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President Flores Attends Mayor's Press Conference on Language Access

President Flores and Dr. Noel Bezette-Flores recently attended a press conference hosted by Houston Mayor Annise Parker regarding Executive Order 1-17 on Language Access, which establishes policies for providing information about City services in critical languages.

The executive order launched a program to disseminate hurricane and other important information in five non-English languages. City of Houston departments have 60 days to determine what type of information and which languages should be featured in the program, which will begin in six months.

Parker noted that approximately 100 languages are spoken in Houston, which is the home to more than 90 foreign consulates, almost 800 foreign-owned businesses and 22 foreign-owned banks.

The 2010 U.S. Census reported Houston is about 44 percent Hispanic, 26 percent Anglo, 24 percent African-American and 6 percent Asian. Approximately 28 percent of the city's residents were born abroad.

In picture: Mayor Annise Parker (center), UHD President William Flores (second from right), members of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Rice University sociologist Steven Klineberg, City Council members Ellen Cohen and Ed Gonzalez, Director of the Office of International Communities Terence O' Neil, and President of the Turquoise House Raindrop Foundation Mehmet Okumus.


*Information courtesy of the Houston Chronicle.



*Courtesy of the Houston Chronicle. *Courtesy of the Houston Chronicle.