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Interesting and useful new book: ¡Hola, amigos! A Plan for Latino Outreach 2010
Author: Susana G. Baumann

Greenwood Publishers announce Hola, amigos! A Plan for Latino Outreach:

Latinos are the fastest growing population in the United States, and are creating a large bilingual market. Librarians are often eager to attract, serve, and retain Latino patrons, and library services are sorely needed by the Latino community; but it takes more than adding a few Spanish-language books to the collection to meet those needs. Besides the cultural and language barriers library personnel encounter when interacting with this community, libraries generally lack the funding to engage in multicultural advertising as well as the time and specialized personnel to do it. This book provides a practical, easy-to-follow guide to creating a bilingual-friendly facility that will attract Latino users.

¡Hola, amigos!: A Plan for Latino Outreach offers users a systematic, orderly plan that directs outreach activity with worksheets, discussion reports, and easy-to-follow schedules, and more than 100 marketing ideas, tips, and examples from libraries around the country that can easily be incorporated into day-to-day activities. Many of the strategies can be applied to outreach of other minorities as well.

Libraries Unlimited
Series: Latinos and Libraries Series

Cover Paperback
Pages 409
Volumes 1
Size 8 1/2x11

Susam Baumann



Susana G. Baumann, an Argentine American, is the Director of LCSWorldwide Language and Multicultural Marketing Communications, a company currently located in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Since 1996, LCSWorldwide has helped many organizations develop multicultural marketing, outreach and communication programs in the areas of healthcare, education, and public service in seven different states. Her book, “¡Hola, amigos! A Plan for Latino Outreach for Library Personnel,” has been published by Connecticut publisher ABC-CLIO/ Libraries Unlimited, Inc.

Baumann is an experienced community organizer and strategic planner in leading strategic and tactical execution of branded multi-cultural marketing initiatives to help brand teams accomplish goals for building brand equity among key professional target audiences and consumer segments. She has worked with community leaders, community advisory boards and market channels at local and regional levels to achieve support for community coalitions and collaborative projects.


“In 1985, 80% of the Foreign Service “professional staff” (including FSOs and Foreign Service Specialists) was male, and 72.5% was white male.  Among the minorities, 5.4% were African American, 3.4% Hispanic, and 0.7% Asian American.  Twenty years later, in 2005, the male/female ratio was 66/34, and white males constituted 54% of the total.  The African American percentage was up to 6.5%, Hispanics were at 5.2% and Asian Americans were also at 5.2%.  Between 1985 and 2005, the numbers of Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders remained very small, rising from 0.4% to 0.7%.”

The above statistics make us think:  Why is the percentage of minorities in the US Foreign Service so minute?  Why have the numbers risen only marginally in the last twenty or so years?  What can be done to change that?  In the context of the predictions that the United States is heading towards becoming one of predominantly of people of color such questions become even more vital.  How do we prepare the increasingly diverse population in the US for serving as ambassadors or in other positions at the US embassies or working abroad in private organizations, non profits and so forth? Census data predicts that by  2050, “…less than 53 percent would be non-Hispanic White; 16 percent would be Black; 23 percent would be Hispanic origin; 10 percent would be Asian and Pacific Islander; and about 1 percent would be American Indian, Eskimo, and Aleut.” (U. S. Census Bureau 2010) is one organization, whose mission is to: “To ensure that students from diverse economic, national, educational, social, and ethnic backgrounds are aware of, have equal access to, and take advantage of global education.”

ANDREW GORDON is the founder and president of Diversity Abroad. He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco, where he studied business, economics and Spanish. He has studied, traveled and worked throughout Europe, South America and Middle East. He started Diversity Abroad in 2006 with the focus of significantly increasing the number of non-traditional students who pursue international education opportunities.

Read more about this very valuable organization, full of resources for students, faculty, staff and practitioners of study abroad, in particular for minorities, at:


Shirlington Library Poetry Forum

Shirlington Library

Common people, like you and I, are trying to have an impact on people’s lives every day through diverse ways … writing, organizing, speaking, etc.  Each effort made is a step in some direction ... hopefully positive … hopefully one that energizes self and others to reflect and consider how to look at their lives and those of others in a constructive manner, and respond equally, so that the end result is to feel nurtured, rejuvenated, full of energy and strength to carry on despite the daily tribulations and challenges that life throws our way.  One such simple attempt is the Shirlington Library Poetry Forum.

The Online Poetry Forum for the Shirlington Library, of the Arlington County Public Library (ACPL) system, has been up and running for a little more than  1½ years.  It is free to sign up and open to everyone.
Users can post original works for feedback, chat about other topics in the lounge, and share information about poetry/literary events.

The forum was started by ACPL staff member Geoff Koury to expand the Library's online presence, and to compliment the monthly Poetry Workshops that he facilitates at the Shirlington Library.  Many who attended, and still attend the workshops have signed up and are contributing their work to receive feedback and critiques. There is also a substantial number of 80 registered users who have never been inside the Library; indeed, some are even outside the U.S.A.!

The main URL is:

Some of the sections wherein individuals can post their poetry include:

Poetry Feedback

Polished Poetry 


Shared Verse




If you wish to check out the forum, please click on Poetry Forums @ and

if you wish to join the forum, please click on:

Below are two poems by Geoff Koury:

Also, to learn more about him, please click on:

Geoff Koury



Sitting in the still, afternoon air          
I slowly focus on something,  
But I argued   
That nothing was ever there.  
Maybe I'm surrounded
By so much life; so much       
So that I feel that living defies me,     
And all my reasoning is left    
To gather thoughts into emptiness.    
Like apples     
With their forms that suggest perfection,       
Yet hide within their cores that hollowness   
Our teeth discover     
After cutting through what was so sweet.


Electric Light

Electric Light,
What do you reflect?  
Magnified within yourself       
The culmination of intellect.  
No smoke do you produce,    
Unless from our neglect          
We mishandle you,     
Or upon an assembly line       
Instill you with a defect.         
Say we have forgotten,           
And laid you down     
Beside some cotton, say,        
For too long awhile;   
Then your ancient form arises,           
Seeking all that would contribute       
To its blazing fire;      
To its glowing majesty
Now freed,     
To your wildness        
And our smoldering attempts 
To hold you in captivity.


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Read about these wonderful organizations or websites that are encouraging and nurturing diversity in unique ways.

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation identifies, inspires, prepares and positions Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce.  HHF is a 501c3 (Federal ID# 52-1818255) nonprofit organization and all sponsorships facilitate its year-round programs including the Hispanic Heritage Awards, Youth Awards, LOFT (Latinos on Fast Track) Network, Speakers Bureau, and is the nation's primary resource portal for business connections.
It is a membership-based exchange platform that facilitates contacts and communication, supplier diversity tools, streamlines business processes and provides vital business news and information


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Tribute to Dr. Dorothy Height

On April 20, 2010, a beautiful woman, who touched the lives of so many with her inspiring spirit, passed away. Dr.Dorothy Height was a legend; will remain one, and forever find a place in our hearts as one of those illuminating beings whose memory reminds us that nothing is impossible. In November 2003, the Graduate School, Howard University invited Dr. Height to inaugurate its Women’s Studies program. The Blackburn Center Ballroom was filled much beyond capacity with students, faculty and staff. She came in all her regalia-- and one of her fabulous hats—and answered numerous questions---enlightening everyone with her wise words in a widely ranging interview conducted by former dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Orlando L.Taylor. (My own small observation, which might not be true at all, is that her favorite color was royal purple!) A short write up on her visit to Howard appeared in the Howard Capstone Online. It is available at:

Below, salutes Dorothy Height.

Dorothy Height: Standing Up For Her Rights


Lopez D. Matthews, Jr., PhD  

Born March 24, 1912, in Richmond, Virginia and raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Dorothy Irene Height grew up in a period of increased unrest within the African American community. The 1920s saw the rise of what famed sociologist Alain Locke described as the era of the “New Negro.” This “New Negro” was more educated than past generations of African Americans and was more willing to fight for their rights than their predecessors. They were the backbone of the Harlem Renaissance, a period of artistic, cultural and intellectual development centered in the New York City neighborhood of Harlem but stretching into other African American centers such as Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. With her bachelor’s and a master’s degree from New York University, Height became a shining example of what the “New Negro” represented.

As the Great Depression ravaged the United States, Height and many of her compatriots dedicated themselves to helping those suffering from this economic devastation. Height began her career of service as a caseworker for the New York City Welfare Department. Continuing her service to youth, Height soon left the Welfare Department to work for the Young Women’s Christian Association in 1944. During this time, Height became an active member of the National Council of Negro Women under the mentorship of civil rights icon Mary McLeod Bethune, the organization’s founder. Height became President of the organization in 1957, a position she held for forty years. As leader of a major civil rights organization composed of women, Height was thrust into a position of working to eradicate inequalities in the larger society but also to fight male chauvinism within the Civil Rights Movement itself.

Although women were the backbone of the Civil Rights Movement, Height was one of the few women in a leadership position. It was a commonly held belief throughout the movement that women could not be leaders and that people would not follow a female leader. This dynamic is best seen in Joann Gibson Robinson’s The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It. It is also evident in Height’s memoir, Open Wide the Freedom Gates. In her later years, Height discussed the ways in which she would fight this chauvinism. For example, in group photographs with other civil rights leaders including Martin Luther King, Jr., A. Phillip Randolph and Whitney Young, Height would always stand in the center of the photograph. Standing in the center ensured that Height would not be cropped out of the photo by editors eager to reflect an all male leadership. She also insisted on being on stage during the historic March of Washington in 1965, although no women were allowed to address the audience.

On April 20, 2010, the world lost one of the few remaining national leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, Dorothy Irene Height.  Height was one of the most dynamic members of an earlier generation of African American leaders who dedicated their entire lives to the pursuit of freedom and true citizenship for every American regardless of skin color, race or gender. For today’s youth, Height should be an example of what perseverance and hard work can accomplish. First as a worker for the YWCA, and later as president of the National Council of Negro Women, Height dedicated over seventy years of her life in service to others. Dorothy Height is an example of what strength and determination can accomplish and is a shining example for leaders of today.

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Picture 1: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Picture 2: United Methodist Church's Website

Picture 3: The Smithsonian Institution

Lopez D. Matthews, Jr. PhD, is employed as an Adjunct Professor at Coppin State University, Baltimore, Maryland and as an Archives Technician at the National Archives in College Park, MD


Read more about Dorothy Height at:


Read below about this very interesting website:       

Euromight: Telling Europe’s Multicultural Stories   


Olive Vassell  

There are not many more personal aspects of life than one’s culture, one’s origins, and one’s sense of belonging in the world. These are topics multicultural Europeans must often consider.

If you are born on a continent in which identity is part of the national conversation, as is the case most recently with France, finding one’s cultural and social self is tricky at best.

Many Europeans with non-white immigrant roots have had to evaluate to what extent theyhave truly been accepted in their respective European homelands. Although I was born and raised in the UK, am I English, or should I identify with the Afro-Caribbean moniker -- which does not address my birthplace -- which was popular when I was a child?       

I was keenly aware from an early age that my family and other immigrant families were rarely represented in the social, cultural and political landscapes around us. That --  to some extent -- is changing, although not quickly enough for any European of color.           

I was not surprised to find that many multicultural Europeans struggle with the same issue. That we are unaware of each other’s presence in London, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, and other cities of the world speaks volumes about the integration and acceptance of people of color into cities and towns across Europe.

Euromight has been years in the making. It is the product of lengthy considerations and research about identity and color. Its mission is to tell the European stories largely ignored throughout the continent and beyond.

A journalist with years of experience across many platforms, I have a deeply personal interest in the topic because of my own heritage. My goal was to create a news outlet that also serves as an educational source for multicultural Europeans and those who are interested in them.        

I began physical work on the site in early 2009, creating its composition and gathering the pan-European connections I would need to provide content. I chose to use English – a connecting language in Europe – with translation options.

In addition to being an aggregator site providing an information gateway for and about multicultural Europeans, from the outset I was clear that I wanted Euromight to provide original content. We increasingly produce our own stories, profiling individuals, well known and not, who share a multicultural heritage and thus a perspective that is frequently missing from mainstream European society.

The response has been warm and embracing. News of the site is spreading across multicultural communities throughout Europe.  We are aware that there are many stories to tell and look forward to fulfilling that goal. It seems that there are many others of like mind; A decade into the 21st century, the field is experiencing increased interest  -- from academic institutions and scholars even as multicultural Europeans take to the Internet to share their stories.

Note: Olive Vassell is an assistant professor of Journalism at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C.  She was born and raised in London.

Visit Euromight at


Association For Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT)

Knowledge Is Power: Safety While Travelling Abroad In Diverse Settings, Cultures and People

Travelling anywhere, within one’s country or abroad, is always an exciting thought!  Diverse new places, diverse people, diverse cultures, currencies, languages, etc., intrigue many among us.  The sheer joy of seeing different places and learning from the different people that we meet is an unforgettable experience -- an experience that should be enjoyable and safe and not one full of anxieties or one that ends in some kind of tragedy.  Thus, we need to prepare ourselves for travel, especially when going abroad, devoting time, forethought, energy and money, if we want the best out of that experience.  The Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) has developed various initiatives that can assist individuals while travelling by road in another country. ASIRT has devoted itself to this cause since 1995.  Below is a blurb from the ASIRT website about its origins:

ASIRT Banner

The Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that promotes road travel safety through education and advocacy. ASIRT was founded in 1995 in response to the death of Aron Sobel who was killed in a bus crash in Turkey along with 22 other passengers from many countries. Aron's graduation from the University of Maryland Medical School would have taken place two weeks from the day he was killed. The bus driver was speeding down the wrong lane of a narrow, ill-maintained road with a sharp curve and no guard rail. The road had long been on a government list of "black spots" in need of repair. The speeding bus hit oncoming traffic and plunged down a deep embankment, landing on its side. Emergency medical crews were slow to respond. This preventable crash exemplifies the risks to which international travelers are exposed. Following the death of Aron, Ambassador Marc Grossman, U.S. Ambassador to Ankara at the time, recommended the creation of a road safety organization to protect both American citizens abroad and residents of countries around the world. ASIRT seeks to dramatically reduce the risk of travelers to and citizens of countries throughout the world.

ASIRT is the only U.S.-based international road safety organization dedicated to improving global road safety through education and advocacy. ASIRT produces annually updated, detailed road travel reports for over 150 countries, which enable travelers to make informed travel choices. ASIRT serves as a resource to governments, corporations, travel organizations, guidebooks, study abroad programs, health/travel clinics and non-governmental organizations. ASIRT also helps foster the development of new road safety organizations in other countries.

Enjoy the diversity and diverse experiences that travel brings to your mind and heart.  Travelling is an enlightening experience in global diversity…relish it by being a well- informed, well-prepared and well-educated traveler.  ASIRT can assist you in this effort.  For more information on  ASIRT initiatives please visit ASIRT’s website:


Call for Participation
Howard University Spring 2010 Symposium

Appropriaate Technology Across the Hemispheres: Asia, Africa and the Americas

April 30 – May 1, 2010, Blackburn Center
Howard University, Washington


DC Fund for Academic Excellence
Office of the Provost

Symposium Highlights

Bunker Roy, The Barefoot College Tilonia, Rajesthan, India
Zeinab Blandia , Ruya Organization, Nuba Mountains, Sudan
Gada Kadoda, The Internationa Network on Appropriate Technology (INAT)Representative, Sudan
Engineer’s Without Borders, HU Chapter, Project: Kenya, Brazil
Judy Fisher: Appropriate Technology for Reconstruction of Haiti
Tostan Group, Rural Electrification in Senegal



Dr. John Tharakan, Spring 2010 Symposium, Chair
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