As to the reason for today’s focus on ethnic groups, as mentioned in my first post in this series, “I think civic hacking will benefit from the widest possible range of viewpoints, experiences and skills...If participants in a community or event all have extremely similar experiences, points of view and needs, that community or event will often not take advantage of opportunities or even be aware of those opportunities. They may fail to work on or even imagine a particularly worthwhile civic hack because the idea never occurred to them.”
- Better access to multi-lingual resources, including English as a second language.
- Increased civic engagement for ethnic groups, especially if people are from an ethnic background where that wasn’t encouraged or a background where civic engagement was much more prevalent.
- More ethnic group involvement in the NE Wisconsin technology community.
- Address issues of demographically-lower broadband Internet access and more extensive use of cellphones for Internet access.
- Promoting, improving or organizing ethnic celebrations.
In addition to whatever general marketing and promotion is being done for civic hacking activities in NE Wisconsin, there are additional actions that might result in having more ethnic groups represented in those civic hacking activities. A few of those additional actions are:
- Reach out to leaders of ethnic groups to explain civic hacking, asking them to publicize civic hacking with their groups and encourage their group members to consider being civic hackers. Those groups include Multicultural Center of Greater Green Bay, Oneida Nation, Menominee Nation, Casa Hispana, North East Wisconsin Chinese Association, Northeast Wisconsin African American Association, Hmong Mutual Assistance Association of Sheboygan, and others.
- Reach out to appropriate faculty and student groups at NE Wisconsin colleges to explain civic hacking, asking them to publicize civic hacking and encourage ethnic group members they know to consider being civic hackers. These student groups and faculty include UWO Multicultural Education Center, SNC Multicultural Student Services, and Professor Ray Hutchison at UWGB in Urban and Ethnic Studies program.
- Identify ethnic websites and forums actively used by members of NE Wisconsin ethnic groups and use those communication channels to promote civic hacking activities in the region.
- If any of the three above actions are successful at generating enthusiastic civic hackers who are also active in their ethnic group communities, ask them to consider being ‘civic hacking ambassadors’ to their peers with the goal of getting more active civic hackers from their ethnic group.
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Green Bay: 77.9% White, 3.5% African American, 4.1% Native American, 4.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 7.2% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.4%
Appleton: 87.5% White, 1.7% African American, 0.7% Native American, 5.9% Asian, 2.2% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.0%
Oshkosh: 90.5% White, 3.1% African American, 0.8% Native American, 3.2% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7%
Sheboygan: 82.5% White, 1.8% African American, 0.5% Native American, 9.0% Asian, 3.6% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.9%
Fond du Lac: 90.6% White, 2.5% African American, 0.7% Native American, 1.8% Asian, 2.5% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.4%
Manitowoc: 89.9% White, 1.0% African American, 0.6% Native American, 4.6% Asian, 2.1% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.0%
Neenah: 93.7% White, 1.3% African American, 0.7% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 1.3% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.8%
De Pere: 94.0% White, 0.9% African American, 1.2% Native American, 1.5% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1%