STAPLES -- The Staples campus of Central Lakes College will be the site of a May 22 seminar for individuals who work with Hispanic people.
Presenters for the four-hour seminar will be Jan Kurtz and Liliana Hennis, Spanish instructors at CLC. They will repeat the seminar May 23 at Long Prairie Middle School.
The event, which will run 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is an opportunity for educators, social workers, law enforcement professionals, firefighters, court system officials, clergy, business people and students of English as a Second Language to obtain a better understanding of what immigrants are experiencing.
"Anyone who lives where Hispanics are living will benefit," said Kurtz, "because the Hispanic population is growing. We will help clear up cultural misconceptions, share situations and solutions and provide insight to hopefully improve relations at work and in the community."
The $10 fee covers lunch and materials.
Kurtz also teaches Latin American studies at CLC. She has studied in Spain and Mexico and last year participated in the Augsburg Global Education program in Cuba. She also has done research in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Costa Rica. She created a popular course at CLC called "Many Faces of Mexico" and has 15 years of experience as an exchange student representative and counselor.
Hennis received her bachelor of arts from the Escuela Nacional del Profesorado in Argentina and her master's in curriculum and instruction from Mankato State University. She teaches intercultural communication, as well as Spanish, and sponsors summer day camps for young learners of Spanish at CLC.
Registration deadline is May 15. Call (218) 894-5302 (toll-free, 800-247-6836, extension 5302) for information.
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