Valley Mountain Regional Center’s Cultural outreach is a movement meant to expand our responsiveness and affinity for our diverse sectors of our developmental disabilities community within our valley and mountain regions. We achieve this by reaching out and participating in the public square whenever and wherever it’s engaged, helping to build power and agency among groups who feel they have none, and strengthening the advocacy of individuals with developmental disabilities. Finally, and inline with the famous quote by Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”, we have an internal group called the Cultural and Linguistic Competence Organizational Change Committee that is busy working with our Cultural Specialist Gaby Lopez, to guide our journey in cultural competence.
To view the March 25, 2021 VMRC Purchase of Services (POS) Expenditures Meeting held in English, click here.
To view the March 29, 2021 VMRC Purchase of Services (POS) Expenditures Meeting held in Spanish, click here.
We started working as a group in October 2019. The project is with Georgetown University and it includes North Bay as well. I got the funding through a Disparity Grant that was written by SCDD, DRC, and the UCEDs. We are at the point where we are wrapping up our final report (attached is a draft of our first report) to Georgetown which includes our learning experience plus our plans for moving forward which include: (1) Continuing our CLC Committee and adding some outside stakeholders. (2) We are holding focus groups with independent community groups and receiving input from them. It’s a unique process where we ask a representative a few questions but they have their own meeting without us then their leaders report back to us. (3) We have an internal workgroup that recruits interested employees each month to help highlight information about different holidays or recognitions that have a cultural element to it (attached). (4) We added questions regarding cultural competence in our strategic plan survey and issues came up for us to address in strategic planning (one of the issues is to develop a Diversity Policy for the organization including questions in the interviews, descriptions in the job descriptions, and vendor packet questions.
Our 3rd Annual Cultural Fair was held on Saturday, October 5th at our Stockton office. The event was attended by over 1300 people and over 80 vendors. To see local media coverage on the event, click the links below.
June 20, 2019 – Update
The Department of Developmental Services recently made four reports about what they are doing to reduce Disparities in using services. Each one is written in English and Spanish.
1. Background and Process for Developing Disparity Measures(PDF)
2. List of Disparity Measures (PDF)
3. Disparity Measures (with How-To-Read) (PDF)
4. Appendix (PDF)
El propósito de las medidas es permitir que el departamento, los consumidores y las familias, y otras partes interesadas, hagan un seguimiento del progreso en la reducción de las disparidades.
1. Antecedentes y Proceso para Desarrollar Medidas de Disparidad(PDF)
2. Lista de Medidas de Disparidad (PDF)
3. Medidas de Disparidad (con Instrucciones para Leer) (PDF)
4. Apéndice (PDF)
The Cultural Corner, by VMRC Cultural Specialist Carlos Hernandez
Cinco de Mayo
On 5 de Mayo my colleagues and I attended El Concilio’s 5 de Mayo event at Weber point in Stockton. As we set up for the event I couldn’t help thinking if agencies and guests in attendance recognized the reason that Cinco de Mayo was being celebrated. The true meaning of Cinco de Mayo is a remembrance of a victory by Mexican troops in La Batalla de Puebla (The Battle of Puebla). This battle was more than 50 years after the actual independence of Mexico from Spanish rule. This battle, however, is the celebration of the victory over the French. This battle signifies the resilience of the Mexican people, and the will to never give up.
Growing up in Bakersfield, CA, I lived in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood. Even though it wasn’t Mexico, I was surrounded by the Hispanic culture, and was raised to respect and celebrate my roots. Being at this event brought back lots of childhood memories. Witnessing people of all different cultures dancing and smiling, waving and wrapping themselves in the “bandera Mexicana” brought a sense of pride and honor in that we are all one. We at VMRC spoke to 325 people and had a blast seeing these people come up to our table and thank VMRC for the great effort and results families in the community have had.
I would like to thank my partners Employment Specialist, Enos Edmerson Jr, Assistant to the Director, Doug Bonnet, and Senior Service Coordinator, Renee Williams, for helping us outreach.
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