A lack of understanding of the pathways to a living wage combined with significant barriers- cultural, transportation, financial literacy, disadvantaged generational/wealth- create a cyclical situation that limits opportunities to access higher paying jobs.
A willingness and desire to have a diverse workforce may not translate into organizational knowledge of how to attract and recruit available talent, nor how to reach our Hispanic workforce, including the pipeline of future workforce employees and those currently working in low wage jobs.
The significant barriers facing our Hispanic community may be largely environmental, such as the transportation mismatch to access job opportunities and including the racial subculture in specific trades.
Entrepreneurship Committee Notes
Our community lacks capital and access to capital as there may be limited knowledge of resources available and few relatable coaches/mentors, including Spanish-speaking ones, to provide proper guidance and build confidence for potential small business owners.
The numerous organizations currently working in the space of supplier diversity programs may be underutilizing the existing pool of Hispanic diversity suppliers.
Different measures and metrics of how to track Hispanic business ownership may not be optimal.
Civic Participation Committee Notes
A lack of knowledge of civics basics and of the voting process along with partisan noise and cultural barriers may create a feeling of unintended apathy towards voting, especially with all the other competing life priorities.
There isn’t a nonpartisan group focused on increasing voter turnout and the current engagement of our Hispanic community is politically opportunistic vs. providing educational resources and tools to cut through the confusion.
The lack of Hispanic representation in all levels of government isn’t motivating for Hispanics to participate nor join as an “elected.” Our “high touch” community engagement is expensive and logistically harder for grassroots outreach efforts to GOTV (get out the vote).
Hispanic Collaborative; in conjunction with the MMAC