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Educational and
Cultural Advancement
for Latinos, Inc.

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About Us

Our Mission

To offer all members of the Latino community educational, cultural and leadership tools needed for full integration in the local community. To manifest the unique characteristics and contributions of Latino culture to the community-at-large through a process of cultural exchange.

Our Goal

Offer educational opportunities to the Latino community, especially English classes, as a means of integrating the emergent Hispanic population into local culture, thus empowering individuals to participate fully and productively in our community. In addition, as with all past waves of immigrants, the Hispanic community brings with it rich traditions and values that enrich and enhance Evansville’s existing culture and EDUCA strives to serve as an avenue for cultural interchange.

Our Vision

Help the Latino community live, grow, and participate, without language barriers or intercultural misunderstandings, in the local community, drawing a clear path of growth and development through educational and cultural exchange.

EDUCA is a not for profit corporation in accordance with Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. EDUCA is dedicated to empowering individuals through education. It operates in southwestern Indiana and northwestern Kentucky and primarily serves the emerging Latino population.

Board of Directors

Arcea Zapata de Aston, PhD
Arcea Zapata de Aston, PhD
Founder & President
Dr. Mujtaba F. Tapal, MD
Dr. Mujtaba F. Tapal, MD
Vice-President
Patty Etter
Patty Etter
Treasurer
Claudia Tascón-Peña
Claudia Tascón-Peña
Secretary
Alexander Aston Zapata
Alexander Aston Zapata
Webmaster
Cynthia Knudson
Cynthia Knudson
Volunteer Editor
Kaitlin Nonweiler
Kaitlin Nonweiler
Member
Jahanara Qayum
Jahanara Qayum
Member
Maria Parada
Maria Parada
Member
Chris Berneking
Chris Berneking
Member

Our History

In 2007, Arcea Zapata de Aston (a professor of languages at several local colleges) and her undergraduate Spanish students began teaching English as a second language to the Latino population in the area. This effort evolved into EDUCA, a grassroots outreach organization that helps the growing Latino community in Evansville, IN, and Owensboro, KY, by offering English as a second language, Spanish for heritage speakers and the community at large, mentoring, and cultural and integration programs.

Throughout its existence, EDUCA has worked with the Mexican Consulate to coordinate the INEA programs through Plaza Comunitaria. EDUCA has also collaborated with local organizations, such as Community Action Program of Evansville (CAPE), Head Start, WorkOne, University of Southern Indiana, The Kentucky Women Foundation, Owensboro Museum of Sciences and History, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, and the YMCA.

EDUCA has held many programs, such as:

  • Mentoring and Tutoring Program for Latino Students
  • Soccer Program
  • Tax Consulting Services
  • Guitar and Painting Workshops
  • Leadership Programs
  • Spanish for Heritage Speakers
  • Showcases – Hispanic Heritage Month, Día de los muertos, and 5 de mayo
  • EDUCA Latino Art Connection – EDULARTES
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • K-12 Tutoring, homework assistance, and craft making
  • Child Care
  • Computer Literacy
  • Cultural Awareness and Developmental Activities
  • Chess Club
  • Citizenship exam preparation
  • GED or High School Diploma (Spanish and English)
  • Literacy – Education for Adults in Spanish
  • Community Health Clinics and Services
  • Reading Club
  • College internships, practicum, and service learning programs with EDUCA