Category Archives: Culture

Changing Lives at the Mujer Sagrada Retreat

I think the term “life-changing moment” is woefully overused. Yet there is no other way to describe the events at the recent Latino Leadership Council Retiro (retreat), MujerSagrada (Sacred Woman). In fact, what I witnessed was life-changing moment after life-changing moment. Including changes in my own life. … Continue Reading →

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Manning Up to Machismo

One of the most prevalent characteristics of our Latino culture is machismo, which in history used to be about chivalry, responsibility and strength of character and has now evolved into tough-minded, individualistic, tough-as-nails mindset and approach of many Latino men. And while machismo has many benefits – including the strong sense of responsibility to care for the needs of one’s family, the strong work ethic even in tough work conditions and the determination to provide for one’s loved ones regardless of the obstacles – it also causes a lot of tension and issues in the family and within our Latino men.p
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Celebrating Christmas Latino Style

In the United States, we often hear about the 12 Days of Christmas and the celebrations and gifts that surround that tradition. But the 12 Days of Christmas have nothing on the more than month-long holiday celebrations traditionally held by Latino communities in this country and abroad. So it comes as no surprise that around this time of year, I get a lot of questions from my non-Latino friends and associates, particularly those who work with the Latino community, about “what’s a posada?” or “what’s this thing they’re celebrating in January?” I know, there’s a lot of culture, tradition and history around Latino holidays, so I thought I would take a few moments to give a quick guide to celebrating Christmas Latino style. … Continue Reading →

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Promotores as Part of Integrated Patient Care

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in a hospital setting, I am reminded every day of the important role promotores, or community health workers, play in the health and recovery of patients in our community. Promotores are invaluable partners, educators and collaborators; unfortunately many physicians, nurses, case managers, social workers, therapists and other health professionals are not aware of the expertise promotores bring, thus don’t know how to incorporate their services into the patients’ care. … Continue Reading →

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Comadres Pass on Traditions, Skills

Visitors walking into First Elementary School in Lincoln on a Wednesday night will see a group of 25 to 30 Latinas chatting and enthusiastically making jewelry or knitting. It’s not an arts and crafts club—it is way more than that. The Lincoln ladies are part of El Rincon de las Comadres, a group of Latinas working together to share tradition and folklore as well as knowledge and marketable skills. … Continue Reading →

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