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Dr. John Diaz
President
Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist
Gulf Coast Research and Education Center
john.diaz@ufl.edu

Andrea Albertin
Regional Specialized Agent
Northwest District
albertin@ufl.edu

Jonael Bosques-Menendez
County Extension Director and Agricultural Agent
Hardee County
jonael@ufl.edu 

Vanessa Campoverde
Extension Agent
Miami-Dade County
evcampoverde@ufl.edu

Eva Pabon
Extension Agent
Osceola County
epabon5@ufl.edu

Karla Shelnutt
Associate Professor
Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences
kpagan@ufl.edu 

Cecilia Suarez
Assistant Professor
Agricultural Education and Communication
suarez@ufl.edu 

Laura Valencia
Extension Agent
Osceola County
lauraval@ufl.edu

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Armando Ubeda
Extension Agent
Sarasota County
aubeda@ufl.edu

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 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...
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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...
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Cafe Latino: A UF/IFAS Extension resource for Hispanics during COVID-19

By John Diaz  CAFE Latino (Coalition of Florida Extension Educators for Latino Communities) is here to help in many ways. For those who do not know who we are, we are a unique grassroots effort. We are designed to connect the...
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