The Southern Extension and Research Activity-37 (better known as SERA-37)  brings together over ninety land-grant university faculty: (1) to work collaboratively in understanding the challenges and opportunities associated with Latinos in the South; (2) to strengthen the research, Extension outreach, and public policy work being done with Latinos in our region’s land-grant university system; and (3) to advance educational programs and technical assistance to meet the diverse needs of our growing Latino population.

2011- Recently SERA-37 is working towards developing a Regional Conference in the South. We are currently developing a conference committee to move ahead on this task.

We are also updating our List of SERA-37 members– Make sure you appear correctly!


2010 SERA 37 Free Webinar Series – CEU credits available

You can join us for the webinars using most any computer with speakers. The links for each session are next to their titles below. Please click on the link and it will pull up in a new window.

There are no passwords for these sessions, you must just enter as a guest using your email and name. Please try to log in about 5 to 10 minutes ahead of time to test out your audio equipment prior to the beginning of the meeting. You can review information at this link for more details about the login process:


1) September 28, 2010, 12 pm ET, 11 am CT:  Watch the Webinar by clicking here

Fiorella Horna-Guerra: Cultural Awareness Begins by Looking Inward–Understanding our Personal Perspectives, Biases, & Assumptions

Learning Objectives

As a result of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

· Define key concepts pertaining to diversity and cultural competence,

· Reflect on his/he culture and background and describe ways in which these inform his/her interaction with others,

· Discuss ways to he/she may improve service delivery by becoming more community-grounded and culturally aware.


2) October 7, 2010, 12 pm ET, 11 am CT: Watch the Webinar by clicking here

Krista Perreira: The Demography of Childhood Immigration and Latino Adolescent Health (SERA-37 in-person meeting and webinar)

Click here for her presentation pdf

Click here for a paper that will help you think about immigration

Learning Objectives

· Describe the stock and flow of children with immigrant parents to the US and North Carolina

· Identify the health care needs of immigrant children, especially those from Central American countries

· Understand the challenges of providing health care services to immigrant children and their parents, especially those from Central American countries

· Explain the steps health care providers, policy makers, and others can take to improve the well-being of immigrant children and their parents.

3) October 20, 2010, 12 pm ET, 11 am CT: PPT linked here

Rogelio Saenz: The Demography of Latino Workers and Families in the South

Learning Objectives

· To understand the demographic processes associated with population growth in the Latino population

· To understand the factors contributing to the migration of Latinos to the United States and to new destination areas

· To understand the social and economic conditions of Latinos in the South compared to other regions of the country


4) November 5, 2010, 12 pm ET,  11 am CT: Watch the Webinar by clicking here

Monica Rosas and Art Cosby: The 2009 Social Climate for Hispanic Immigration in the U.S.

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Learning Objectives

· To learn about the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors of the U.S. population as they pertain to Hispanic immigrants, immigration and immigration policy.

· To learn about some of the social and cultural factors that frame U.S. public opinion concerning Hispanic immigration.

5) November 18, 2010, 12 pm ET, 11 am CT: Watch the Webinar by clicking here

Andrew Behnke: Collaborating to Make a Lasting Difference among Latino Communities

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Learning Objectives

· Knowledge of what effective collaborations look like.

· How to make long lasting collaborations with Latino partners.

· How to identify and fill the needs of partners and establish a firm commitment.


6) December 10, 2010, 2pm ET, 1 pm CT: Watch the Webinar by clicking here

Frank Sharry: Immigration 101: Policies and Implications for Professionals

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Learning Objectives

· Understand the nature of immigration in the United States, particularly with regard to the Latino community.

· Understand views of Americans on various immigration issues and proposed solutions.

· Understand immigration reform policy choices and their implications for border security, the economy and community security.


7) December 16, 2010, 1pm ET, 12 pm CT: Watch the Webinar by clicking here

Sharon Gibson and Laurie Cantrell: Cultural Competence for Extension Professionals: A Second Look Inward

Learning Objectives

Extension Professionals will:

· Recognize personal biases – feelings, values, attitudes, and beliefs about others

· Increase understanding of their own culture and have basic understanding of cultural principles.

· Address additional issues and topics that further the cultural awareness/competence discussion begun in the September webinar.

· Discover ways of communicating in a multicultural environment

· Reflect on Cooperative Extension in a Multicultural Environment


8 ) January 28, 12 pm ET, 1 pm CT: Watch the Webinar by clicking here

Nayeli Huerta-Perez: The DREAM Act and Advocacy Education

Learning Objectives

By completing this session participants will be able to:

· Understand the DREAM Act’s content, benefits, requirements and process,

· Know the current status of this piece of legislation,

· Learn about actions being taken by students, groups and organizations at the local, state and national levels,

· Identify, implement and develop immediate and long term actions to advocate higher education for all students.


9 ) April 28, 12 pm ET, 1 pm CT: Click here to join the webinar

Dr. Ron Cox, Ms. Jean Dwyer: Spanish-Language Resources for Community Programming

Learning Objectives

By completing this session participants will be able to:

· Navigate the wealth of on-line resources available at Programacion en Espanol
· Effectively navigate English sides of Spanish-language resource sites for those who do not speak Spanish
· Feel comfortable accessing on-line Spanish-language resources


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