Education is the key to success for Delaware’s Hispanics

Governor’s Consortium on Hispanic Affairs Study Identifies Issues to Address


Wilmington, DE – According to a new study, long and sometimes atypical work schedules are the greatest challenges Delaware’s Hispanics face in learning their new native language – they simply can not find classes they can attend. In fact, bilingual Hispanics feel they have a competitive advantage in the First State’s job market because of the high demand for workers who can speak both Spanish and English. Increasing access to English classes and other ways to improve the quality of life for the state’s Hispanic population will be discussed at an event sponsored by the Governor’s Consortium on Hispanic Affairs on Thursday, August 21 at 11:00 a.m. in Arsht Hall at the University of Delaware in Wilmington.

What: Results of the 2008 Delaware Hispanic Needs Assessment, conducted on behalf of the Governor’s Consortium on Hispanic Affairs by nationally known Bendixen and Associations, will provide much-needed information about the status of Hispanic Delawareans, their key issues and needs.

When: Thursday, August 21, 2008, 11:00 a.m.

Where: Arsht Hall, University of Delaware, 2600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington, Delaware.

Who: Governor Ruth Ann Minner, philanthropist Adrienne Arsht, members of the Governor’s Consortium on Hispanic Affairs and key leaders of Delaware’s Hispanic community.

Why: Established by Governor Ruth Ann Minner to identify and address the many unique challenges and unmet needs of Delaware’s Hispanic population, members represent business, government, finance, education and nonprofit organizations and enhance the work of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic Affairs. Leaders in government, education, business, religion and community organizations and over 800 Latinos throughout the state were interviewed during the eight-month study. Results will be used to help the Consortium set goals and priorities as well as plan for project funding.

Continuing support for the Consortium has been provided by the Arsht-Cannon Fund of the Delaware Community Foundation, and other foundations and governmental entities. The Arsht-Cannon Fund, endowed by the late Honorable Roxana and Samuel Arsch and under advisement by their daughter Adrienne Arsht, supports projects that address the greatest unmet needs of Hispanic Delawareans.

About the Delaware Community Foundation: The Delaware Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that ‘connects people who care with causes that matter’ by managing charitable funds and awarding grants to nonprofits to benefit Delawareans and their communities.

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