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September 11, 2018 / Kendra Allen, Editor

New report finds that Latinx community is still largely excluded from the Smithsonian’s workforce

ARTS & HUMANITIES
– A newly released report by UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center and the Latino Policy and Politics Initiative which analyzed the progress of the Smithsonian in improving Latinx representation in its workforce found that it has not. Although the report shows some areas of improvement, the Smithsonian has a long way to go. (WAMU, 9/10)

In “Invisible No More,” Noriego and his co-authors evaluate the Smithsonian’s progress on 10 goals the institution set in 1994 in a report called “Willful Neglect.” “The Smithsonian…displays a pattern of willful neglect toward the estimated 25 million Latinos in the United States,” wrote the authors in 1994. “It is difficult for the Task Force to understand how such a consistent pattern of Latino exclusion from the work of the Smithsonian could have occured by chance.”

The report included 10 recommendations for improvement, included supporting the development of a Latino Museum on the National Mall and increasing Latino representation across the Smithsonian’s workforce.

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WORKFORCE | A couple of months ago, a majority of DC’s residents voted to increase the tipped minimum wage. DC Council will hold a hearing to repeal the bill on Monday. (WCP, 9/10)

HEALTHCARE | A profile on how Mamatoto Village, a nonprofit in DC, is trying to address the high maternal mortality rate for Black women in the city. (YES! Magazine, 9/7)

EDUCATION
– Maryland officials have announced that the state will stop using the PARCC standardized test and will instead look for a test that is shorter. (Baltimore Sun, 9/11)

As D.C.-area schools grapple with overcrowding, parents wonder why enrollment projections are so off (WaPo, 9/9)

PUBLIC SAFETY | Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam has ordered residents in flood-prone areas to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Florence. (WaPo, 9/10)


The worst tropical storms to hit our region.

– Kendra

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