Find current, culturally appropriate resources for teaching and learning about Utah’s Latino communities, heroes and events. Check back regularly for updates and submit comments and suggestions here.
Latinos represent roughly 62.1 million people in the United States or 18.7% of the population in 2020.1 We originate from 34 out of 35 of the countries in the Americas, including the United States. In Utah, we make up 15.1% of the population since 2020. Notably, 40.1% of Utahns under 18 identified as Latino and Hispanic since 2020, the largest share of any other group, including White or Caucasian.2 Through our Spanish ancestry, our presence in Utah is centuries longer than that of white Americans. Through our Native American ancestry, our presence in Utah is millennia longer than that of white Americans. From the mythic history of el Lago Teguayo to the San Rafael Swell, we are integral to the history of Utah.
The vast majority of Latinos, roughly 87%, are citizens or otherwise documented inhabitants of the United States.3 While roughly 78% of the undocumented community originates from Latin America, the remaining percentages emerges from Asia (15%), Europe (4%) and Africa (3%).4 Notably, the undocumented community in Utah amounts to 2.8% of our population,5 surpassing the number of Black Utahns (1.5%), Native American Utahns (1.6%), Asian Utahns (2.7%), and Pacific Islander Utahns (1.1%).6
In Utah, 30,000 of these undocumented immigrants are Dreamers, or youth who came to the US and have spent a majority of their formative years in the United States.7 These students are in your classrooms, and, like all students, deserve to see their histories, contributions, and realities compassionately discussed in the classroom.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our communities. Utah will be a more powerful, healthy, and joyful state because of teachers like you.
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