Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Nancy Cornwell

Second Advisor

Jan Kruse

Third Advisor

Tim Collins


Based on current US Census data, the number of Hispanics and Latinos in Battle Creek, MI is growing at an exponential rate. Where they once totaled a minute fraction of a percent of the overall population in 1990, today there are almost 3000 Hispanic/Latinos (four percent) living in Battle Creek. This increased presence has made its mark everywhere in the community: Utility bills are now printed in English and Spanish; the hospital and medical care facilities employ several bilingual staff members; the post office heavily advertises itself as a carrier of dineros for currency exchange; several area businesses steadily create employment opportunities for the large influx of Hispanic/Latino immigrants. But what is missing is a source of information, education and entertainment within the community that reaches directly into the burgeoning H/L neighborhoods and clearly addresses their needs and concerns.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only