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

Andrea Albertin
Regional Specialized Agent
Northwest District

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

Vanessa Campoverde
Extension Agent
Miami-Dade County

Eva Pabon
Extension Agent
Osceola County

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

Cecilia Suarez
Assistant Professor
Agricultural Education and Communication 

Laura Valencia
Extension Agent
Osceola County


Armando Ubeda
Extension Agent
Sarasota 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.

As part of the University of Florida’s Diversity Initiatives, CAFE Latino (created in the spring of 2018) was built and designed by UF/IFAS Extension faculty to help increase the capacity and competency for Extension to serve the needs of Florida’s growing Latinx population. It is recognized by the university’s inclusivity initiative — led by Chief Diversity Officer Antonio Farias.

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 50 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

Note: This image was taken prior to national guidelines of face coverings and social distancing.

Latest Blogs About CAFE Latino

UF/IFAS, UF College of Medicine combine to offer health screenings for farmworkers

WIMAUMA, Fla. --- With about 200,000 migrant farmworkers in Florida, UF/IFAS Extension and the UF College of Medicine will screen as many as possible for various health conditions and give them nutrition information to help improve access to...

UF/IFAS Extension faculty produce videos to educate Latinx population during pandemic

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of bilingual UF/IFAS Extension agents has created a series of educational videos to market its services...

Let’s Walk Florida to address community wellness for all

Let’s Walk Florida will stretch statewide in May to address community wellness across diverse communities. The free, virtual UF/IFAS Extension program helps Floridians achieve their health and wellness goals through physical activity. Let’s...