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Since 1994, the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber (HMC) has provided a valuable forum for the Hispanic business community to share ideas, concerns and successes. Gale Castillo, Interim Executive Director of HMC was kind enough to take time from her busy schedule to explain the challenges facing the Latino community in Portland.
Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber by Jack Kerfoot
Gale shared her story of growing up in Oakland, California at a time when school counselors assumed Latinos wouldn't go to college. I could relate to her story, as I grew up at a time when "my kind," which was code for Native Americans were guided to trade schools. Gale emphasized that stereotyping Latinos is still prevalent in Portland, today.
HMC's mission is to advance Latino economic and community vitality through business development, leadership education, scholarships for aspiring students and a savings program for education and business startup. HMC's vision is that Latinos prosper and contribute as business owners and community leaders in an inclusive economy.
Gale emphasized that HMC has provided over $2,000,000 in university scholarships for Latino students. She believes that our city government should create more opportunities for all minority students. As an example, our city government could provide intern positions to develop our city's future leaders.
What better way to build a stronger multicultural community than donating to the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber scholarship fund? I know, I intend to donate.
This article was reprinted with permission from Jack Kerfoot. Jack is a candidate for Portland Commissioner.
"On September 20, 2019, Gale Castillo was kind enough to meet with me to explain the challenges facing the Latino community in Portland. This Vimeo podcast was made a few years ago, but I found it insightful." - Jack Kerfoot
"Founder and Executive Director of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Gail Castillo discusses her early years in Texas, experiences as an Oregon educator and political advisor, and how the Latino community has grown and changed over the last three decades. A complementary component to the Spring 2016 project above, the interview was conducted at Milagro Theatre in April 2017 by emerging Latino filmmakers from Portland area colleges and universities, with support from the Film Center's faculty of teaching artists." - Vimeo Description
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