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CAN Safety Net Forum: Cultural Proficiency and Language Access

Community Advancement Network

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM (CDT)

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Our Community is Changing. Are we? 

Cultural Proficiency and Language Access

Our community's demographics are rapidly changing. Increased diversity, with a large Hispanic population and a fast-growing Asian population, means that cultural and linguistic proficiency are more important than ever.

Community Advancement Network invites you to join us for a conversation about how organizations can work towards becoming more culturally proficient and provide interpretation and translation services in compliance with our country's laws.

This is the fourth in a series of safety net forums that is intended to enhance awareness of issues, community resources, and system changes that are needed to increase equity and opportunity for all. To learn more about previous forums and to find video summaries and the presentations shared, click here.  

The Safety Net Forum is free, but seating is limited and registration is required.  Please forward this invitation to others who may want to participate. 

IBC First Equity is located on Research Boulevard next to Custom Truck Outfitters, just past the train tracks. The Forum will be held in the second floor conference room.

Parking will be available onsite. A light breakfast will be served at the event.

Please bring materials on available resources and assistance to share with other participants.  Tables will be set-up for organizations to display information on programs and services.




Erica Saenz, Assistant Vice President for Community and External Relations, Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, University of Texas at Austin, will provide an overview of CAN's online Cultural Competency, Diversity, and Inclusion Toolkit
and other efforts to create a community of equity and opportunity for all.

Assessing the Cultural Proficiency of Your Organization: Why and How
A panel made up of experts and practioners will discuss the importance of evolving into an organization that is culturally proficient, diverse, and inclusive; and key steps and considerations for assessing and transforming organizations. 

  • Hector Campos, Project Director, Cardea Services
  • Kazique Prince, Founder and CEO, Jelani Consulting, LLC
  • Paul Scott, Executive Director, AIDS Services of Austin
  • Dr. Teresa Granillo, Executive Director, Con Mi Madre, and Assistant Professor, School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin

Meeting the Cultural and Linguistic Needs of a Diversifying Community
A panel made up of CAN partners and others will discuss how their organizations are working to meet the needs of their diversifying customer base.

  • Esther Diaz, Austin Area Translators and Interpreters Association and Chair of the Texas Advisory Board on Qualifications of Healthcare Translators and Interpreters
  • Doug Matthews, Chief Communications Officer, City of Austin
  • Aida Douglas, Manager, Office of Diversity, CapMetro
  • Geronimo Rodriguez, Vice President, Diversity & Community Outreach, Seton Healthcare Family
  • Linda Phan, Executive Director, Asian Family Support Services of Austin

Forum participants will discuss challenges, opportunities, and resources related to key topics such as:

  • Assessing an organization's cultural proficiency
  • Developing diverse, inclusive, and culturally competent leaders
  • Guiding systemic change and an organization's transformation
  • Recruiting and retaining a diverse, multi-lingual workforce
  • Legal requirements for providing interpretation/translation services
  • Effectively utilizing your multi-lingual workforce

Who should participate: People who use the social service safety net, people who work within the social service safety net, and people who want our social service safety net to work better.

Please forward this invitation to others who you think would like to participate.

Have questions about CAN Safety Net Forum: Cultural Proficiency and Language Access? Contact Community Advancement Network

When & Where

IBC First Equity
8998 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78758

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM (CDT)

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