Peters to dis­cuss Shore im­mi­gra­tion trends Oct. 16

Sunday Star - - LIFE -

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.”

MATTHEW PETERS

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