Latinos

(Mis)Representation of Latinos in Media

May 1, 2017
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It is no secret that the United States’ film and television industry has a diversity problem. Latinos make up 17% of the American population and 32% of frequent moviegoers, but are entirely underrepresented in film and TV.  In the Media, Diversity, and Social Change Initiative's 2014 Report, Latinos made up only 4.9%  of the movie characters in the 100 top grossing films of 20131.  

Mexican Muralism: Urban Innovation

February 24, 2017
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When Americans think of cultural products of Mexico, they normally mention items such as tacos, mariachi bands, and the sombrero. However, the  country has much more to present than the wonderful yet sometimes superficial artifacts widely known in the United States. One example is the visual arts, and more specifically, muralism.

Latin@s & the US Election

November 7, 2016
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This past week the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Latin American Studies was excited to host a discussion led by its director Scott Morgenstern titled “Latinos & the US Election.”  The presentation explored Latino voting trends, how they are influenced, and - what everybody is wondering about - its potential impact on Tuesday’s election.  The following is a summary of dialogue that ensued.

Latinos Continue to Shy from Obamacare Enrollment

October 20, 2016
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Although The Affordable Care Act seeks to provide medical insurance to the uninsured at affordable rates, those who could perhaps benefit the most from this program have not been enrolling. Every one in three Latinos is uninsured, making this the ethnic group with largest number of uninsured people residing in the United States.1 Several factors contribute to this lack of enrollment including fear of deportation, general lack of awareness about the program, language barriers, and restricted internet access.

Exclusive Interview with Representative Leslie Acosta: English-Only Bills are “Xenophobic”

October 4, 2016
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Leslie Acosta became the only Latina in the Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives in 2014, after she decided that “it was time to grab the bull by the horn and start doing meaningful things within the district.” A native of Puerto Rico, the social worker represents the 197th Legislative District in Pennsylvania, whose population is comprised of 53% Latinos and 44% African Americans. In her words, it is “a population that has been marginalized and underrepresented for a very long time.”1

Hispanic Heritage Month Talk: Public Health

October 4, 2016
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On September 24, 2015 at the University of Pittsburgh’s medical school, doctors Patricia Documét and Diego Chaves-Gnecco gave updates on their projects that focus on Latino health care in the Pittsburgh region. Documét, MD, DrPH, is involved with Latino Engagement Group for Salud (LEGS), and much of her work includes community health workers, or “promotores” in Spanish.

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