Introducing the 2014 Latino Initiative

MEX.Olson Huff

This summer, a fresh group of community leaders representing Mecklenburg and Union Counties will travel to Mexico, joining the ranks of Latino Initiative participants that are making global connections for Latinos across North Carolina. They will study the social, historical and cultural context of Mexico in an effort to identify and address the needs of Latinos in their own communities. We are happy to welcome these new leaders and look forward to the knowledge they will bring to further advance North Carolina as a global state.

Welcome the latest Latino Initiative program participants personally and share your experience as a CIU alum. What is your advice for incoming travelers as they prepare for this new experience?


Latino Initiative Program 2014

Mecklenburg County

John Autry, Council Member, City of Charlotte  

Rixon Campbell, Director, Multicultural Student Affairs, Johnson C. Smith University

May Cheung, Director of Nursing, Quality Institute Health Careers & Diversity Education, AHEC

Kristin Davis, County Extension Agent, NC Cooperative Extension

Jess George, Executive Director, Latin American Coalition

Elizabeth Hardin, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs, UNC Charlotte

Mary T. McCray, Chair, Board of Education, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Ellen McIntyre, Dean of College of Education, UNC Charlotte

Kerr Putney, Deputy Chief Charlotte Mecklenburg Police

Union County

Gustavo Arévalo, Latino Outreach Coordinator, Union County Public Schools Peter Hovanec, Public Information Officer, City of Monroe

Tripp Helms, District Court Judge, City of Monroe

Kevin Plue, Principal at Forest Hill High School, Union County Public Schools

Melinda Plue, Executive Director, The Arc Union County

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