WSU Conectándote

The radio show WSU Conectándote was initially launched at Washington State University (WSU), because the university wanted to help the Latin Community accomplish its educational goals and ultimately, improve the quality of life for this community. In August 2011, the Commission on Hispanic Affairs offered WSU a couple spots on their radio program, “Conozca Su Gobierno.” We didn’t think twice before accepting the invitation, because we knew it was an important opportunity to bring educational resources and information to parents and future students. After almost six months of being a guest on this statewide radio show, we realized that because our appearances were sporadic and only aired for 30 minutes at a time, we needed and wanted to find a more regular and permanent way of staying in touch with our Latin Community. This is why the WSU Conectándote web page was created. Here, we share “on air” information and more. Explore, learn, and stay connected with WSU at

Phone: 1-877-978-2489

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Washington State Coalition for Language Access

How was WASCLA created?

The U.S. Department of Justice allocated funds to create a Northwest Regional Six-State Summit in May 2005. The summit brought together state participants from six states to discuss and develop plans to improve access and delivery of services to immigrant victims in their states. Representatives of Washington State identified Limited English Proficiency (LEP) as a justice and social service system barrier that prevents immigrant survivors from accessing available resources. Washington representatives identified an action plan to improve interpreter/translation services for immigrant survivors accessing legal services, medical care, and other community services. Some of the long-term goals for the action plan are to:

• Educate groups about legal requirements to provide interpreters
• Develop quality control standards and requirements for ongoing training
• Secure funding to support interpreter services and training
• Increase the pool of qualified interpreters and develop a centralized database
• Develop a model curriculum for interpretation services and cultural sensitivity training
• Develop a model curriculum for training for service providers

Our Mission

To ensure the provision and delivery of effective legal, medical, social services to Limited English Proficient (LEP) residents in Washington State through the collaborative efforts of interpreters, translators, and service providers.

Our Vision

WASCLA seeks a Washington State free of language and cultural barriers for all residents through the:

Continuation and expansion of the annual educational Summits for interpreters, translators, service providers, advocates, and other interested persons;
Development of language access policies and the sharing of technologies and resources for interpreters and translators;
Education and training of service providers and other groups on identifying LEP individuals who access their services and satisfying the legal requirements to provide interpreters and translators;
Development of a model curriculum for service providers that includes quality control standards and ongoing training for working with interpreters and translators;
Development of a model curriculum for interpretation services and cultural sensitivity training;
Creation of funding support for interpreter and translator services and training;
Expansion of the pool of qualified interpreters and translators;
Creation of a centralized database (or directory) of interpreters and translators.

Mailing Address:

1037 NE 65th St. # 262
Seattle, WA 98115

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Washington State CASA

A CASA is a volunteer appointed by the court to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in dependency court. To do this, CASAs investigate case facts, recommend a course of action to the court, facilitate the resolution of problems, and monitor progress towards establishing permanency for the child.

CASA volunteers are people from all walks of life who step forward to make a difference in a child’s life. Appointed by a judge, they work as trained advocates for children who have entered the court system as victims of abuse or neglect on the part of their caregivers. In many instances, the CASA volunteer is the one consistent adult in the life of a child, who has already lost so much by the time he or she enters an over-burdened system. Children with CASA representation generally spend less time in the court system, less time in foster care, and have a better chance at a safe, stable home.

No previous experience is necessary to become a CASA – when you become a volunteer, we’ll provide you with extensive training, constant backup support, and the power to positively influence life-changing court decisions.

In 2011, 2410 CASA volunteers advocated for 6945 abused and neglected kids across Washington. Unfortunately, thousands of children are still unserved. They need your voice!

Phone: (206) 667-9716

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US Hispanic Leadership Institute

USHLI is a Chicago-based national nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization that promotes education, civic participation, and leadership development for Latinos and other similarly disenfranchised groups.

The USHLI has developed into one of the most powerful, nationally and internationally recognized Latino organizations in the country by organizing and conducting nonpartisan voter registration and leadership development programs in 40 states. Our organization has been able to maintain a stable presence in hundreds of communities over the years by promoting empowerment and civic responsibility.

USHLI is led by Dr. Juan Andrade Jr., one of only two Latino recipients in history of a Presidential Medal “for the performance of exemplary deeds of service for the nation” and “excellence in promoting leadership and civic participation”. Committed to securing a brighter future for our country, USHLI constantly strives to improve and adapt our society to the ever changing complexion of the nation. As we move forward, USHLI will continue its mission and is determined to fulfill the promises of the United States in the spirit of Cesar Chavez who always believed, “Si Se Puede”!

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The Latino/A Educational Achievement Project (LEAP)

Our Mission: Improve academic achievement of Latino/a students in Washington state.
Our Goal: All students will graduate from high school with the skills, knowledge and confidence needed for success in postsecondary education or in today’s information age and technology-driven workplace.

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Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 public education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students. OSPI is housed in the Old Capitol Building in Olympia.

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National Association of Latino Elected/Appointed Officials

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) and the
NALEO Educational Fund, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization that facilitates the full participation of
Latinos in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.

A nonpartisan 501 (c)(3) organization first established in 1981, we carry out our mission through programs
that integrate Latinos fully into American political society, provide professional development opportunities
and technical assistance to the nation’s more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials, and monitor
and conduct advocacy on issues important to the Latino community and our political participation.

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Department of Revenue of Washington State

Our Service Commitment
Department of Revenue employees are committed to an exceptional level of service. Taxpayers and stakeholders deserve access to good information and simple methods for complying with their tax obligations.

We are committed to making your interaction with our Department professional and helpful.

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Hispanic Roundtable

The mission of the Hispanic Roundtable is to strengthen the Latino community by supporting and promoting our member agencies and by serving as an educational, cultural, economic, and service agency resource.

The Hispanic Roundtable serves as a support system towards educational access and the social needs of Latinos.

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Everett Public School District

Everett Public School District
Our mission:

Our mission is to inspire, educate, motivate, and prepare each student to achieve to high standards, contribute to our community, and thrive in a global society.

Our vision:

Our students will lead and shape the future.

Our district:

Student achievement is the top priority at Everett Public Schools. We have high expectations and measurable standards in every core subject area and frequently assess student progress.

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Washington State Department Of Financial Institutions

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) regulates and examines a variety of state chartered financial services. The Department also provides education and outreach to protect consumers from financial fraud. Contact us at 1.877.RING DFI (746-4334) or by emailing

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John Fraire

A published playwright, former executive director of the New Latino Visions Theatre Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and a Washington State Arts Commissioner.

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John Fraire
Vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment at Washington State University.
Phone: 509-335-5900

Mr. Fraire has been involved with CHA on many projects, including the W.S.U. radio program, “Conectandote”, with Ambar Martinez and Marcela Pattinson, and an occasional guest on the CHA Spanish radio show. More information about “Conectandote” can be found here: Conectandote

Latino Community Fund

We invest in the Latino community to cultivate new leaders, support effective non-profit organizations, and improve the quality of life for all Washingtonians.

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