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"Working toward educational, economic, and social equality for Hispanics in Idaho"

 

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Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs

MEDIA RELEASE
304 N 8th Street, Suite 236, Boise, Idaho 83720-0006
208-334-3776

DATE: August 14, 2012
Contact: Margie Gonzalez (208) 334-3776
To: All Reporters

For Immediate Release

The Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs elects new Commissioners

Mountain Home, Idaho - Tim Corder was appointed for the nine-member Commissioner. Mr. Corder is a resident of Mountain Home. His term will run from July 9th, 2012 and expire July 1st, 2013. Serving his second term in the Senate representing Boise and Elmore Counties. Senator Corder is self-employed in the trucking industry. He served on the Transportation, Agriculture, and Local Government, and Taxation committees.

Boise, Idaho - Lucy R. Juárez was appointed for a nine-member Commissioner. Her term will run from July 9th, 2012 and expire July 1st, 2015. Ms. Juárez is an Attorney at Law at Strindberg / Scholnick, LLC. She is committed to service the people of Idaho.

Moscow, ID - Dr. Carmen Suárez was appointed for a nine-member Commissioner. Her term will run from July 9th, 2012 and expire July 1st, 2015. Dr. Suárez is the Director, Office of Human Rights, Access and Inclusion Interim Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity and Community Interim Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs for the University of Idaho.


Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs

MEDIA RELEASE
304 N 8th Street, Suite 236, Boise, Idaho 83720-0006
208-334-3776

DATE: September 1, 2011
Contact: Margie Gonzalez (208) 334-3776
To: All Reporters

For Immediate Release

The Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs elects new Commissioners

Jerome, Idaho- José Luis Treviño was appointed for the nine-member Commissioner. Mr. Treviño is a resident of Jerome. His term will run from August 23, 2011 and expire July 1, 2014. Mr. Treviño has lived in Idaho for 23 years and currently serves on the Jerome County Fair Board.

Lewiston, Idaho – Miguel Inzunza was appointed for a nine-member Commissioner. Mr. Inzunza works for Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He has lived in Lewsiston for approximately 10 years and is committed to service the people of Idaho.

Eagle, ID - Rep. Reed DeMoraunt loves the Idaho outdoors and is committed to protecting this resource for today and future Idahoans.

The Commission consist of nine (9) board members, two (2) appointed by the president pro tempore of the senate from the members of the senate; two (2) to be appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives from the members of the house, and five (5) public members selected from the Hispanic community who reside in and represent the various geographical areas of the state. The five (5) public members are appointed by the governor. The Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs is a non-partisan state agency. Providing services to the Hispanic Community and serving as a liaison between the community and government entities.


INL News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2010

NEWS MEDIA CONTACTS:
Debra Kahl, 208-526-4714
debra.kahl@inl.gov
Misty Benjamin, 208-526-5940
misty.benjamin@inl.gov

$3.8 million in scholarships awarded at 2010 Hispanic Youth Symposium

IDAHO FALLS — Regional colleges and universities awarded scholarships to nearly 190 students from throughout the state at the 2010 Hispanic Youth Symposium held in Sun Valley from April 23-25. Scholarships valued at more than $3.8 million were granted at the symposium, which brought some 300 Idaho Latino high school students together for a weekend of motivational speakers and interactive workshops. Students also participated in speech, talent, art, and athletic and interactive skill contests.

The symposium was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, contractors at Idaho National Laboratory, Gem State Diversity Initiatives, state agencies and private employers. Educational institutions awarding scholarships were: Boise State University, Brigham Young University-Idaho, College of Idaho, College of Southern Idaho, College of Western Idaho, Eastern Idaho Technical College, Gonzaga University, Idaho State University, Lewis-Clark State College, Northwest Nazarene University, University of Idaho, University of Montana, Utah State University and Treasure Valley Community College. Several schools also offered College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) scholarships. In addition, Gem State Diversity Initiatives (GSDI) awarded scholarships for all competitive events as well as to students showing promise -- $1,000 to seniors (Si Se Puede) and $500 to juniors (Querer Es Poder). The entire list of scholarship winners follows at the end of this news release.

The symposium targets the important themes of school dropout prevention, continuing education, taking pride in Latino culture and breaking the cycle of poverty. Through the symposium, students learn that nothing is impossible because they have the power to shape their own futures.

Sofia Jaramillo of Boise High School was awarded the $2,500 Natalie Lupe Reyes Memorial Scholarship, given to the outstanding female student of the symposium. She also received a $32,800 scholarship to College of Idaho and a $1,000 GSDI scholarship for second place in the art competition. Rigoberto Zaragoza of Columbia High School was awarded the $2,500 Frank Gamboa Sanchez Memorial Scholarship, given to the outstanding male student of the symposium.

For a complete list of all other winners, organized by high school, CLICK HERE.

Visit the Hispanic Youth Symposium Web site here.

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Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs

MEDIA RELEASE
5460 West Franklin Road, Suite B, Boise, Idaho 83705: 208-334-3776

DATE: June 4, 2009
Contact: Margie Gonzalez (208) 334-3776
To: Public

For Immediate Release

MALDEF Parent School Partnership

Since 2006, MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) and the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs (ICHA) have partnered to conduct four Trainings of the Trainers in the state of Idaho, where 61 persons became certified trainers. To become certified trainers, participants undergo 16 hours of training on how MALDEF's Parent School Partnership (PSP) curriculum and program functions. The certification allows trainers to use MALDEF's PSP curriculum when working with parents in their local community but it does not allow trainers to certify others to become trainers.

As May 1, 2009 ICHA is the official Trainer of Trainers in Idaho. Due to changes in the curriculum anyone who was previously trained will need to be re-trained and re-certified.

If you are interested in being certified or re-certified, please contact the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs at (208) 334-3776.

For story information contact:
Margie Gonzalez at the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs at
208-334-3776


BOLETÍN DE PRENSA
Para publicación inmediata: 14 de mayo de 2009
Contacto para información: Bob Fick (208) 332-3570 ext. 3628 o Georgia Smith (208) 841-5509

En 2008 la población Hispana creció tres veces más rápido que en Idaho en general

En 2008, la población hispana de Idaho, que triplicó el índice de los no hispanos, aumentó entre los jóvenes mientras la población general del estado envejece. La Oficina de Censo de Estados Unidos estima que la población hispana de Idaho creció de mediados de 2007 a mediados de 2008 poco más del 5 por ciento a 156,000 en comparación con el 1.5 por ciento de los no hispanos. El incremento del 5 por ciento elevó el número de hispanos a más del 10 por ciento de la población del estado, calculado en 1.52 millones a mediados de 2008.

La edad promedia a nivel estatal, donde la mitad de la población es de mayor edad y la otra mitad son jóvenes, aumentó poco más de un mes a 34 años, cinco meses. Pero en el caso de los hispanos, la edad promedio bajó más de tres meses a 23 años, ocho meses. Uno de cada tres hispanos es menor de 15 años en comparación con uno de cada cinco de la población total.

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La edad promedio de los hispanos en Idaho fue la tercera más baja, después de Dakota del Norte y Dakota del Sur.

La tendencia a la juventud en el rápido crecimiento de la población hispana indica que la influencia económica y política de la minoría más grande el estado podría crecer sustancialmente conforme se establezcan cada vez más familias hispanas.

La población Hispana de Idaho siguió concentrada en la región sur del estado con bloques importantes en el condado de Canyon y condados sumamente agrícolas alrededor de Twin Falls. En el condado más pequeño y de mayor concentración de hispanos de Idaho - la región ganadera del condado de Clark con menos de 1,000 personas en el este de Idaho – la población hispana llegó a 40 por ciento en 2008. Las cifras del censo del condado de Clark muestran que la mitad de la población es menor a 15 años y el 60 por ciento de 15 a 30 años es hispana.

Tres de cada 10 personas del condado de Minidoka eran Hispanos. En los condados de Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Owyhee y Power la proporción fue de uno de cada cuatro.

Desde el censo de 2000, el incremento en Idaho de los grupos de edad más jóvenes de los hispanos ha sido considerable.

Fuente: Oficina de Censo de Estados Unidos

Click Here for current data

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For More Information, Contact:
February 25, 2009
Amy Herzfeld, Executive Director
(208) 345-0304 office
amy@idaho-humanrights.org

IDAHO HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION CENTER HOSTS
FREE RACIAL JUSTICE LECTURE AT IDAHO BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM BOISE, ID.

—February 25, 2009—

The Idaho Human Rights Education Center is pleased to announce that the Docent Committee of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial will host a special free event at the Idaho Black History Museum on Tuesday, March 3 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dr. Jill Gill, Associate Professor of History at Boise State University, will present “The Economics of Racism in Black and White: A 20th Century Historical Look,” an examination of the politics behind the long-running economic gap between blacks and whites that expanded widely during the best years of the American economy, 1945-1965. Dr. Gill will make the point that the economic ramifications of this 20th Century gap still persist today, even though the election of our new President, Mr. Barack Obama, does give rise to hope that a brighter day exists, at least with respect to attitudinal prejudice. A short video clip will accompany her presentation, as well as an opportunity for questions and answers.

Dr. Gill graduated from Whitworth College with a double major in English and American Studies, and from the University of Pennsylvania with an MA and Ph.D. in American Civilization, which is an interdisciplinary approach to studying American history/life. She began working in Boise State’s history department in 2000. Jill became interested in America’s racial history during graduate school, living in the heart of west Philadelphia in a largely black neighborhood in the 80”s and 90”s, where both class and racial tensions ran high. Dr. Gill is a very energetic and engaging speaker who both informs and involves her audience. This event is open to the public and will begin at 6:30pm with a hosted wine and cheese informal gathering.

About the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights
Memorial Docent Committee The Docent Committee has over 15 active members who provide free educational tours at the Anne Frank Memorial. The docents created a pre- and post-tour curriculum for K-12 educators to enhance their students’ learning about the Holocaust, the life of Anne Frank and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On average, the docents lead 3,000 students and adults through the Memorial each year.

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The mission of the Idaho Human Rights Education Center is to promote respect for human dignity and diversity through education and to foster individual responsibility to work for peace and justice.

777 S. 8th Street, Boise, Idaho 83702
(208) 345-0304 & #9474
www.idaho-humanrights.org

For Immediate Release

Contact: John J. McGuire
Rotary District 5400
Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee Member
208-891-3198
johnjmcg@msn.com
www.rotary5400.org

2010-2011 ROTARY FOUNDATION AMBASSADORIAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE

Rotary District 5400, which encompasses Southern Idaho and Ontario, Oregon, will fund one $25,000 Ambassadorial Scholarship for study abroad during the 2010-2011 academic year.

Scholarship applications, endorsed by a local Rotary Club, are due to the District 5400 Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee by May 15, 2009. Please visit www.rotary5400.org for a list of local Rotary Clubs and contact information. Application forms and program information is available at www.rotary.org under the Students and Youth tab.

Ambassadorial Scholarships, The Rotary Foundation’s oldest and best-known program, was founded in 1947. Since then, nearly 38,000 men and women from about 100 nations have studied abroad under its auspices. Today it is the world’s largest privately funded international scholarship program.

The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and give presentations about their homeland to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country.

Generous contributions from Rotarians worldwide represent a continued faith that today’s Ambassadorial Scholars will be tomorrow’s community and world leaders.


Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs

MEDIA RELEASE
5460 West Franklin Road, Suite B, Boise, Idaho 83705: 208-334-3776

DATE: January 5, 2009
Contact: Margie Gonzalez, 208 334 3776

To: All Reporters

For Immediate Release

News Conference November 25, 2008

What: Office of Governor Signed Proclamation

When: November 25th, 3:00pm

Who: The Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs, and the U.S. Census Bureau Regional Office

Where: The Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial
                777 S. 8th St.
                Boise, Idaho 83702

Why this is significant: Ben Ysursa , Idaho’s Secretary of the State, will read the proclamation signed by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter. The participation of community leaders, organizations, and local government can help make the 2010 Census accurate. To ensure an accurate count the support of the community is vital. Participation is critical, as the results determine how Congress is apportioned and how more than $300 billion in federal funds are distributed annually to state, local and tribal areas.

For story information contact: Margie Gonzalez at the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs at
208-334-3776


Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs

MEDIA RELEASE
5460 West Franklin Road, Suite B, Boise, Idaho 83705: 208-334-3776

DATE: November 12, 2008
Contact: Margie Gonzalez (208) 850-9703
To: All Reporters

For Immediate Release

Town Hall Meeting in Idaho Falls

What: The Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs is hosting a Town Hall meeting on November 20, 2008

Who: This is brought to you by the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs (ICHA)

Where: Eastern Idaho Technical College
                1600 South 25th East, Idaho Falls, 83404

Time: 6:00 P.M.

Why this is significant: This important event will provide an opportunity for community leaders, and general public to engage in dialogues regarding the 2010 US Census and the impact we should expect in our communities. Data gathered during the 2010 Census will directly impact and improve the lives not only for today but for years to come.

For story information contact:
Margie Gonzalez at the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs at
208-850-9703


Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs

Media Release
5460 W. Franklin Rd., Suite B
Boise, ID 83705
Ph: (208) 334-3776
Fx: (208) 334-3778

DATE: September 17, 2008

Contact: Margie Gonzalez (208) 334-3776

For Immediate Release

The Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs holds elections

Boise, Idaho- The nine-member Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs (ICHA) has elected Juan Álvarez as Chairperson. Mr. Alvarez is a resident of Idaho Falls, currently serves as the driving and integrating force for transformational initiatives across the Idaho National Laboratory, leading efforts to deploy Battelle’s signature approach to laboratory management. Mr. Alvarez has twenty years of leadership and management experience in nuclear and non-nuclear facility and laboratory operations.

Mr. Alvarez’s term will run from September 13, 2008 through September 13, 2009, when elections will again be held. Mr. Alvarez succeeds Mr. Pablo Yzquierdo of Weiser, Idaho the previous Chair.

Other Commission Actions Commissioner Lori A. Manzanares of Boise was elected as Vice-Chair for the Commission. Ms. Manzanares is a resident of Boise, and an Idaho native. Currently serves as the new Student Services Assistant Director at the University of Idaho – Boise Center. She has served as a Commissioner since July 2006. Her term as Vice-Chair will run from September 13, 2008 through September 13, 2009. Ms. Manzanares succeeds Ms. Estela M. de Gonzalez of Post Falls, Idaho the previous Vice-Chair.


Eastern Idaho Technical College

Idaho National Laboratory
Breaking Boundaries
The Leland D. Beckman Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Media Contacts: Eastern Idaho Technical College, Todd Wightman 524-3000

EITC announces the first Latino Education Assistance Conference

In an effort to support local Latino students interested in attending institutions of higher education, Eastern Idaho Technical College (EITC) announces a Latino Education Assistance Conference.

The conference, sponsored in conjunction with the Idaho National Laboratory and Leland D. Beckman Foundation will be held at EITC on Monday, March 24 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition, Breaking Boundaries, a nonprofit organization that provides services to the underserved population of Southeast Idaho has made a substantial financial contribution to this effort.

According to Breaking Boundaries officials, the organization works to increase awareness of the region’s diversity and in breaking boundaries and bringing people closer together as friends and neighbors. Breaking Boundaries achieves their mission through fund-raising efforts and contributions from their generous donors.

The conference will be conducted in both Spanish and English and focus on supporting local Latino students and their families in the transition to higher education. Topics will include financial aid, choosing a school, and family involvement and support. Community leaders are encouraged to attend the conference and take information to their constituents.

“We are pleased to join the INL and the Leland D. Beckman Foundation in hosting this conference,” said EITC President William Robertson. “Clearly there are many talented Latino students in our region who will benefit from this information and we look forward to making this conference an annual event.”

Conference participants will meet with other Latinos who have successfully navigated the sometimes complex higher education system. Latino college students and graduates, with their families will conduct small group presentations and open discussions with conference attendees.

“The conference is the first of its kind in EITC’s history, said Ken Erickson, Manager of the college’s Workforce Training Program. “Through funding from the Leland D. Beckman Foundation and the INL we are able to assist Latinos in learning how to stay in public school and make a smooth transition to postsecondary education.”

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MEDIA RELEASE

DATE: December 3, 2007
Contact: Juan Saldaña (208) 334-3776
To: All Reporters

For Immediate Release

3rd Annual Latino Youth Summit

What: The Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs is having its 3rd annual youth summit in Nampa, Idaho on October 23, 2008 at the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho

Who: This is brought to you by the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs (ICHA),

Why this is significant: This youth summit is very unique from other conferences in Idaho. It targets “at risk” Hispanic students “at risk” is defined as students who struggle to achieve within their schools and/or communities. Approximately 125 students will be selected by their school administrators to attend.

This year the theme is Life Is What You Make It. In addition to the workshops for students the summit will also host a town hall meeting on underage drinking for parents.

For story information contact:
Juan Saldaña at the
Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs at
208-334-3776


MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Boise District Office
380 East Parkcenter, Suite 330
Boise, Idaho 83706
www.sba.gov/id

Release Date: Immediate
Contact: Rodney Grzadzieleski (208) 334-9004 X=333
Release Number: 1087-08-30
Date: 2-4-2008

The ABC’s of Starting A Small Business The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be offering the ABC’s of Starting A Small Business workshop at the Hispanic Cultural Center, 315 Stampede Drive, Nampa, Idaho. The workshop is open to the public and scheduled for Thursday, February 14, 2008
from 4:30-6:30 p.m. For more information or for reservations please call 334-9004, extension 349.

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For more information on all of ABA’s programs for small businesses, call the Boise District Office at
208-334-1696, visit the office in downtown Boise at 1020 Main Street, Suite 290, or visit the SBA’s web site at www.sba.gov/id.

For more information on Surety Bond Guarantee Program, the HUBZone Program and other SBA programs, call the SBA Answer Desk at 1-800-U-ASK-SBA, or visit the SBA’s extensive website at www.sba.gov.

The U.S. Small Business Administration, established in 1953, provides financial, technical and management assistance to help Americans start, run, and grow their businesses. With a portfolio of business loans, loan guarantees and disaster loans worth more than $45 billion, the SBA is the nation's largest single financial backer of small businesses. Last year, the SBA offered management and technical assistance to more than one million small business owners. The SBA also plays a major role in the government’s disaster relief efforts by making low-interest recovery loans to both homeowners and businesses. America’s 24 million small businesses employ more than 50 percent of the private workforce, generate more than half of the nation’s gross domestic product, and are the principal source of new jobs in the U.S. economy.


MEDIA RELEASE

DATE: December 3, 2007
Contact: Juan Saldaña (208) 334-3776
To: All Reporters

For Immediate Release

International Human Rights Celebration in Idaho

What: International Human Rights Celebration in Idaho

Who: This is a combined effort between the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs (ICHA) and the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho (HCCI)

Why this is significant: The Governor of Idaho will sign a proclamation declaring December 10, 2007 International Human Rights Celebration Day in Idaho. This day was declared so that everyone can become aware of their rights and create awareness among others, of people who are deprived of their rights.

When: December 10, 2007 from 3pm to 6pm.

Location: Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho
315 Stampede Drive
Nampa, ID 83687

For story information contact:
Juan Saldaña at the
Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs at
208-334-3776


MEDIA RELEASE

Contact:Juan Saldana
Phone: 208-334-3776

For Immediate Release
OCTOBER 2, 2007

Idaho Minority Summit

What: The Idaho Minority Summit to be held on October 10, 2007

Who: This is a combined effort between the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs (ICHA), U.S. Census Bureau, and the United State Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI), and local community partners.

Why this is significant: This invitation only summit is very unique from other summits in Idaho because it will focus on all minority groups. The purpose of the summit is to prepare all groups for the upcoming 2008 elections and to ensure that all groups are accurately counted in the decennial 2010 Census. The keynote speakers will feature Ms. Leigh A. McGee from the Census Advisory Committee on the American Indian and Alaskan Native populations, Mr. Michael D. Rodriguez from the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute and Roberto Ramirez and Ralph J. Lee from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Location: Boise State University

For story information contact:
Juan Saldaña at the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs at 208-334-3776


MEDIA ALERT

Contact:Lymaris Blackmon
Phone: 208-334-4565

For Immediate Release
July 19, 2007

Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs offers scholarship

The Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs offers a Substance Abuse Certification Scholarship. We are seeking recipients who are bilingual/bicultural and working towards or have a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited university or college in the field of Behavioral Science or a related Health Science field, and are interested in obtaining their certification in the Alcohol/Drug field as counselors. This program offers scholarships for students with the above qualifications to obtain their Certification in Alcohol and Drug Counseling.

There is a tremendous need for bilingual/bicultural drug counselors throughout the state of Idaho. The Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs offers the scholarship under a grant with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Family and Community Services, Bureau of Mental Health and Substance Abuse to address the continuing education of bilingual/bicultural alcohol and drug counselors.

Candidates interested in learning more about the scholarship programs may contact Lymaris Blackmon at 334-4565 or by e-mail at lymaris.blackmon@icha.idaho.gov for more information.


Quarterly Commissioners Meeting

Contact: Margie Gonzalez
Phone: 208-334-3776
 

Media Release
For Immediate Release

 

Idaho Falls, Idaho

Our next quarterly Commissioners meetings are being scheduled in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The meeting will be  held May 11th and 12th at the Shiloh Inn,780 Lindsay Boulevard, Idaho Falls, ID 83402.

May 11th is scheduled for a reception hosted by the Idaho National Laboratory from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Yellowstone Ballroom.  Following the reception, the Community Forum open meeting will commence from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the same room.

May 12th will be the official quarterly meeting from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Shiloh Inn, Temple View Room, 780 Lindsay Boulevard, Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Please call the Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs at (208) 334-3776 for additional information.

Please contact Leticia Sotelo at (208) 334-3776 or at leticia.sotelo@icha.idaho.gov.


Mujeres Unidas de Idaho 2007 Grant Award Announcement

Contact: Zerelda Quintana
Phone: 208-429-8878
Email: zeequintana@earthlink.net

Media Release
For Immediate Release

Mujeres Unidas de Idaho receives 2500 grant from Fund for Idaho Boise, ID – Mujeres Unidas de Idaho was one of ten grassroots organizations working in Idaho to receive a grant from Fund for Idaho to support their work to send 3 - 6 Latinas to CSTI, develop mini-conferences in other parts of Idaho, and join area organizations.

Mujeres Unidas de Idaho was established in 1990 to address issues faced by Latinas and to find ways to support each other. Mujeres Unidas de Idaho (MUI) brings Latinas in Idaho together to examine and take action on issues affecting our communities. MUI develops new Latina leaders in our communities so each new leader takes an active role in society. MUI values the power of every woman and believes all women should be valued equally. Our vision is that each woman is equally valued, is participating in all areas of society and has access to fulfill their personal and professional dreams.

For 17 years, Mujeres Unidas de Idaho has led efforts of activism around social issues in the community, participated in cultural events, and lobbied for issues that our Idaho Legislature considers for legislation. MUI works with other area organizations around the same community issues that affect us all. These organizations include: : Idaho Hispanic Caucus, Tribal-Latino Caucus, Idaho Latino Vote, Action Against Hate, ICAN, Idaho Food Bank, Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs, IMAGE de Idaho and the Hispanic Issue Training Conference, Snake River Alliance, Centro de Comunidad y Justicia, Dept of Health & Human Services, Terry Reilly Health Service, and United Vision for Idaho.

Mujeres Unidas puts on its Annual Conference which features workshops that area women can participate in. Each year there is a theme for the conference; this year it is “Healthy Mind, Body and Soul.” The Annual Conference will be held in Nampa, Idaho July 27-28, 2007. Also, MUI will hold a Mini-Conference in Twin Falls, May 19, 2007 and one in Pocatello, October 20, 2007.

For information about Mujeres Unidas de Idaho, please visit their website: www.mujeresunidasidaho.org.

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