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Cultural diversity workshop offered

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:49 PM

Huron County residents have until Wednesday to register for a workshop focusing on cultural diversity from a Hispanic perspective.

Sponsored by the Huron County Hispanic Task Force, the event is part of the county and city's work to reach out to the Hispanic community, said Norwalk Mayor Sue Lesch, who started the task force after discussions with residents during the two years of research that went into the comprehensive plan.

"It's an outgrowth of comprehensive planning process. It has grown from a Norwalk group to a county effort," she said.

The workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 14 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 121 Broad St., Monroeville. It will feature a presentation by Louis Guardiola, formerly with the Texas Migrant Council, as well as a panel discussion on the issues facing the local Hispanic community and an opportunity for a "resource exchange."

Lesch said invitations went to county government officials, all county schools and many businesses. However, it is open to anyone in the county who is interested.

And there are plenty of reasons for residents to be interested, not the least of which is the growing Hispanic population in the county, especially in Willard.

"In order for government to serve the Hispanic community adequately, it must know them better," said Lesch, who added employers hoping to employ Hispanic workers also stand to benefit from the workshop. But the workshop also will help provide a greater understanding for those community members who simply want to reach out.

Anyone interested should RSVP by Wednesday by calling city hall at (419) 663-6700. There is a $10 per-person registration fee, which includes lunch.

"It will present an opportunity for people to become involved and pick up some information and some additional understanding," said commissioner Mike Adelman, who will be attending the event.

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