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Hispanics have accounted for more than half of total U.S. population growth since 2010 (Krogstad, 2020). In 2015 the U.S. Latino population became the fastest growing and youngest population (Child Trends, 2015) in the nation. As a response, Land-Grant Universities have increased outreach and service to the growing Latino community. Despite these efforts, however, some Extension professionals still have little contact with this population, while recognizing that more could be done to provide services to Latinos and being interested in learning about their local communities (Martinez, etal. 2016). Today, we are excited to have a conversation about strategies and resources available to connect Latino youth, families, and communities with Extension resources.
Claudia Diaz Carrasco currently serves as an Area 4-H Youth Development Advisor, in California's vast Inland Region. Claudia's primary focus is to develop, implement, evaluate, strengthen and expand local 4-H programming to better serve currently under-represented populations and places, including Latino and/or low-income youth. She also serves as the Region 10 STEAM Consultant for the California Dept. of Education Expanded Learning Division. Diaz supports the UC Mexico initiative, by providing Mexican partners training and technical assistance which allows them to start 4-H clubs across the border.
Claudia assists the UC Davis Global Engagement office in the Guatemala Food for Progress implementation. The project sought to address the needs of smallholder producers, mainly through its support for the rebirth of Guatemala’s National Rural Extension System under the authority of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA). She holds an MS in International Agriculture from Oklahoma State University.