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What impact will the increase in the Hispanic population have on Corridor businesses? /wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Impact.mp3 What impact does the aging workforce have on Corridor businesses? /wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Immigration.mp3 As Iowa's Hispanic and non-white population continues to grow, Corridor businesses will need to take note in order to be prepared for these changing demographics.
In addition to the boom in the Hispanic population, Iowa will see more African Americans, Asians and Native Americans migrating to the state.
Corridor business leaders say they believe having a diverse staff is key to being able to compete in a global market.
Area immigration and diversity experts added that businesses will need to examine recruitment and retention strategies when it comes to meeting the needs of a changing workforce.
A changing population Latinos will continue to make up a growing share of markets for businesses, according to Mark Grey, director of the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration and a professor of anthropology at the University of Northern Iowa.
In addition, he said they will represent an increasing percentage of the workforce.
The Hispanic population is not homogeneous, though.
There is increasing diversity among languages spoken and places of origin, Grey noted.
Refugees in the Heartland Conference Presenters/Contributors | The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights
Mark A. Grey, Ph.D. is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Northern Iowa.
He is also Director of the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration.
The Iowa Center is an award-winning program that provides consultation, training, and publications to Iowa communities, churches, organizations, and employers as they deal with the unique challenges and opportunities associated with influxes of immigrant and refugee newcomers.
Dr. Grey is also Associate Director of the Iowa Center on Health Disparities.
Dr. Grey received his Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
He has published extensively in academic journals on immigration in the Midwest including recent articles in Human Organization and Religion and Education.
He has also published extensively for non-academic audiences.
His handbooks include Welcoming New Iowans: A Guide for Citizens and Communities and Welcoming NewIowans: A Guide for Managers and Supervisors.
has won numerous awards for his
activities, including the One Iowa Award
, Iowa Friends of Civil Rights Award
, Iowa Council for International Understanding Vision Award
, the University of Northern Iowa
Distinguished Service Award, and the Iowa Regents Award
for Faculty Excellence.
The VivaVine, September/October 1999
"I see this as a wake-up call" to the industry, Mark Grey told the Los Angeles Times.
Grey, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Northern Iowa, has studied the industry's shift toward immigrant labor for over a decade.
And in the rush to deregulation in the 1980s, the U.S. government largely stood by and let these changes occur, although, according to Mark Grey
, a good number of government fines for safety violations have been levied.
Industrywide, the annual employee turnover in today's meatpacking plants is greater than 50 percent and could be as much as 80 percent, Grey
told the Times.
Companies like IBP count on this high employee "churn," not to mention the sometimes illegal status of their workforce.
If an employee is illegal, he
is less likely to report his
But even if he
is legal, a six-month wait is the industry standard for health insurance to kick in, according to Grey
â€œNew Iowans; A Forum on Immigrants & Refugeesâ€� Â« Iowa International Center
•Dr. Mark Grey, University of Northern Iowa and Director of the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration,
Previous recipients include: Alpha Phi ...
Previous recipients include: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity of Des Moines; Sanford Community Center of Sioux City; Diversity Focus of Cedar Rapids, I'll Make Me A World In Iowa of Des Moines; Iowa Asian Alliance of Des Moines; and Dr. Michele Devlin and Dr. Mark Gray of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.