Equity and Inclusion
September 2021 Cultural Heritage: National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
Cada año, los estadounidenses celebran el Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana y Latina celebrando las historias, culturas y contribuciones de los ciudadanos estadounidenses cuyos antepasados vinieron de España, México, el Caribe y América Central y del Sur.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.
La observación comenzó en 1968 como la Semana de la Herencia Hispana bajo la presidencia de Lyndon Johnson y fue ampliada por el presidente Ronald Reagan en 1988.
Hispanic and Latino are often used interchangeably though they actually mean two different things. Hispanic refers to people who speak Spanish or are descended from Spanish-speaking populations, while Latino refers to people who are from or descended from people from Latin America.
Hispano y Latino a menudo se usan indistintamente, aunque en realidad significan dos cosas diferentes. Hispano se refiere a personas que hablan español o son descendientes de poblaciones de habla hispana, mientras que Latino se refiere a personas que son de o descendientes de personas de América Latina.
In July 2019 The Hispanic population of the United States totaled 60.6 million people, making it the largest ethnic minority in our country.
En julio de 2019 la población hispana de Estados Unidos ascendía a 60,6 millones de personas, lo que la convierte en la minoría étnica más grande de nuestro país.
The Shoreline Lake Forest Park Senior Center belongs to the nonprofit Sound Generations, advocating for the wellbeing of older adults. At Sound Generations we embrace the belief that racial and other social identities should be respected and affirmed. We’ve built a culturally responsive organization that strives to be equitable and inclusive by providing our team of staff, volunteers and board members with the tools needed to address institutionalized racism and other forms of oppression.
How Our Mission Moves Us
The mission of Sound Generations directs us to promote the emotional, social, and physical well-being of all older adults and we are committed to building a team of staff, board members and volunteers who are culturally responsive and committed to equity and inclusion. Our services are more culturally accessible and relevant to individuals of diverse backgrounds and are recognized as such in the community.
Four Equity & Inclusion Goal Strategies
Sound Generations has established an Equity & Inclusion Organizational Goal that aligns with the organization’s overall mission. Our strategy involves working across departments to focus on four key Equity & Inclusion Goals:
- Building a common language and a long-term commitment throughout the organization
- Improving accountability to the community
- Creating a more welcoming environment
- Encouraging systemic change at the institutional level
The Shoreline Lake Forest Park Senior Center’s Heritage Celebration Months
|2021 month||Heritage Celebrated|
|January||Native American (First Nations) History|
|February||Black History Month|
|March||National Women’s History Month|
|April||National Deaf History Month|
|May||Asian Pacific American Heritage,|
|June||LGBTQ+ Pride Month|
|July||American Immigration Month|
|August||Shoreline History Month|
|September||National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month|
|October||National Italian and German American Heritage Month|
|November||Native American (First Nations) Heritage Month|
|December||Jewish American Heritage Month|