Workshops an aid to Latino women |

Workshops an aid to Latino women

Kay Vasilakis
Special to the Post Independent

Sylvia Monteiro designed a program entitled Solo Para Mujeres, or Only for Latino Women, and is offering workshops Saturday, Oct. 18 and 25, and Nov. 8 and 15 at the CMC campus on Blake Avenue in Glenwood Springs. The cost of each three-hour session is $20.

Monteiro wants to help those who are experiencing the hardships of being in a different county and not knowing where to go to ask for help.

She says women’s lives, especially those of Latino women, have many cultural complexities, including the feeling of isolation, hard work, children, lack of opportunities because of a lack of information, and the depression that goes along with those factors.

Monteiro considers education the only equalizer in life. She believes people must know the rules of the country and how to work with its systems if they want to succeed.

Some of the topics to be covered in the three-hour sessions will be how to make a budget, how to live in the United States, the importance of obeying the law, rights and obligations, domestic violence, drugs, driving under the influence, the educational system, American values vs. Latino values and avoiding depression.

Officially, Colorado has a 16 percent Latino population, but the more accurate figure would be closer to 20 percent.

Monteiro can provide consultation on cultural awareness and how to deal with the Latino culture for professionals, in English. Call for an appointment at 945-2583.

Monteiro has a masters’ degree in psycholinguistics and has 14 years of bilingual and bicultural experience. She is an adjunct CMC professor teaching Spanish to English-peaking students, is an expert witness for the court system, and is a bilingual family advocate.

Solo para Mujeres

Provided by Colorado West Counseling Services

Oct. 18 and 25, Nov. 8 and 15

CMC Blake Center

$20 per session

Registration: 945-2583

Topics such as “How to live in the United States” and “How to live the American dream without losing our roots”

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