Finding Community

Diversity: Living in the Boston Area

Resources for Hispanic and Latino Faculty and Their Families

Hispanics and Latinos are the fastest growing group of people in the Boston area, and Spanish is the second most common spoken language. The largest Latino groups by country of origin are Puerto Ricans and Dominicans. There are also Salvadorans, Colombians, Guatemalans, Hondurans, Mexicans, Cubans and more.

As a result, foods from these regions abound. To find Central American, South American, Dominican and Caribbean food, markets, clothing and music, walk down Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, a multicultural neighborhood of Boston, where people of every ethnicity, socio-economic stratum and sexual orientation live. At the crossroads of Harvard and Brighton avenues in Allston, which is close to Cambridge, there are nearly 40 ethnic restaurants, including Brazilian (there's also a Brazilian grocer), Colombian, Guatemalan, Mexican and Salvadoran.

There are local Hispanic newspapers like El Planeta and online resources like Tu Boston, Boston Hispanic y Latino News & Info Noticias de Boston and Boston Online: Hispanic Boston for finding Hispanic/Latino events, places to dance, ingredients for a Latin meal, or church services in Spanish, or to mingle with other local Hispanic professionals.

Local organizations with networking opportunities include:

Latino Professional Network (LPN)

Supports the education, career development and visibility of Latino professionals in Massachusetts: monthly networking meetings, educational forums, scholarship opportunities and access to job postings. Also offers a ten-month leadership development series designed for mid-career Latinos.
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Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA)

Networking events and professional development programming for professionals and students; seeks to build relationships between members, corporate partners and the community.
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National Society of Hispanic MBAs (Boston Chapter)

Supports Hispanic professionals, MBAs and students with networking events and career development forums; on-line newsletter and a national job board.
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