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Group hosts 'Our Hispanic Community' event

Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, right, who wrote the book "Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon," was special guest speaker at the Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality event. He is shown with Fran Bartlett, a founding member of the organization.
Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, right, who wrote the book "Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon," was special guest speaker at the Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality event. He is shown with Fran Bartlett, a founding member of the organization. (Submitted photo, Carroll County Times)

Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality had an event called "Our Hispanic Community" on May 3 in the Carroll County Board of Education conference room.

The event - sponsored by Carroll County Public Library, Carroll Community College and Carroll County Public Schools - was live-streamed via Carroll Educational Television on Channel 21 and is available for viewing.

Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, special guest speaker, described his journey from migrant farm worker to neurosurgeon with The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Local representatives from Carroll's Hispanic community took part in a panel discussion. Panelists were: Patty Burns, Carroll County Public Schools coordinator of Interpretation and Translation Program; Sgt. Juan Bustos, Carroll County Sheriff's Office; Rosalind Esteves, Villa Maria Behavioral Health Clinic; Elena Hartley, United Hands of Carroll County, cultural navigator; Becki Maurio, Carroll Community College, director of Adult Education Programs; and Laura Guadalupe Morton, attorney. They provided differing perspectives about what it means to be Latino and work and live in the community.

The keynote speaker was Pat Hatch, from the Maryland Immigrants Rights Coalition/Maryland Office for Refugees and Asylees.

The event attracted more than 110 attendees, who walked away with new perspectives on issues surrounding the Hispanic community in Carroll County.

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