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Dr. John Diaz
Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist
Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

Jonael Bosques-Menendez
County Extension Director and Agricultural Agent
Hardee County 

Karla Shelnutt
Associate Professor
Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences 

Laura Valencia
Extension Agent
Osceola County


CAFE Latino

There are five million Spanish speakers in Florida (out of 21 million residents and growing). This large portion of our population can be better served if we are able to provide more materials and support in Spanish. The Coalition of Florida Extension for Latino Communities (CAFE Latino) is assisting in this effort. In addition, CAFE Latino is gaining visibility in Extension across the country (as well as international inquiries), and as such requires a robust presence.

Dr. John Diaz led the development of CAFE Latino (created in the spring of 2018)in collaboration with Dr. Karla Shelnutt, Jonael Bosques-Mendez and Laura Valencia to help increase the capacity and competency for Extension to serve the needs of Florida’s growing Latinx population. 

CAFE Latino represents a grassroots service organization that is focused on enhancing the access and efficacy of Extension programs. Comprised of Extension faculty and staff across the state (with expertise in all program areas), the 70 members of CAFE Latino are not solely Latinx faculty and staff. Instead, the group includes representation from various racial/ethnic groups. We invite all who are interested in advancing culturally-responsive programs for multicultural audiences.

a group photo of members of CAFE Latino


Latest Blogs About CAFE Latino

USDA, Extensión Cooperativa y APLU galardonan a UF/IFAS CAFÉ Latino mediante el Premio Nacional de Diversidad en Extensión

Creado por Lourdes Mederos, gerente de relaciones públicas en español para el Departamento de Comunicaciones de UF/IFAS.  Desde el 2016, un número creciente de profesionales de University of Florida han unido esfuerzos para mejorar...

USDA, Cooperative Extension, APLU recognize UF/IFAS CAFÉ Latino with National Extension Diversity Award

Since 2016, a growing number of University of Florida faculty have joined forces to enhance access and efficacy of information and programs to Spanish-speaking communities within the Sunshine State. They developed the ...

UF/IFAS y la Facultad de Medicina de UF se unen durante un evento de nutrición y seguridad laboral para ayudar a los trabajadores agrícolas

Especialistas de University of Florida - Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) y de la Facultad de Medicina de UF, evaluarán a los trabajadores agrícolas para la detección temprana de...