Location

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Cox Pavilion

Description

Nevada is increasingly becoming culturally ethnically and linguistically diverse with approximately 25.1% of Nevadans estimated in 2006 to 2008 by the U.S. Census Bureau to be non-white, 27.3% speaking a language other than English at home, (compared to 19.6% nationally), ad 24.9% of Hispanic or Latino origin (compared to 15.1% nationally)

Service providers nationally struggle with providing culturally and linguistically relevant services to meet the needs of shifting demographics. Southern Nevada similarly struggles with decreasing resources and increasing needs in all sectors, to include service provisions for women who are at-risk of gendered violence. Linguistic and cultural barriers have been found to further compound education, outreach, and service provision. The three most commonly spoken languages in the Las Vegas area are English, Spanish, and Tagalog (Filipino dialect) which speaks to the fast growing Spanish-speaking and Asian communities that are contributing to the diversity of Southern Nevada.

Keywords

Cultural pluralism; Intercultural communication; Nevada; Public welfare; Social work

Disciplines

Demography, Population, and Ecology | Quantitative, Qualitative, Comparative, and Historical Methodologies | Social Welfare | Social Work | Sociology

Language

English

 
Apr 20th, 1:00 PM Apr 20th, 2:00 PM

Culture, language and gendered violence in southern Nevada

University of Nevada Las Vegas, Cox Pavilion

Nevada is increasingly becoming culturally ethnically and linguistically diverse with approximately 25.1% of Nevadans estimated in 2006 to 2008 by the U.S. Census Bureau to be non-white, 27.3% speaking a language other than English at home, (compared to 19.6% nationally), ad 24.9% of Hispanic or Latino origin (compared to 15.1% nationally)

Service providers nationally struggle with providing culturally and linguistically relevant services to meet the needs of shifting demographics. Southern Nevada similarly struggles with decreasing resources and increasing needs in all sectors, to include service provisions for women who are at-risk of gendered violence. Linguistic and cultural barriers have been found to further compound education, outreach, and service provision. The three most commonly spoken languages in the Las Vegas area are English, Spanish, and Tagalog (Filipino dialect) which speaks to the fast growing Spanish-speaking and Asian communities that are contributing to the diversity of Southern Nevada.