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Race and Ethnic Relations Program

NALEO Educational Fund

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period October 1, 2002–September 30, 2003
  • Location Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

The 2000 Census reports that the Latino population is close to becoming the second largest population group in the United States. According to the RAND Corporation, by 2050 no single group will constitute more than 50 percent of the U.S. population. These dynamics have the potential to create a wide range of challenges involving schools and education, jobs and political representation. There is a need to prepare Latino leaders with the skills and sensitivities necessary for governing a diverse society.Funding will support efforts to open dialogue focusing on Latino and non-Latino relations which will expand to include intra-Latinos as well. Specific objectives include increasing the effectiveness of Latino elected officials to deal with issues relating to race relations; teaching the Latino constituency to campaign without using race as an issue; training the Latino constituency to work across racial and ethnic lines to address important issues; and strengthening partnerships with other ethnic organizations.The National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Education Fund, established in 1981, encourages Latinos to participate fully in the American political process.