On September 10th, Ana G. Mendez University System (AGMUS) hosted a Dignidad y Trabajo (DYT) forum in Spanish at their Tampa campus for over 40 students and community members. During the forum, a 5-member panel spoke on the importance of dignity in the workplace. Panelists included AGMUS Psychology Professor Rafael Fuentes, Lydia Medrano, LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) Southeast Regional Vice President, Nelson Borges from the EEOC office, and Joyce Hamilton, Director of Advocacy, ACLU of Florida.
The forum was part of the DYT campaign, which seeks to raise awareness regarding the importance of providing equal treatment based on sexual orientation and gender identity at work in the Hispanic community of Florida. Additionally, the campaign provides a platform for individuals to speak openly about the discriminatory issues that most affect their lives. Several of the forum’s attendees, including staff and professors, are joining the DYT campaign to share their stories and continue promoting awareness.
This event has sparked conversations that are not yet over. AGMUS is very proud to be taking the lead to ensure that these conversations continue within the Hispanic community. AGMUS staff and faculty are excited to host a second forum at the Orlando campus in late October.
By Rachel Manzo, ACLU of Florida Intern