We must win the future NOW

The last census screamed loud and clear that Latin@s are the largest and fastest growing minority group in the U.S. However we have the lowest education attainment levels.  Que que?  It’s now time to take concrete steps to change this.

Last weekend I had the privilege of going back to mi Tierra bella de Quisqueya where half of my heart lives no matter where I am in the globe.  I went to prepare our Sustainable Development Project (and will dedicate an entire post to that very soon).  However the main focus in the entire island is also education.  They’re demanding the current goverment to devote 4% of the national budget to education (vs. the current 1.5%).  It is obvious that all Latino(a)s are concerned with the education our kids are receiving.  It is also evident that we are ready to take control of the situation.  No longer will we  passively expect solutions from above.  Now las mamas, los papas, los maestros y maestras, los profesionales are finally feeling that sense of urgency and taking action.

The Latino2 conference will be our first scream for action.  We will open the conversation about STEM, about diversity in the workplace, about mobile.  All in the context of education and our futuro.  This futuro (based on the numbers revealed by the census) is the American future.  Are you ready to win the future NOW?  I am!

One concrete step you can take is to become aware of the situation by reading the reports released by the White House.

Winning the Future

Ganando el Futuro

 

Another step is to help us showcase real role models in the area of technology who have taken a leadership role through their blog and start-up.  All these nominees make it a point to share knowledge and to serve their community.   You can now vote for the nominees for LATISM Tech Awards.  Here are our Tech Heroes:

Best Latino Innovator 2011
LeaAnna Hernandez, Founder, App Developer of MyMic
Tony Vargas, Online Banking Manager, First National Bank of Olathe

Best Latino Startup 2011
LeaAnna Hernandez, Founder, App Developer of MyMic
Klout – Joe Fernandez, CEO & Co-Founder of Klout.com
John LeguizamoUrbano TV
Jesse Luna – CEO & Founder Jesse Luna

Best Latino in Technology 2011 (People’s Choice)
Matt Gallizzi , CEO, NoTixTech
Eduardo Gonzales LoumietUber Operations
LeaAnna Hernandez, Founder, App Developer of MyMic

Ariel Coro, founder of @tutecnologia
Klout – Joe Fernandez, CEO & Co-Founder of Klout.com
John LeguizamoDavid Chitel, Founders of Urbano TV
Jesse Luna – CEO & Founder Jesse Luna
Dean Soto, President, Pro Sulum, LLC
Tony Vargas, Online Banking Manager, First National Bank of Olathe

Don’t Delay. Vote Now! Latino2 Tech Awards Finalists –  Winners will be announced during LATISM’s Latino2 Conference at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley on June 11, 2011.


Start voting here

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9 Comments
  1. diana@ads3a.com'
    Diana 8 years ago

    Great post about education again! Great to see lots of educated individuals in our community making an impact. I hope this inspires others to follow suit.

  2. hernando@d23qad.com'
    Hernando 8 years ago

    That’s awesome –  I didn’t know Klout was by a fellow Latino.

  3. grace@latinnovating.com'
    Graciela 8 years ago

    On an airplane flying home (northern California)
    from Washington D.C. in early May, reflecting on a particularly full week that
    involved meeting with Congressmen/women, middle school students, young Latinas
    (some former high school dropouts now in college), and the gentleman who
    founded the USHCC, I wrote this blog post about the severity (and numbers) of the education attainment gap, its implications, and suggested what it’s going to take for our
    community to dramatically boost our higher education attainment rate.
    http://blog.latinnovating.com/?p=207

    I hope you enjoy it.  I hope you take the “Two by 2020 Challenge.”

    Graciela Tiscareño-Sato
    Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Gracefully Global Group, LLC and

    Author of Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and
    the Latinos Creating Them

    –the first
    book showcasing Latino-led innovation and entrepreneurship in the green economy

    http://www.latinnovating.com

  4. kon@d24ad.com'
    Kon 8 years ago

    Thanks for the link, Graciela. Both the Latism blog and your blog are very interesting to read. We definitely should take advantage of what we have right now.

  5. paul@d24ad.com'
    Paul 8 years ago

    Hopefully this list will inspire other Latinos to reach for greatness!

  6. tina@d3ead.com'
    Tina 8 years ago

    It’s great to know that we are the fastest growing minority but very disappointing about the edcuation. How can we move our community and encourage them towards completing their education?

  7. tarahadermann@gmail.com'

    “To win the future, we’ll need to take on challenges that have been decades in the making,” Obama said, adding “the world…and the rules have changed.”

  8. shahid_bhatti321@yahoo.com'
    Shahid_bhatti321 7 years ago

    I hope you enjoy it.  I hope you take the “Two by 2020 Challenge.”

    Graciela Tiscareño-SatoFounder and Chief Creative Officer, Gracefully Global Group, LLC and

    Author of Latinnovating: Green American Jobs andthe Latinos Creating Them[url]http://vetnetwork.co.ul/vetjobs[url]

  9. vaginalmeshclassaction@gmail.com'
    Brent's Blog 7 years ago

    Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thank you, However I am encountering difficulties with your RSS. I don’t understand the reason why I can’t subscribe to it. Is there anyone else having similar RSS problems? Anyone who knows the solution will you kindly respond? Thanks!!

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