JULY 22, 2013Contacts: Elianne Ramos • 646-932-7752 • firstname.lastname@example.org Brian Cockman • 877-210-3737, ext. 1 • email@example.com
Elianne Ramos (@ergeekgoddess) Joins “Faces of Diversity”— An International Public-Private Partnership To Benefit Children and Families in Medellín, Colombia
Baltimore, M.D. (July 22, 2013) — Speak Hispanic Communications, a woman-owned and run, socially conscious communications company, is proud to announce that its Principal, Elianne Ramos, has joined the Faces of Diversity international philanthropic initiative, to take place in Medellín, Colombia, August 2 -12, 2013. As the initiative’s Social and Cross-Cultural Communications Advisor, Ramos will work with an international communications team to help raise awareness by providing strategic marketing and communications advice, as well as traditional and social media coverage.
“Having worked with Elianne on several philanthropic ventures across the United States, I’ve seen firsthand the care, detail and commitment she provides to any project she touches,” says Brian Cockman, president of Rooster Communications and Faces of Diversity team leader. “Her cultural competence, as well as her expertise in communications and social media, will prove to be invaluable on this trip as we affect positive change within the communities of Medellín. We are very lucky to have such a renowned leader of the Latino community join us.”
The brainchild of Rooster Communications president, Brian Cockman, this public-private partnership will bring together visionary artist Edwin Gil’s Faces of Diversity program with Charlotte businesses AirTight and Toolwell; Colombian-based companies Clamasan and Agro MAIS; the foreign relations program created by the Mayor’s Office of Medellín, SosPaisa, and the Colombian family assistance program Buen Comienzo (Healthy Start).
The goal of this international goodwill initiative is two-fold: 1) To spotlight, through Faces of Diversity, the role of art as the ultimate cross-cultural connector, and 2) To highlight the important role that the Buen Comienzo program plays in some of poorest neighborhoods of Medellín. Volunteers from each company will collect thumbprints from children and families, which Gil will turn into a signature art piece to be unveiled at a special ceremony hosted by the City of Medellín on August 8.
About Faces of Diversity: Faces of Diversity helps promote diversity and multicultural awareness through the arts by encouraging thoughtful conversation. It reaffirms a sense of unity between cultures by demonstrating how social well-being is a human condition and something not specific to certain cultures. Contemporary, conceptual artist Edwin Gil creates a large piece of artwork using recycled glass and his propriety paint techniques featuring the face of one child. The face of this one child, however, is created using thumbprints from the thousands of participants at each particular event.
About Buen Comienzo: Buen Comienzo is a program from the Mayor of Medellin that serves children and their families during their first five years of life. They promote early childhood education and integral development that is diverse, inclusive and self-contained. They focus on families vulnerable to socio-economic factors through a joint interagency partnership with four departments (Social Inclusion and Family, Education, Health and Inder), as well as the n Colombian Family Welfare Institute (ICBF), the Ministry of Education and private enterprise.
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