It’s a question on many observers’ minds in an election year: Will Latinos vote in large numbers? And why, historically, haven’t they?Davíd Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor for the Study of Latin America, had an answer for a group of young Latinos gathered at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) on Wednesday, and it had very little to do with numbers (say, the 50 percent voter registration rate among Hispanics) or political theories.Instead, his answer came from a phrase coined by poet Robert Duncan: “across great scars of wrong.” In this case, it was a metaphor not just for the long-embattled Mexican border but for generations of oppression and exclusion from mainstream American civic life.“We’ve got to face up to those great scars of wrong,” Carrasco practically yelled at his 41 charges. “Under great leadership and great courage, we can heal those scars.”The Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI), where Carrasco was holding forth, might be Harvard’s most comprehensive attempt yet to help mend that deep-seated wound. Now in its third year, the program, sponsored by the Center for Public Leadership and funded by outside donors, brings promising college students to Harvard for a week of community-organizing training, personal reflection, and networking.LLI’s instructors, drawn from across Harvard’s Schools, see the program as a chance to address a leadership deficit in the country’s young and rapidly growing Latino population.“This group is really crucial to the prospects of the nation,” said Andy Zelleke, a Harvard Business School senior lecturer and LLI’s faculty director. “Young Latinos are going to be, disproportionately, the engine of the United States’ population growth. This is a source of potentially great strength for the U.S.”What those communities need, LLI argues, is savvy advocates and organizers. The program — which draws from eight schools, including the local University of Massachusetts, Boston — doesn’t look for “valedictorians,” Zelleke said, but for students of any ethnicity with a track record of serving Latino populations.“The commitment they feel toward bettering their communities is really palpable,” Zelleke said. “They’re hungry for the tools to be more effective.”“What we’re trying to do is take it to the next level,” he explained. “We’re trying to give them a structured approach to developing their own leadership this week and, more important, after they leave campus.”While students take courses in more straightforward community-organizing skills — such as Zelleke’s negotiation class, and a session on public speaking — the core of the curriculum is developed around the ideas of Marshall Ganz, a senior lecturer in public policy at HKS who spent nearly three decades as an organizer, primarily with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers in California. A part of Ganz’s focus is helping students to develop public narratives — of their own lives, their communities, and their shared mission.To drive the concept home, LLI brings in a host of successful guest speakers, such as U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz, for its students, 70 percent of whom are the first in their families to attend college.“She comes from Spanish Harlem just like me; she’s Puerto Rican just like me,” Paul Rosario, a student from the City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College, said, referring to Ortiz. “To hear how close our stories are really motivated me.”During the week, student teams from each of the colleges develop community service projects to implement, with ongoing help from LLI leaders, once they return to their home campuses in the fall.In just two years, the program boasts impressive success stories. Texas A&M International University’s (TAMIU) cohorts have hosted an ongoing mentoring program that has served more than 300 undergraduates. LLI participants from the University of Texas-Pan American have helped register more than 6,000 young voters.“The whole pattern of development where a learner becomes a teacher is a very powerful model,” Ganz said.Perhaps more important, the program has attracted true believers among university administrators. TAMIU President Ray Keck travels to LLI with his students each year. (“If Harvard says, ‘Come join us,’ everyone’s going to say ‘yes,’ ” Keck said plainly.)TAMIU’s student body is 95 percent Latino. The campus is located in Laredo, a city where 99 percent of public school students qualify for the federal lunch program. Spanish is pervasive. “My kids grew up with it as their first language,” Keck said. The idea of training just a handful of high-achieving Latino students in such a disadvantaged community wouldn’t suffice.“It wasn’t until I came here that I realized leadership needs to be intentional,” Keck said. “Leadership is about community, and helping empower that community.” In part thanks to LLI, TAMIU now offers a leadership minor and certificate program.LLI’s leaders recognize that many young Latinos face serious hurdles — endemic poverty, the language barrier, and ever-changing (and controversial) immigration laws, to name a few. But “there’s a tremendous energy in the community, a lot of hope, a lot of youth,” said Ganz. The students also have unprecedented access to higher education, in part “because of the fact that their parents’ [generation] organized and fought for those rights,” he said.Rubi Almanza, 21, a rising senior at the University of California, Merced, certainly fit that description. Almanza’s trip to Cambridge marked her first time traveling outside California since she came to the United States with her farm-worker parents and two younger siblings five years ago.Though she had faced a steep learning curve in her American high school — she at first spoke no English — she became determined by her senior year to be the first person in her family to go to college. She now attends UC Merced full time and still lives with her parents in nearby Planada, in community housing for migrant workers.An applied mathematics major, her goal is to return to her predominantly Spanish-speaking high school in Planada to teach math, and to inspire more students to attend college. LLI was her first experience with leadership training, she said.“I’m learning so much more than I was expecting,” Almanza said. “This has changed my life. It’s been such a great opportunity, and I’ll never forget it.”
March 1, 2021
For the past 26 years, Phillips Brooks House has collected gifts and donations during the holiday season for several community-based programs in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston. This holiday season, the Phillips Brooks House Toy and Joy Drive will be running virtually to help community partners through the challenging months ahead.More than 40 Harvard-based departments and programs have generously supported Harvard’s holiday giving efforts. Major collaborators and supporters of this program include Harvard Medical School, Memorial Church, Harvard Libraries, Office for the Arts at Harvard, and the Harvard University Retirees Association.On Dec. 1, links to community partner wish lists will go live on the Phillips Brooks House website. Community partners have a wide range of needs including books, sports equipment, games, toys, and art supplies.For more information about how you or your department can support Harvard’s holiday giving efforts, contact Travis Lovett at [email protected]as.harvard.edu.
December 17, 2020
Conundrum 101 – people don’t know about credit unions? What? Why? How can that be? Let’s open their eyes and tell our story. Cool! United messages make us stronger, collaborating to find solutions with key thought leadership. It is happening, and when consumers become aware, are we ready to emotionally connect them to what it feels like to be a member, to belong. Relevant membership is all about the feeling of belonging to something more than a transaction account. Remember when members had a common bond, they knew who they were pooling their money for and why it made a difference to real people? Lifelong membership comes from knowing a credit union cared and helped you at a time of need. Some think that the sense of collective interest went away with digital transformation, but not me – evidence shows that all generations are gathering online for what’s trending, what are key health issues, what friends are attending and who shared a common experience with them. This conundrum took me back to Maslow’s hierarchy and how applies to financial services.I googled ‘key business leader characteristics.’ The first article that came up was from Inc., and the first item on the list was self-awareness. This characteristic aligns with the pinnacle of Maslow’s Hierarchy of human needs, self-actualization.Many credit union leaders possess this awareness, this drive to be the most they can be, whether successful as a credit union professional, a leader of people or helper of those who haven’t reached self-actualization yet. These are the people who will lead credit unions to continued greatness, because they grasp the big picture and express empathy, for their employees, their members and all human beings.Research has determined that when organizations are mission-driven like credit unions and their leaders are passionate about the philosophy and strategy of the organization, employees are more motivated and engaged. Forbes reported that nearly three-quarters of millennials say they are not feeling engaged or are actively disengaged at work. Further, a Harvard Business Review study found that when employees find meaning at work, they are twice as satisfied and three times more likely to stay, which saves the credit union money and bolsters success in today’s talent war environment.When employees are engaged, they better serve your members and your business. Then, they can reach those levels of love, belonging and esteem that put them on the path to self-actualization in their work. Doing the right thing is good business and these credit unions become heroes through their leadership and vulnerable collaboration, helping their members achieve their own path to self-actualization.The Mitchell Stankovic Underground Community thought leaders will tackle membership growth by challenging the fundamentals of Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs and the RAW, life stage our members are facing. Identifying and navigating solutions through credit unions that also make sense for credit unions.Physiological needs: When we’re young, we need some of the basics for launching our lives. Young adult members might feel lost. They need a home, possibly a car and, of course, a job to pay for it all. It can be overwhelming but removing some of that uncertainty by providing financial education, information and products and services with their specific needs in mind is what credit unions can do best. Or as we confront life’s challenges: divorce, death, addiction, health issues, gender, our once self-actualized world falls apart.Safety needs: Safety means many things to many people. For some, it may be having a safe place to put their retirement nest egg. For others, granting a home equity loan to replace a front door that may not be as secure as they would like to protect their family in an area that may be affordable for them but high-crime. And still others might need the very basics of safety, like those surviving the ongoing earthquakes in Puerto Rico, which was wiped out just a few years ago by Hurricane Maria.Love and belonging: People literally belong to credit unions. We ask people to join us, but are we meeting them halfway: Are we joining them with any real connection? When this need is not met in humans, they may turn down dark paths. Minorities who are not accepted with open arms, not represented at your credit union, whether gender identity or preference, ethnicity or age, don’t feel like they belong. We must assimilate to our communities through financial inclusion, not the other way around.Esteem: Every car loan to a member with less-than-perfect credit (perhaps because they lost their job and now need a vehicle to get to a new one) supports the individual, the community and the credit union’s business. The credit union can charge less than the buy-here, pay-here shops, while still respectfully pricing to mitigate risk. Your credit union can improve someone’s finances in a highly stressful situation and help to boost their feeling of self-worth by providing a service that’s very common to you; not so much to the member.Self-actualization: Seeing how the credit union – through its well-trained employees who are on their own path to self-actualization – treats members and assists in their specific human condition, will reward you and them in many ways. Once the members achieve this status, they may decide to pay it forward, even volunteering at the credit union or getting involved in your foundation, and become evangelists of the credit union purpose. And the word of mouth marketing is priceless as they share what they’ve learned through life’s trials with the help of their credit union!What credit unions provide is not a commodity when the business operates in line with the foundational credit union philosophy: people helping people. And those people, consumers of financial services, have said they would change brands to one that is purpose-driven with similar price and quality – 91% of them according to Forbes. The article added that a study of 10 years of data found “purposeful, value-driven companies outperform their counterparts in stock price by a factor of twelve.” Eight of 10 American consumers also report they are more loyal to purpose-driven brands, according to For-Managers. Credit unions must get these members in all stages of their financial and life’s journeys – and keep them!When we, as leaders, have reached self-actualization, we must use it to share our experiences, bumps and all, with those who are rising up behind us. We must use it to sow seeds, helping our colleagues and members through words and deeds. And we must do this, knowing we could get knocked back down the ladder when unexpected personal or business issues send us reeling. That’s vulnerable collaboration. #STANDUP 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Susan Mitchell Susan Mitchell is a passionate believer in making a difference! As the CEO of Mitchell, Stankovic & Associates, a consulting firm that has provided over 5,000 credit unions innovative … Web: www.mitchellstankovic.com Details
October 18, 2020
Andreas Pereira scored his first Manchester United goal to draw his side level early in the second half (Picture: Getty)‘I was focussed on the win and help my team-mates. The manager gave me another chance today.‘We have to look one game at a time and are working hard on the training ground. We are ready for the challenge.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Comment Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku explains why he turned down chance to score hat-trick against Southampton Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Mar 2019 5:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Advertisement Romelu Lukaku’s winning goal helped Manchester United move into fourth place (Picture: Getty)‘We knew we had to win the game today and did it. Not our best game but we have to be happy,’ said Lukaku.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We created a lot of chances in the opening 10 minutes but won the game.‘I am a striker and I wanted Paul Pogba to score the penalty, he has been on a good run but he has been an important player for us and will bounce back. Advertisement Romelu Lukaku scored his fourth goal in two games to give Man Utd a late win over Southampton (Picture: Getty)Romelu Lukaku insists he was happy for Paul Pogba to take the late penalty which denied him an opportunity to score his first Manchester United hat-trick.The Belgium international scored his fourth goal of the week in the 88th minute at Old Trafford to send United into fourth place, overtaking Arsenal who drew with Spurs in the north London derby earlier on Saturday.Lukaku could have taken the injury-time penalty that would have extended United’s lead but watched on as Pogba saw his effort saved by Angus Gunn.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City
August 31, 2020
Dominica has become the latest Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country to announce the lifting of visa restrictions on nationals from Haiti, three months after CARICOM leaders agreed to the measure.Despite being part of the 15-member CARICOM grouping, Haitian nationals in the past have had to obtain a visa to enter several of the CARICOM countries.Barbados’ leadLast month, Barbados said Haitians would no longer require visas to enter the island and would be entitled to an automatic stay of six months upon their arrival in any CARICOM Member State.”Bridgetown noted that in accordance with the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and the Caribbean Community Law, CARICOM nationals travelling to other member states must possess sufficient financial resources to adequately maintain themselves without becoming a charge on public funds.Justice, Immigration and National Security Minister, Rayburn Blackmoore, said that Haitians have made a meaningful contribution to the socio-economic development of Dominica and that “the vision of CARICOM depends heavily on our integrated and unified Caribbean and that vision cannot be realized by the imposition of barriers to travel among member states.Allowed automatic entry “The Heads of Governments in 2007 decided that all CARICOM nationals should be allowed automatic entry in a push to enhance the sense of belonging and community, entry would be denied if citizens were deemed undesirable, a security threat and if they were likely to cause a burden on the public purse.”Blackmoore said Haitians living in Dominica have successfully integrated themselves into the Dominican society.“Many Haitian citizens have obtained citizenship of the Commonwealth of Dominica and have integrated and become a vital part of the agricultural, the construction industry, the private security and the sewing industry,” he stated. “That can be seen as proof of their ability to assimilate into the Dominican culture, maintain homes and families and a decent standard of living.