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Sept. 18 event promotes Latino cultural awareness and education in Clackamas County

COURTESY PHOTO - Members of the Hispanic Interagency Networking Team and guests are pictured at a recent Hangout networking event which meets every other month at Tachos in Oregon City. The next event is at 4 p.m. on Oct. 17. Everyone who works with, serves, appreciates and loves the Latino community, particularly Latino service providers working in Clackamas County, should attend the Hispanic Heritage Forum, said Diana Camarillo, Latina Services coordinator for Clackamas Women's Services.

Camarillo also is co-chair of the steering committee for the Hispanic Interagency Networking Team, one of the sponsors of the forum, which takes place from 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Youth Music Project, 2015 Eighth Ave., West Linn.

Those who work with nonprofits and county and state employees also are welcome to attend the forum, along with people of color, Camarillo said.

Hispanic Heritage Forum

The agenda for the forum will include "a sharing of stories, lived experiences and historical journeys," she said, adding that HINT is putting on the forum to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, and promote cultural awareness of Latino voices.

Camarillo said she is most looking forward to "presenters' stories and leadership trajectory; a moment of collective unity and historical embrace."

The forum, she noted is the result of a collaboration between HINT and Clackamas County's Children, Youth and Families Division, put together to promote "the empowerment, anti-oppression and inclusivity of a resilient Latino community."

Speakers include Maria Chavez-Haroldson and Michael Montoya.

Chavez-Haroldson is a graduate of Gladstone High School and now lives in Corvallis. She is a social justice advocate and renowned leader in equity, diversity and inclusivity in corporate and government practices.

Montoya owns Montoya Consulting, which seeks to build strong partnerships and create equitable collaborations.

HINT

The Hispanic Interagency Networking Team is a group of professionals committed to providing culturally relevant services and resources to Latinos in Clackamas County.

One such partner is Todos Juntos, an organization that partners with schools, other nonprofits, local law enforcement, Clackamas County agencies, community organizations, United Way and others to enhance local resources and services for youth and families. These services are available in English and/or Spanish through evidence-based, community-supported activities provided at K-12 schools around Clackamas County.

Other partners include Clackamas Women's Services, Clackamas County Children, Family and Community Connections, Clackamas Community College, Oregon Youth Authority, Clackamas County Social Services, Worksource/Clackamas and Oregon Department of Human Services.

Two other upcoming events in Oregon City include a drop-in "Hang-Out" for service providers from 4-6 p.m. at Tacho's Mexican Restaurant, 515 Molalla Ave., and a Domestic Violence Services Forum from 3-4:30 p.m. on Nov. 20 at the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road.

HINT backs Latino service providers

HINT formed in 1988 under the name Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker Task Force to address the shortage of housing for agricultural workers.

In 1997, the name was changed to the Hispanic Interagency Networking Team, because it better reflected the purpose of the group.

The need for collaboration among service providers has increased, because the Latino population in Clackamas County is growing rapidly.

The 2017 U.S. Census estimated the Latino population to be 8.7%, up nearly 5% from the 2000 census.

HINT organizers said there is a significant need to help organizations in the county provide bilingual and culturally appropriate social and educational services and promote cultural heritage to Latinos in the community.

For more information about these events, visit hintclackamas.com or call 503-650-5693.


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