martinez

Esta pasada elección presidencial tuvo el mayor número de Latinos que salieron a las urnas para votar. Aproximadamente 13.8 millones de latinos y latinas votaron el 8 de noviembre. Eso es un 85% de un estimado de 16.2 millones que fueron registrados para votar. Hoy, los latinos comprenden alrededor de 10% de los votantes de E.E.U.U., pero muchos millones aún no están registrados para votar. Los votantes latinos han ido incrementando a lo largo de los años, y seguirán teniendo cada vez un más grande impacto a lo largo de los años. Para que ese impacto se pueda alcanzar completamente, sin embargo, aquellos que sean elegibles para votar, deben hacerlo. Tantos como 27.3 millones pudieron haber sido registrados para votar este año y, si se hubieran registrado, hubieran podido votar durante las elecciones presidenciales de 2016. Eso significa que solamente 60% de los latinos elegibles para ser registrados para votar, fueron registrados, y de esos, 85% votó el día de las elecciones. Votar es uno de los derechos constitucionales importantes que deben ser protegidos mientras las fuerzas políticas continúen participando en tácticas de supresión de votantes y falsificando elecciones. Mientras los latinos ganen cada vez más influencias electorales, ellos podrían terminar con las elecciones falsificadas, esa práctica de manipular los límites de los distritos electorales para favorecer a un partido sobre otro. Esto hace prácticas electorales injustas y disminuye el espíritu y letra de Democracia.

Hoy, la mayoría de los estadounidenses han perdido la confianza en el gobierno y en las instituciones centrales del país. A pesar de eso, son los latinos los que mantienen el Sueño Americano vivo, ya que tres de cuatro continúan creyendo que el arduo trabajo da resultados, y aquéllos que dominan el español como lengua, son más propensos de mantener esa visión. Por contraste, solamente dos de tres estadounidenses creen que uno puede salir adelante con el arduo trabajo. ¿No es de extrañar que los latinos hayan tenido tan alta participación electoral?


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Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region (BBBSMCR), an affiliate of the national organization, provides one-to-one, professionally supported mentoring relationships to children facing adversity.

each child in our program achieving greater confidence, better relationships, avoiding risky behaviors, and realizing educational success. BBBSMCR serves approximately 400 youth a year, however, the need far exceeds the capacity of the agency. The reality is that we have a waiting list of youth who desire a caring adult mentor in their life.

The youth are at-risk and experience elevated exposure to crime, gangs, violence, and substance abuse. BBBSMCR matches provide children with positive encouragement and a reliable source of support from a caring adult. The simple act of having a consistent adult who reinforces positive decision-making has been changing lives and communities for more than 100 years.

BBBSMCR is in need of mentors. There is great need for a volunteer mentor to simply spend 2 to 4 hours a month with a youth, doing low or no cost activities determined by the adult mentor and their youth. Every volunteer “Big”; is fully screened, then interviewed, trained and prepared to assist one child (their “Little”) to achieve and surpass their individual goals. Case managers track the

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relationships between the Bigs and Littles, offering support and guidance to help the Bigs in their efforts to help the Littles to grow, succeed (in school and beyond), and become productive, successful members of the community.

The reality is that BBBS mentoring is an effective program that improves the lives of youth and deeply engages communities through involvement with families, mentors, community funders, schools and other partners.

While mentoring a youth has tremendous impact on the child, many of our volunteers express profound enjoyment from giving back, making a difference and gaining a life-long friend along the way. Research shows BBBS improves odds the youth we serve will thrive educationally and socially.

Youth matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister realize their potential and discover opportunities they may not have known existed otherwise.

Kids with a Big Brother or Sister do better in school, are less likely to use drugs or alcohol, get along better with peers, and are more likely to finish high school and go to college.

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PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORIES -Maria Starr Van Core’s community involvement usually leads to keepsake photographs. At the top, Marta Bobillo, Maria and Bambi Van Woert pause for a moment. Below, a group of community leaders — including Elra Reyes, Don Kuchnick, Maria, Rudy Reyes, Linda Sanchez-Gazella and John J. Castillo — gather during another local event.

Foster Grandparent Maria Escobedo with Aaron and Soriyah Velasquez.

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By Estrella Torrez, Associate Professor in the Residential College in the Arts

In the fall of 2015, I was invited to join an incredible project initiated by the caring Latino staff of the Lansing School District. e Lansing school staff and administration made a decision that will forever change its relationship to Latino students and the ways in which it engages with the Latino community. Currently, Michigan’s high school graduation rates are at 79 percent, however the current rate for Latino students is around 69 percent. In an effort to be proactive in addressing this disparity, and respond to the voices of the district’s Latino students and families, the Lansing School District has created a project to prepare its students for graduation and for their future endeavors. e Latino Support System brings together people throughout the school and community dedicated to serving the Latino community. Counselors and Lansing school administration selected 30 students representing Eastern High School, Everett High School and Sexton High School to serve on a committee to develop an infrastructure by which the school district can build a strong relationship with its Latino community. ese students were identified as the Latino Leaders in their high schools because of their dedication to bettering education for Latino students. Each school has a Latino Leader team representing the needs of their Latino students and families. e Latino Support System committee met for the first time in 2015, and has since put together a community kickoff celebration, a spring retreat, a fall retreat and has held monthly meetings to generate programming ideas. e Latino Leader teams have done a great deal of work in the past months in gathering information from their peers, developing programs based on their peers interests and bringing information to school administration about the Latino high school student experience. e Latino Leaders have done an amazing job of bringing difficult issues to the task force, and generating ideas of how to address Latino student concerns. In the past 18 months, I have had the incredible fortune of working alongside these brilliant students, as well as with the incredibly caring faculty that are committed to the Latino community. e amount of time that the students and staff have committed to the Latino Support System thus far is a true testament to the determination the school has to improving its students’ experiences.

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My role in the Latino Support System has been to develop a research framework for the program, work alongside the LSD administration, offer MSU resources when needed and support the Latino Leader teams. I have met with LSD staff to organize a spring and fall retreat focused on building community amongst the students, identifying the purpose of the Latino Support System, and organizing Latino Leader team initiated programs.

e Lansing school staff and administration made a decision that will forever change its relationship to Latino students and the ways in which it engages with the Latino community.


Over the course of the last few months, I have met with the students in their schools to discuss the dierence between public universities versus private colleges, and how to prepare for higher education. î “e students were interested in my journey through school, and my path to becoming a professor. I have also had the privilege to assist students in developing websites, surveys, and ways to reach out to their peers. In the coming months I will work with the Latino Leader teams while they organize their events, and find ways to connect Michigan State University to the Latino Support System. I am a firm believer that Michigan State University has a responsibility to support Lansing school students, and have committed myself to supporting the school in anyway that I can. Right now, serving as a member of the Latino Support System is one way I can support the tremendous eorts of the Lansing schools to better serve its students and families. I am so grateful for this opportunity to work alongside Latino students from Sexton, Eastern, and Everett high schools, counselors from all three high schools, administration, and other MSU allies. It is because of the heart these folks have shown to the Latino Support System that I can sincerely promise to do the best I can in my role in serving Lansing schools students and families.

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Adelante Forward magazine Jan/Feb 2017  

Our January/February 2017 issue is our 35th edition of Adelante Forward magazine. This issue focuses on volunteerism, specifically the Foste...

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