Assessing the Needs of the Athens-Clarke County Hispanic/Latino Community
with Alejandra Calva
The Hispanic/Latino community of Athens-Clarke County (ACC) is vibrant and diverse, and is the county’s second-largest minority group after African-Americans. It makes up 11% of ACC’s total population (per the U.S. Census, though many local experts agree it is closer to 20%) and 24% of the Clarke County School District student body (per CCSD). Unfortunately it is also highly underserved, in part because the responsible agencies do not know or understand its unique needs.
In this session, we’ll discuss the efforts of the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Institute (LACSI)’s Latino research and outreach initiative PORTAL to document the needs of the 12,600+ Hispanics/Latinos currently living in ACC. Specifically, we’ll discuss preliminary results from a comprehensive survey completed by 300+ participants as well as key learnings on conducting research with local community members.
The PORTAL immigration forum is a series of brown bag lunch presentations around immigration from multiple disciplines during Hispanic Heritage Month. Each session will feature faculty from UGA and LACSI presenting their research or service and then leading a discussion about their topics.