How are You Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month ?

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September 15th to October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month in the USA.

I’ve always been interested in the application of intercultural communication concepts to domestic diversity issues. Perhaps this has to do with where I was living when I first learned about intercultural theory—a racially mixed neighborhood where people of good intentions occasionally had minor misunderstandings.

Working with the Cultural Detective: Latino/Hispanic package renewed my interest in the link between USA diversity and intercultural, specifically about Hispanic issues and how they impact USA society today. Latinos are a vital and dynamic part of the country, yet many in the USA do not know much about the underlying values that may influence Hispanic world views and behavior.

The Pew Research Center recently published an article in their FactTank, “5 facts about Hispanics for Hispanic Heritage Month.” It inspired me to prepare the following short quiz, to see how much you know about Latinos and Hispanics in the USA. Check your answers in the original article.


1. More than half of the USA’s Hispanics live in three states. Which three?
    • New York
    • Florida
    • New Mexico
    • Arizona
    • California
    • Alabama
    • Texas

Latinos are moving to all parts of the USA, and are no longer only living in the areas where they have more traditionally settled. A comprehensive report by the Pew Research Center, based on analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, shows Hispanics residing in every state: Mapping the Latino Population, By State, County and City.

2. How much did the Latino population grow between 2000 and 2011?
    • 22%
    • 36.4%
    • 57%
    • 47.5%
    • 63.5%

Not only did the number of Hispanics grow tremendously between 2000 and 2011, Pew found that Hispanics account for more than half of the nation’s growth in the past decade. The human resource potential is enormous, and understanding the underlying values of this group will allow organizations and communities to be more inclusive and utilize these resources more effectively. Cultural Detective: Latino/ Hispanic explores the important core values that may guide behavior and influence decision-making among Hispanics.

3. The terms “Hispanic” and “Latino” embrace a wide variety of backgrounds. What percentage of Hispanics/Latinos trace their heritage to Mexico?
    • One-half
    • Two-thirds
    • Three-quarters
    • Seven-eights

In the USA, people who trace their heritage to over 20 nations consider themselves to be (or are considered by others as) of Hispanic origin. Statistical information on the largest groups are examined in the Pew report, Diverse Origins: The Nation’s 14 Largest Hispanic-Origin Groups.

4. Over the last decade, college enrollment has increased among Latino high school graduates. Can you match the correct percentage of USA high school graduates who enrolled in college in 2012 with their ethnicity?
    • Hispanics                                                  • 45%
    • African-Americans                                    • 49%
    • White Americans                                       • 47%

What are the current educational trends? Latinos now make up one-quarter of all public school students in the USA, the rate of Hispanics dropping out of high school continues to fall, and more young Latinos than ever are preparing to go to college. In fact, among recent high school grads, Hispanic college enrollment rate surpasses that of whites.

5. According to the USA Census bureau, how many of the nearly 52 million Hispanics (age 5 and older) speak Spanish at home?
    • 47 million
    • 35 million
    • 25 million

Spanish is the most frequently spoken language other than English in USA homes, and it is also spoken among non-Hispanics. Among Latinos, most agree it is important for future generations to learn Spanish as well as English, even though a growing share of Latinos get their news in English.

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, let’s take a fresh look at our organizations and communities. Are structures and policies in place to facilitate the contributions of Hispanics? Do we respect a different point of view, and can we incorporate it to better our communities for all members? How can we get from “here” to “there”?

If you are looking for a resource that can be easily woven into existing training to learn about Latino/Hispanic culture, Cultural Detective: Latino/Hispanic is your answer! By exploring the core cultural values and using the Cultural Detective Method to analyze real-life situations, you can offer practical skills to build bridges within your workplace and community.

Cultural Detective – First International Service Trade Under the New Colombia-USA Free Trade Agreement

Fernando Parrado Herrera, gerente Global Minds, Dianne Hofner Saphiere, fundadora Cultural Detective y presidente Nipporica Associates LLC, Andrés Forero Medina, presidente Forero Medina & Abogados Asociados


We are very proud to announce that on May 14, 2012, during the international event “Intercultural Competencies for Negotiating under the Free Trade Agreements,” which was held in the Alumni Club of Andes University, we formalized the first export of cross-border services under the new Free Trade Agreement between Colombia and the USA. The export was for international legal and business consulting services and training in intercultural negotiation to develop free trade commerce under article 11 of the FTA.

We trust that this first export will provide Colombians and US Americans intercultural marketing support for long-term business success, and the specialized legal services required to develop commerce between Colombia and the USA. Businesses worldwide will have access to local consulting services in Bogotá, developed under the Cultural Detective brand, generating 15 more jobs in the areas of consulting, interculturalism and international negotiation.

Mayo 15. Tenemos mucho gusto de participar a ustedes que en el día de ayer 14 de Mayo de 2012, en el marco del Curso Internacional sobre Competencias interculturales para negociar en los Tratados de Libre Comercio, realizado en Uniandinos, se formalizó la primera exportación de servicios transfronterizos de Colombia, dentro del Marco del TLC de Colombia con Estados Unidos de América para la exportación de servicios de consultoría legal en Comercio internacional y servicios de entrenamiento en negociación intercultural para los tratados de libre comercio en desarrollo del capítulo 11 del Tratado.

Se espera con esta primera exportación poner a disposición de empresarios Colombianos y norteamericanos un soporte de servicios en materia de mercadeo intercultural para negocios de largo plazo y de los servicios legales especializados que son requeridos para el desarrollo de negocios entre Colombia y los Estados Unidos. Numerosas empresas tendrán acceso en todo el mundo a los servicios de consultoría en Bogotá, desarrollados en el marco del Cultural Detective, generando actualmente mas de 15 empleos en las areas de consultoría, interculturalidad y negocios internacionales.