ERIC Number: ED327618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Twenty-Two Hispanic Leaders Discuss Poverty: Results from the Hispanic Leaders Study. Final Version.
Quiroz, Julia Teresa
This study examines the perceptions of 22 national Hispanic American leaders about poverty among Hispanics. Eleven of the leaders were Mexican American; five were Puerto Rican; four were Cuban American; one was Central American; and one was South American. Twelve of the leaders were heads of public interest organizations; six were members of Congress; two headed unions; and two were volunteer directors of national Hispanic organizations. Six of the leaders were women; 17 were men. The following summary findings are reported: (1) most believed that Hispanic poverty is growing; (2) about half believed that the nature of Hispanic poverty had changed over time; (3) about half did not consider "persistent poverty" or the "underclass" to require special attention; (4) a wide range of causes for poverty among Hispanics were identified; (5) half did not consider Hispanic poverty to be different from poverty among other groups; (6) civil rights and education were the two areas in which the leaders have seen the most improvement for low-income Hispanics; (7) half felt that education is the top public policy priority; and (8) education, social programs, political and self-help organizing, and more equitable taxation were cited as promising strategies to improve poverty conditions. The following conclusions are reported: (1) the issues of importance to these leaders sometimes parallel other national issues, but often with different emphases; (2) these leaders blend a range of strategies in their approach to poverty; (3) many of these leaders identified special challenges facing Hispanic women; and (4) Hispanic institutions can serve an important role in improving the lives of low-income Hispanics. Statistical data are presented in nine graphs and seven tables. The interview questionnaire and an 11-item bibliography are appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC. Office of Research Advocacy and Legislation.
Note: For an earlier version, see ED 325 555.