Category Archives: Employment & Internships

Every dollar I saved would get me closer to my dream

(We are reposting from the OnUp Suntrust site with permission from Yeny.If you want to read the original article, please click here) As a college student studying finance in Colombia, Yeny Malaver, now 37, faced a grim reality: Even once she completed her degree, a career might always be out of reach. “I didn’t have any connections, and in Colombia

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For immigrant workers, corporate health plans can be an awkward fit

This article was originally published by Georgia Health News, a nonprofit covering health news in the state.  This piece is the ninth in a series of articles reported in Northwest Georgia, an area rich in stories about unmet health needs and about people and programs making a difference. Georgia Health News and the health and medical journalism graduate program at UGA Grady

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DACAmented in Georgia

In 2012, an important documentary under the name of “Illegal” was part of the official selection for the LA Shorts Fest featuring interviews with undocumented young immigrants, faith, civil and political leaders. At the time of the screening, President Obama had announced the DACA program and while it was relevant at the time, the documentary found the spotlight (again) a

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Women’s History Month. Latinas in Georgia

Women’s History Month originated in 1981 with a law passed by Congress establishing “Women’s History Week.” Then in 1987, the week was expanded to an entire month to celebrate and honor women’s contributions in the US; expanding on March 8th to encompass the celebration of International Women’s Day. It is no secret that women and especially Latinas are very much invisible

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A Georgia dreamer who came to America as infant and attends college now: “Let me stay”

(This post originally appear at the “Get Schooled” blog at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  You can click here to read it there. The essay is being reposted with Jaime Rangel’s permission) Jaime Rangel is a Dalton State College student now working as an intern in Atlanta. Brought to the United States as an infant, Rangel is part of the  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

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Barriers for Latinos in Athens-Clark County, a Needs Assessment by PORTAL

Last week, PORTAL, the University of Georgia’s Latin American & Caribbean Studies Insitute shared the findings of their comprehensive needs assessment conducted in 2015-2016 in the community in Athens-Clarke County, Ga. In addition to growth reflected in a share of 22.5% of the local school district, some of the challenges are reflective of the general picture we have of the

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Latest Research, Reports for Professionals Working with the Latino/Hispanic community

(for more reports, please click on the tabs under “Facts, Reports & More” in our main menu) NEW!  Foundation Funding for Hispanics/Latinos in the US NEW! Walking Communities, A Collaborative Social Justice ToolKit NEW! Getting Georgia Covered: WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM CONSUMER AND ASSISTER EXPERIENCES DURING THE THIRD OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD? Georgians For a Healthy Future. NEW!!!  Download the ““Strenghtening Latino Families in Georgia,

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Where is Laura now?

Many of you may remember Laura Diaz-Villaquiran, a young woman from Colombia that arrived to Georgia as a refugee a few years ago.  Laura came with her family, a mother, a father and a young brother. Laura has already lived what most of us will never experience: War, the lost of loved ones, depression, being forced to move to a

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“When immigration is NOT on the table, Latinos have the luxury, like everybody else, to vote on policy”

A couple of days ago I was lucky to attend the Annual GALEO Breakfast, the keynote address was delivered by Sylvia Manzano, Ph.D and Principal of Latino Decisions. Dr. Manzano went through several statistics and charts, but a single comment stayed with me when she was explaining the way Latinos saw the election, the candidates, the issues:  “Sometimes reality has

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