Peters to discuss Shore immigration trends Oct. 16
EASTON — Matthew Peters, director of the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center, will discuss historical immigration trends and recent demographic changes at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Talbot County Free Library, 100 W. Dover St., Easton.
Peters will explain the reasons for recent demographic shifts and opportunities they bring to the MidShore. This program is sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Easton chapter.
As director of ChesMRC, Peters, known as “Mateo” to his clients, helps the organization empower people from different cultures to become successful and engaged members of the community.
Through education, ChesMRC strives to break down cultural barriers that arise from differences in language, appearance or ethnic traditions. It has assisted more than 2,000 immigrants and families.
Peters is fluent in Spanish and has extensive, handson experience with Central American culture, having lived in rural Guatemala for 13 years. After obtaining a degree in forestry from Penn State, Peters joined the Peace Corps for a twoyear assignment in rural Guatemala to work on reforestation programs.
An Eagle Scout, Peters is also the leader of Cub Scout Pack #3 in Easton, which is comprised of 40 boys who are children of immigrants.
AAUW has been empowering women since 1881, advancing equal treatment through advocacy, education, and research. The Easton branch is currently celebrating its 60th year.
According to a press release, the AAUW Easton branch “promises that when you join us you will belong to a community committed to breaking educational and economic barriers to give all women and girls a fair chance. If you believe in this fundamental vision and wish to help, call Connie Wolfe, 410-819-6789 for membership information or visit easton-md.aauw.net.”