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Diversity and Difference

Diversity and Difference

The Office of Multicultural Affairs recognizes
Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.

The term Hispanic, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Spanish-speaking people in the United States of any race. On the 2000 Census form, people of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or "other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino." More than 35 million people identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino on the 2000 Census.


MSPP En la Comunidad…

Dr. SilvaDr. Arlene Silva joined the core faculty of the MSPP School Psychology program in August, 2011. She was asked to share a few words on her professional experience in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month:

“I grew up as one of a handful of Puerto Rican families in a suburban community at a time when it wasn’t particularly popular to be of Hispanic descent. Even though I didn’t know what my career path would be, I knew I wanted to put my bilingual and bicultural skills to good use. Since becoming a school psychologist, this is exactly what I’ve tried to do. Training and working in urban public school systems in Maryland, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, I have provided direct psychological services such as bilingual counseling, crisis response, and comprehensive assessment, and led newcomer groups in Spanish for children of recently arrived immigrant families.

During my time in the schools, I have also seen tremendous need for systems-level change. By consulting collaboratively with teachers and administrators, I have worked to ensure that all students receive instruction matched to their needs within classrooms and schools that are social-emotionally, behaviorally, and culturally relevant. Applying my skills in this manner has enabled me to indirectly impact far more children and families than I ever could have alone.

I feel privileged to have worked with the resilient kids and families I’ve met along the way, as well as with educators who have truly redefined what it means to do hard work. I am thrilled to have an opportunity now to continue to impact the profession of school psychology from my new position at MSPP, and pleased that MSPP is committed to honoring and serving the Latino population -- not only during Hispanic Heritage month, but in many meaningful ways throughout the year.”


MSPP Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

10th Annual 5K Lucero Run/Walk
Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 10:30 am, Rain or Shine!

Excerpts from our Latino Mental Health Blog "MSPP's Rincon Latino"

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Updated 10/10/11

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