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Talk to your neighbors :. Engaging the Local Hispanic Community Windy Roberts, University of Minnesota, Morris. Background Information AbOUT Morris . Population 5,000, with growing Hispanic community

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talk to your neighbors

Talk to your neighbors:

Engaging the Local Hispanic Community

Windy Roberts,

University of Minnesota, Morris

background information about morris
Background InformationAbOUT Morris
  • Population 5,000, with growing Hispanic community
  • Main employers: Superior, Hospital, Public schools, Riverview Dairy,and the University of Minnesota
  • The role of the university
  • The role of the Morris community
  • Center for small towns: Grants to assess the impact of the increasing Hispanic population in Morris.
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Talk to your neighbors

Ways to integrate the growing Hispanic community in Morris involving Spanish students:

  • ESL program
  • Jane Addams Project
  • Soccer league
  • Spanish conversation table
  • Lazos community group

Always keeping in mind also the benefits for our students

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ESL
  • ESL program at UMM Morris
  • Volunteers get 10 hours of training from the Minnesota Literacy Council to become English Language Tutors. Followed up by 6 hours of observations in the classroom.
  • The volunteer instructors: 10 out of the 20 volunteers are majors or minors in Spanish
  • These volunteers meet once a week to plan their classes and three hours a week to teach.
  • Sixty Hispanics from the community attend ESL classes.
jane addams democracy project
Jane Addams Democracy Project
  • What is it?
  • Jane Addams School for Democracy brings immigrant families, college students and other community members together to do public work and learning. It is a community-based initiative inspired by the vision of democracy, productive citizenship, and popular education held by settlement house pioneers like Jane Addams, who created Hull House in Chicago in 1889.
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Jane Addams Project

Through the Jane Addams Projects the students have the opportunity to:

  • Exchange opinions
  • Support and share cultural values
  • Present individual perspectives on contemporary and historical issues
  • Develop leaderships role as community enablers
community standard
Community Standard

Participate in Multilingual Communities at Home & Around the World

  • Standard 5.1: Students use the language both within and beyond the school setting.
  • Standard 5.2: Students show evidence of becoming life-long learners by using the language for personal enjoyment and enrichment.
cultures standard
Cultures standard

Gain Knowledge and Understanding of Other Cultures

  • Standard 2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.
  • Standard 2.2: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the culture studied.
la mesa de conversaci n
La mesa de conversación

Place where three communities get together to:

  • Meet once a week
  • Informally talk in Spanish about anything
social and sports activities
Social and sports activities

Soccer:

  • Once a week in the winter
  • Students from UMM and the Morris community gather
  • Making new friends while playing a sport
lazos who are we
Lazos: WHO ARE WE?
  • A group of local community members working towards creating opportunities for the growing Morris Community.
  • The goal of this group is to help Latino immigrants build relationships within Morris in order to maintain a healthy, dynamic and prosperous community.
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