ELKHART — The organizers of a 28-member torch relay team formed as part of Indiana’s bicentennial celebrations are open to adding Latinos and African-Americans to make it more demographically diverse.
Diana Lawson, executive director of the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said Monday that she contacted Mark Newman, head of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, about the make-up of the body after some in Elkhart County questioned the absence of minorities.
Federal authorities have arrested 331 people in six Midwest states, including Illinois and Indiana, as part of a sweep targeting immigrants living illegally in the U.S. previously convicted of crimes and other immigration violators.
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s minorities do not enjoy proportional representation in the Legislature or the state’s congressional delegation, according to data compiled by the Associated Press.
For example, Latinos make up almost 7 percent of the state’s population, but less than 1 percent of the Legislature. The state’s nine-member congressional delegation includes one African-American, but no Latinos.
INDIANAPOLIS — A one-of-a-kind research-based summer camp that helps Marion County Latino youth, who as a group have alarmingly high rates of depression, begins its third year June 20. Camp organizers are seeking donations through the IU Foundation to operate the camp and provide additional services.
The one-week camp is called “Your Life. Your Story.” It was created in 2014 by the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in collaboration with the Latino Health Organization, with support from the Minority Health Coalition.
Many are speaking up about what clubs like Pulse, the site of the shooting, mean for queer and Latino communities. Others warn against the temptation to blame Islam for the violence, pointing out that there are many Latino Muslims. (The Pew Research Center estimates that Latinos make up four percent of the 3.3 millionMuslims in America.)
Gov. Mike Pence and other top Indiana Republicans joined a chorus of national GOP figures Tuesday in condemning Donald Trump’s ethnicity-based attacks on an Indiana-born judge.
The responses came a day after Indiana Democrats criticized the state’s GOP leaders for their silence on the issue, even as other prominent Republicans outside the state slammed Trump for what U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday called “the textbook definition of a racist comment.”
California looks a lot like Indiana — another open primary state with few black voters — and it expects Clinton to lose California by 3 or 4 percentage points, similar to her margin of defeat in the Hoosier State.
These differences are even more profound in other states. Depending on which model you use, Clinton is either an underdog in New Mexico, which has few black voters but lots of Hispanics and Native Americans, or a 50-point favorite.
However, Curiel “is an American who was born in East Chicago, Indiana, and graduated from the Indiana University School of Law,” according to Reuters.
“Minority majority school system.”
That is the phrase recently coined by Goshen Community Schools to describe the district.
Latinos make up 51.5 percent of the district’s student body and 47.6 percent ofGoshen High School students. Goshen Community Schools now has the seventh-largest number of Latino students in the state of Indiana, at 3,419, and the highest percentage of Latino students of any Indiana district.
“I can guarantee 99 percent of them get up and go to work every day because this neighborhood clears out at six in the morning,” Hardy said.
The growth in the Latino population over the past 25 years or so has changed many neighborhoods in Elkhart and Goshen. In the swath of south Elkhart where Hardy lives, an area south of Wolf Avenue between Oakland Avenue and Prairie Street, the surge has been particularly pronounced. From just 110 Latinos in 1990, 1.6 percent of the population, the Hispanic count in the area grew to an estimated 3,036 as of 2014, or 34 percent of the population, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures. That’s higher than the city’s overall Hispanic concentration of 24 percent.
A national scholarship foundation will offer a $20,000 a year scholarship to undocumented students in Indiana to attend college in Delaware or Connecticut. They say Indiana policy restricts college access for undocumented students.
I am told high school kids don’t care much about politics and as a high school history and government teacher I generally must agree. However it has been a difficult stereotype to adhere to recently. With Donald Trump decisively clinching victory in my home state of Indiana I have been asked the same questions, and heard the same concerns again and again. To be clear, I teach at a school with one of the highest populations of Hispanic students in the state of Indiana. I think you can see where this is going.
Donald Trump has energized millions of Republican voters this primary season with his tough talk of building a wall along the Mexico border and deporting people who entered the country illegally.
But, that same language could have an unintentional side effect in a general election and energize legal immigrants to become citizens before November so they can vote against Trump.
Of the 563 students in grade K-5 who attend Mary Adams, about 82 percent are white, 5 percent are Hispanic and 3 percent are black. About 12 percent of students were in special education and 4 percent were English language learners. The state averages in 2014-15 were 15 percent and 5 percent.
Bethel College has launched a business degree it says is the first of its kind in the nation. The Spanish-assisted program mirrors the Mishawaka school’s existing business curriculum and will also boost English speaking and writing skills. Vice President for Adult & Graduate Studies Toni Steffensen Pauls says the program is “taught by people who speak their language, who have made the transition successfully into the professional community.” The pilot group consists of up to 10 students in Elkhart County and Steffensen Pauls hopes it will grow to 100 within a year.
Donald Trump’s near lockup of the Republican nomination in Indiana is leaving some GOP Latinos feeling locked out of the GOP with nowhere to turn as others say they are still trying to absorb a Trump candidacy.
Soon after news rolled in that Ted Cruz was suspending his campaign, Houston businessman and GOP stalwart Massey Villarreal swore to NBC News Latino that he not only wouldn’t vote for Trump, “I will not encourage Latinos to vote for him.”
Hola Bloomington’s hosts Luis Hernández and Luis Fuentes talk about one of the most anticipated Spring sporting events in Bloomington. The Indiana University’s men’s soccer match versus Mexico’s National U20 team. They provide a summary of the game and interview players and the coach of the Mexican National Team.
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the Indiana Republican Party Spring Dinner Thursday, April 21, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
The nation’s largest Hispanic business group is diving into the presidential campaign for the first time — and is skipping over the only Latino still running.
The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce plans to formally endorse former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, R, for president on Thursday, a shot in the arm for both campaigns at critical moments for each bid.
Three groups came together Saturday to revise a voter-literacy presentation that could mobilize minority populations in Bloomington and Monroe County.
The goal is to bring together members of three under-represented but large voting demographics — women, Hispanic and African-American citizens — to increase voter mobility, City of Bloomington liaison Araceli Gomez said.
Indiana Latino voters also break in Sanders’ favor significantly, according to the Fox News poll. After Clinton won the Latino vote in New York last Tuesday, as well as in Florida and Texas, Sanders, who won that demographic in both Nevada and Illinois, holds a 19-point lead among Indiana Latino voters.
INDIANAPOLIS — At Eagle Creek Elementary School, the student body is diverse. Three of every four students are students of color. Over half of the school’s 520 students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Sixteen different languages are spoken in the students’ homes.
But for teachers at the school in northwest Indianapolis, it’s a different story.
Three million school children in the U.S. are identified as gifted. That’s roughly the top 10 percent of the nation’s highest achieving students.
But Rene Islas, head of the National Association for Gifted Children, says tens of thousands of gifted English language learners are never identified. We sat down with Islas and asked him why.
He started out by explaining that there are several different measures for identifying gifted children. The most common in schools is recognizing achievement, above grade level work. But that poses a problem for English language learners, or ELLs, he says.
Elkhart and Goshen have booming Latino populations.
That’s no secret to anyone who’s lived here for even a brief amount of time. You see it in the commercial signage along major streets, in schools, in churches, in supermarkets.
We’re working on a series of stories looking at the growth here and, more particularly, how the Latino population and the broader Elkhart County community have and haven’t adjusted to each other. Meantime, below are some stats I’ve pulled from the U.S. Census Bureau.