Meet Dr. Dexter Wakefield, the National FFA Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Dexter works to review current trends in agricultural education and seek ways to promote a holistic view of the importance of agricultural education to a broader audience. He has a total of 17 years of experience as an agriculture educator in Georgia, Indiana and Illinois, working for 11 of those years as coordinator of agricultural education and communications at Southern Illinois University.
In this post, Dexter shares some excellent resources for celebrating
National Hispanic Heritage Month.
In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed National Hispanic Heritage Week to honor the contributions of Americans who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, the countries of Central and South America and the Caribbean. In 1974, President Gerald Ford issued a Presidential Proclamation extending Hispanic heritage week into an annual month long event. In 2002, the Hispanic population became the largest minority group in the United States. Today there are more than 50.5 million Hispanics/Latinos (64 percent Mexicans, 9 percent Puerto Ricans and 3 percent Cuban) in the country. The lives of these Americans are worthy of celebration and remind us of the rich contributions Hispanics/Latinos make and have made in the world.
Please join the National FFA Organization in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by paying tribute to the more than 85,000 (16% of the membership) Hispanic/Latino FFA members involved in agriculture.
We are also pleased to announce that FFA will celebrate Hispanic heritage at the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo. The term “somos” is a Spanish verb meaning “we are,” hence the celebration theme, “Somos FFA, We Are FFA.” We will pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of a special community within agriculture, FFA and agricultural education.
Informational and teaching supplements:
- YouTube – Learn about the Hispanic/Latino culture
- General information on Hispanic and Latino History
- Audio, video, podcast, and webcast on Hispanic and Latino Culture
- Hispanic and Latino role models
- The Smithsonian Education contribution to Hispanic Heritage Month. (Great teaching resources.)
- Famous First by Hispanic Americans
- Cesar Chavez
- Notable Hispanic Information
- Test your knowledge on Hispanic history, culture, geography and more
- Hispanic Heritage Month Recommended Reading List for grades K-Adult
- NASA 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month Profile – Luis Dominguez – Jet Propulsion Laboratory