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Latinitas Announces New El Paso Executive Director Isis Portillo

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Latinitas Hires New Executive Director for El Paso Chapter

Native Daughter Isis Portillo will oversee El Paso operations following founder’s departure

Austin/El Paso, Texas (May 1, 2017) – Latinitas, a nonprofit organization focused on empowering young Latinas using media and technology, announced today that Isis Portillo has joined the team as the new executive director in its El Paso office. Portillo will be bringing to the table 19 years of broadcasting experience as well as a background in marketing and advertising.

El Paso Executive Director Isis Portillo

El Paso Executive Director Isis Portillo

A Del Valle High School “Conquistador” and University of Texas at El Paso graduate, Portillo comes to Latinitas after spending the last three years working in IP marketing and consulting for Jack Key Auto Group/HoyFox Automotive. Prior to that, she worked for multimedia conglomerates such as Entravision Communications, Univision Communications and NBC News. As the new executive director at Latinitas El Paso, Portillo will lead new charges in program growth, relationship building and strategies focused on the success of El Paso youth.

“It means giving as many young Latinitas an opportunity to aim higher,” Portillo said about what it means to her to join the Latinitas team. “It’s opening the door for them so that they can do it better. Someone is willing to stand with you so you can get there.” Read more about Portillo on our Medium blog: http://bit.ly/2pqSYZk.

Portillo will be replacing Alicia Rascon as the head of the El Paso chapter of Latinitas. Rascon co-founded Latinitas magazine and outreach programming 15 years ago in at a class at the University of Texas at Austin.  She brought Latinitas programs to El Paso in 2008, providing services to thousands of girls in the city’s school districts, public housing and cultural centers.  Rascon left the organization in January and to join the student engagement and leadership center at the University of Texas at El Paso.

ABOUT LATINITAS

Latinitas is dedicated to empowering Latina youth using media and technology, providing direct digital media and technology training and esteem-boosting services to nearly 3,500 girls and teens across Texas annually – 2,000 in Central and 1,500 more in West Texas. Latinitas envisions a future in which all Latinas are strong and confident in their image. Girls and families in Latinitas learn the latest Web 2.0 platforms to design websites, do graphic design, produce video, record audio, blog, do photography, invent social media campaigns, develop video games and mobile apps, coding and robotics ensuring new and diverse voices in media and technology. Latinitas also produces the first and still only magazine of its kind, Latinitasmagazine.org (25,000 monthly viewers), and its own social media network, MyLatinitas.com (1,400 registered girls).

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Latinitas Accepting Applicants for Interim Executive Director of El Paso Chapter

Latinitas is currently accepting cover letters and resumes to fill the position of Interim Executive Director for the El Paso, Texas Region.

Job Purpose and Description

The purpose of this project is as follows:

The Interim E.D. will report to the Board of Director and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Project Description:

  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals
  • Actively engage and energize Latinitas’ volunteers, board members, event committees, alumni, partnering organizations, and funders
  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities

Job Scope

Latinitas El Paso will be transitioning into a Chapter organization model in 2017.  The Interim E.D. will work alongside the Board of Directors, both Austin and El Paso-based, and the Chief Executive Officer to establish Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the El Paso Chapter. The Interim E. D. will leverage networks to increase fundraising and awareness, establish and foster existing partnerships. Work with Latinitas Development Director to increase funding for the El Paso region.

Qualifications

The Interim ED will be thoroughly committed to Latinitas’ mission. All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • Advanced degree, ideally an MBA or MPA with at least 10 years of senior management experience; track record of effectively leading and regionally and/or nationally scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

Budget

The position will be on a contract basis.

Timeline  

The position has been posted since January 16, 2017. This request for resumes represents the requirements for an open and competitive process. Resumes and cover letters will be accepted until Feb 28, 2017.

Contract terms and conditions will be negotiated upon selection of the Interim E.D. for this request.  All contractual terms and conditions will be subject to review by Latinitas’ legal department and will include scope, budget, schedule, and other necessary items pertaining to the project.

Proposal Evaluation Criteria

Latinitas will evaluate all submissions based on the following criteria.  To ensure consideration for this Request for Proposal, your proposal should be complete and include all of the following:

  • Overall proposal suitability: proposed solution(s) must meet the scope and needs included herein and be presented in a clear and organized manner
  • Organizational Experience: Bidders will be evaluated on their experience as it pertains to the scope of this project
  • Previous work: Bidders will be evaluated on examples of their work pertaining to client testimonials and references
  • Technical expertise and experience: Bidders must provide descriptions and documentation of staff technical expertise and experience

Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to Laura Donnelly, Chief Executive Director, at austin@latinitasmagazine.org and Jennifer Rodriguez, jmlujan@utep.edu.

ABOUT US

Latinitas, an Austin-based nonprofit organization, is dedicated to empowering Latina youth using media and technology, providing direct digital media and technology training and esteem-boosting services to nearly 3,000 girls and teens across Texas annually, 2000 in Central and 1000 more in West Texas. Latinitas envisions a future in which all Latinas are strong and confident in their image. Girls and families in Latinitas learn the latest Web 2.0 platforms to design websites, do graphic design, produce video, record audio, blog, do photography, invent social media campaigns, develop video games and mobile apps, learn coding and robotics ensuring new and diverse voices in media and technology. Latinitas also produces the first and still only magazine of its kind, Latinitasmagazine.org (25K monthly viewers) and its own social media network: MyLatinitas.com (1400 registered girls). The publications serve as an opportunity to not only address STEM skills in web development, design and digital media production, but also to publish stories and images of Latina girls and women succeeding in media and technology fields, non-traditional jobs and other ventures, capitalizing on media’s power to influence behaviors, reveal role models and validate youth of color, their culture and identity.

Latinitas enables young Latinas to achieve personal and academic success through media and technology outreach thereby addressing the critical state of Latina girls today. While Latina girls ages 12 to 17 are the largest group of minority girls in the country, they are more likely than their non-Hispanic peers to face the four most serious threats to achieving success: depression, pregnancy, substance abuse and becoming a high school drop-out. The solution lies in empowering these young Latinas, strengthening their confidence and expanding their opportunities.

OUR OBJECTIVES:

  • Provide a creative outlet for girls to express themselves, learn about their culture and discover their voice.
  • Help girls stay in school and be prepared for higher education.
  • Foster the career exploration and S.T.E.M. exposure of girls to be prepared to enter the workforce of the 21st century.
  • Connect girls with positive role models and mentors.
  • Strengthen girls’ confidence, self-esteem and cultural identity.
  • Connect girls with media and technology tools and access.
  • Promote leadership development, goal setting, social justice advocacy & community service among girls.

Latinitas is celebrating its 15th year of programming. Latinitas has been in El Paso since 2007.

Fall Events

UPCOMING EVENTS: Latinas in Film (Austin, TX) & Business Chica (El Paso, TX)

AUSTIN LATINAS IN FILM austin-latinas-in-film-2016
September 15, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Google Fiber Space – 201 Colorado Street, Austin, TX 78701
Latinitas Austin & Con Mi MADRE Present:  The make-believe world of movies generally does not reflect what America looks like in real life. A study by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg school found that Hispanics made up only 4.9 percent of the film roles in the top 100 grossing films of 2013 even though they are 17 percent of the U.S. population. What can be done to defeat this lack of representation and combat stereotyping? The Austin Latinas in Film panel attempts to answer those questions, discuss the current state of Latinas in the film industry, and learn about some of the amazing projects our panelists are working on. Our moderators for the evening include: Iliana Sosa, Artist Services Manager at Austin Film Society and Emily Alpuche, 4th grade Latinitas ambassador. Meet the Panel: Elizabeth Avellan-Co-Owner/Vice President of Troublemaker Studios, Sharon Arteaga-Filmmaker and Producer for Republic Ventures Group, Chelsea Hernandez-Editor of Arts in Context (KLRU) and Director of Building The American Dream, Sandy Avila Ramirez – Latina in Entertainment. Register here.

BUSINESS CHICA CONFERENCE
Business ChicaSeptember 24 from 10am-4pm
Southwest University Auditorium (1414 Geronimo), El Paso TX
For Girls Ages 10-17
The Business Chica workshop is focused on encouraging local girls  to learn about careers in the business sector. Girls will connect with female business leaders as they develop business skills, receive financial literacy training and learn about entrepreneurship. Girls will be able to work in teams to develop their own entrepreneur venture ideas, create a business plan and design their own marketing campaign.  The Business Chica Conference is created especially for pre-teen and teen girls. Register here.

Program Bulletin El Paso August 2016

MEDIA & TECH SUMMER CLASSES
For Girls Ages 9-14
Monday-Friday from 9AM-12PM
August 1-5 at 801 S Florence

August 8-12 at 4625 Delta
This summer, girls can find their creative expression outlet by producing original media arts projects in the Latinitas media and tech workshops. Local girls ages 9-14 are invited to discover how they can change the world through multimedia arts & technology. Girls will engage in video making, blogging, photography, web design, graphic design, pod-casting, and other activities to get their media message out to the world. Classes are held at the Boys & Girls Club Monday through Friday from 9am to 12pm and cost $25 per week.
To register, contact us at 915.282.5639, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/latinitas-media-tech-classes-tickets-26813365498?aff=es2

SUMMER CAMP YOUTH LEADERS
Teen girls are invited to discover their leadership talents and make a difference in volunteering as peer camp leaders. Join our team focused on leadership, community service and sisterhood. Attend our training to become prepared as a peer leader. Summer Camp youth leaders will aid with activity planning, assist our summer camp activities, serve as mentors for girls, guide small team activities and lead icebreakers and teambuilders.  To sign up to volunteer, complete our online application at: http://laslatinitas.com/volunteer/volunteerapplication

LATINAS IN PROGRESS – COLLEGE PREP PROGRAM  
Our community partner the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas is currently accepting applications for high school girls interested in preparing for higher education. HWNT developed an Education and a Scholarship Program to assist Latinas in attaining a college degree. This program includes college preparation and leadership workshops as well as service and cultural opportunities. The LIP Education Series consists of five learning sessions on the college application process, college readiness, life skills, leadership, confidence, civic engagement and cultural heritage. The program is free, includes 5 workshops and provides college scholarship opportunities. Applications are due August 24. To join, email hwntelpaso@yahoo.com or complete the online application at:

ABOUT LATINITAS

Latinitas is a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowering young Latinas through media and technology. Through media enrichment programs girls build confidence through media and creative expression. Girls in our programs publish LatinitasMagazine.org, the first digital magazine by and for Latina youth. By hosting educational media outreach workshops, internships, camps, conferences, retreats and after-school programs, we connect girls with positive mentors who encourage them to build their self-esteem, confidence, cultural pride, body image, leadership skills, academic skills, efficacy and resiliency to at-risk behavior If you are interested in contributing, contact us at 219.8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com

Summer Multimedia Art Classes

SUMMER MULTIMEDIA ARTS CLASSES

July 11-28

7000 Edgemere

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WHERE: 7000 Edgemere Blvd, El Paso,Tx 79925 (inside St. Pauls Community Center)

WHO: Girls Ages 9-14

WHEN:

July 11-14 from 8:30am-12:30pm or 1:30pm- 5:30pm

July 18-21 from 8:30am-12:30pm or 1:30pm- 5:30pm

July 25-28 from 8:30am-12:30pm or 1:30pm- 5:30pm

This summer, local girls have an opportunity to get a taste of what their life could be like as a multimedia maker. Girls ages 9-14 can become a movie star, a news anchor, a photographer, a radio dj, a magazine writer, a poet, a graphic designer and more in Latinitas multimedia art classes. Through intense summer classes, girls can find their creative expression outlet by producing original media arts projects. The Latinitas multimedia arts classes are led by a team of women educators, role models and mentors experienced in guiding girls in hands on lessons, interactive presentations, team challenges, and fun games that address girl issues and encourage self-esteem, expression, confidence and empowerment. Girls will produce original multimedia arts projects and master techniques in photography, writing, design, radio production and filmmaking. As part of the program, girls will have their multimedia projects published on LatinitasMagazine.org.

Multimedia arts classes are $40 for four half days (early bird) or $50 late registration. Girls can sign up for a morning class from 8:30am-12:30pm and an afternoon class from 1:30pm-5:30pm. Discounts are available for registering for more days and for registering siblings groups. The fee cover supplies, instruction and equipment. The program runs Monday-Thursday. Participants are required to bring their own drinks and snacks. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To apply for a scholarship, contact us via email to latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com.

To register, contact us at 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

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Teen Media Academy

June 20-30

10921 Pellicano #120

Local teens are invited to discover how they can change the world through multimedia arts & technology. Girls ages 14-18 will engage in video making, blogging, photography, podcasting, and other activities to get their media message out to the world. Aside from these fun activities, participants will take field trips to local media stations and professioal women in various media industries will be presenting a career panel to empower teens. With presentations from local media makers as well as hands-on media production, teens will discover their voice and build leadership skills as they produce multimedia arts projects about issues they care about to make a difference. REGISTER NOW

The Teen Media academy takes places Monday through Thursday from 12-5pm at 10921 Pellicano #120. Each academy cost $25 per week ( early bird ) and $30 late registration. Discounts are available for registering now 2 weeks $40 for both weeks.

WEEK 1-June 20-June23

WEEK 2- June 27- June 30

A limited number of partial scholarships are available on a needed-basis and first come basis.

Contact E-mail Address: latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or call us at 915.219.8554 REGISTER NOW

SUMMER TEEN MEDIA INTERNS
LatinitasMagazine.com is recruiting teen writers ages 14-18 who would like to write articles for our magazine. Teen media interns will take photos, write articles, design graphics, make videos and create blogs. Teens are asked to commit to at least 10 hours a week for 8 weeks during the summer (80 minimum). As a member, you can develop your writing skills, write about topics YOU are passionate about and get published! To join, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or fill out our online application at: 
SUMMER CAMP YOUTH LEADERS
Teen girls are invited to discover their leadership talents and make a difference in volunteering as peer camp leaders. Join our team focused on leadership, community service and sisterhood. Attend our training to become prepared as a peer leader. Summer Camp youth leaders will aid with activity planning, assist our summer camp activities, serve as mentors for girls, guide small team activities and lead icebreakers and teambuilders.  To sign up to volunteer, complete our online application at: http://laslatinitas.com/volunteer/volunteerapplication

ABOUT LATINITAS

Latinitas is a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment and advancement of Latina youth through media, art, culture and technology. This grassroots coalition of women leaders provides media enrichment programs focused on helping Latina girls build confidence through media and creative expression. Girls in our programs publish LatinitasMagazine.org, the first digital magazine by and for Latina youth. By hosting educational media outreach workshops, internships, camps, conferences, retreats and after-school programs, we connect girls with positive mentors who encourage them to build their self-esteem, confidence, cultural pride, body image, leadership skills, academic skills, efficacy and resiliency to at-risk behavior If you are interested in contributing, contact us at 219.8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com

Program Bulletin March 2016

WOMEN’s HISTORY MONTH WORKSHOP

WHEN: March 19 from 10am to 12pm
WHERE: Jose Cisneros Library (1300 Hawkins)
Girls and moms are invited to celebrate Women’s History Month with activities promoting girl power, confidence and self-expression. The event features a celebration of women in history as well as hands-on art, short films and poetry activities. REGISTER: Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information, call 219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visithttp://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

CHICA POWER FEST

WHAT: Chica Power Fest is a girl empowerment conference featuring inspirational speakers, interactive workshops and a teen resource fair on the topics of girl power, confidence, body image and leadership.
WHO: The event is hosted by Latinitas, UTEP Center for Civic Engagement & Women in Business Association and is open to girls 9 to 18.
WHERE: UTEP
WHEN: Saturday, April 16 (9:30AM-3:30PM)
WHY: The focus of the event is to encourage girls to build confidence, discover their voice, express themselves, promote healthy lifestyles and make wise decisions. Inspiring guest speakers will help girls learn about issues girls face and discover real solutions on how to overcome these challenges. The event will feature informative and inspirational workshops, guest speakers, panelists and multimedia presentations led by local female leaders on topics such as body image, confidence, peer pressure, media literacy, leadership, healthy relationships, cultural identity and bullying.Pre-teen and teen girls will discuss the challenges facing girls today and explore positive ways to deal with stress through hands-on creative expression activities revolving around poetry, acting, photography, art and song. Girls will also enjoy dance performances, a fashion show and music entertainment. The cost is $10. A limited number of scholarships are available and group discounts may apply.

To register, contact us at 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

GO MUJERES SCHOLARSHIP

In celebration of Women’s History Month in March, we kicked off our giving campaign to raise scholarship funds to support college scholarships for young Latinas. As the nation’s largest minority and fastest growing youth population, it is vital for us to help these young women reach their full potential. Make an investment in our future and support Latinitas scholarship fund to assist Latina college students in reaching their higher education goals. Thanks to the Hispanics in Philanthropy program, matching funds are available to double donations made during Women’s History Month.
INVEST IN FUTURE LATINA LEADERS.

YOUTH EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD – APPLY NOW   
LatinitasMagazine.com is recruiting teen writers ages 14-18 who would like to write articles for our magazine. As a member, you can develop your writing skills, write about topics YOU are passionate about and get published! To join, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or fill out our online application at:

TEEN LEADER VOLUNTEERS WANTED
Teen girls are invited to discover their leadership talents and make a difference in volunteering as peer mentors. Join our team focused on leadership, community service and sisterhood. Attend our training to become prepared as a peer leader. Teen Leaders will serve as a youth advisory board, help with recruitment and promotion, aid with workshop planning, assist our workshop presenters, serve as mentors for girls, guide small team activities and lead icebreakers and teambuilders.  To sign up to volunteer, complete our online application at: http://laslatinitas.com/volunteer/volunteerapplication

LOCAL GROUP HOSTS LADIES NIGHT OUT FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Tiara Tuesday at Basico Bistro (6006 N. Mesa) Benefits Latinitas’ Girl Empowerment Programs
What: Latinitas will host its Tiara Tuesday fundraiser at the Basico Bistro on March 15. All women from El Paso are invited to join us for a ladies night out for a good cause. Admission is $12 and includes a martini and a manicure by students from Tri-State Cosmetology Institute.
Who: The event is co-hosted by the Basico Bistro, Tri-State Cosmetology Institute and the Alliance for Latinitas, a volunteer group of young professional women dedicated to promoting Latinitas’ mission of empowering local girls through volunteerism, fundraising, marketing and philanthropy.
When: Tuesday March 15, 5:00pm-8:00pm
Where: 6006 N. Mesa
Why: The Alliance for Latinitas in partnership with Basico Bistro and Tri-State Cosmetology are organizing the Tiara Tuesday FUNdraiser to benefit and sustain Latinitas’ various enrichment programs and workshops aimed at empowering young girls in the El Paso community.
About Tri-State Cosmetology Institute
Tri-State Cosmetology Institute takes pride in contributing to bright futures in the El Paso beauty industry. We have been locally owned and operated since 1931. Our commitment to our students can be seen in the careful attention and instruction we provide in the curriculum of choice; be it as a manicurist, operator (cosmetologist), facial specialist or instructor. To learn more about our programs, call 915.533.8274 or visit www.tristatecosmetology.com

Staff Spotlight: Jasmine Villa, Editor Behind the Scenes

Meet our amazing Editor who helps amplify the voices of young Latinas by serving as a role model, mentor and writing coach for our Latinitas. 

Q: How long have you been working with Latinitas and what motivated you to apply at this particular organization?

A: I’ve been working with Latinitas for 4 years. My academic interests in intercultural rhetoric, community involvement, literacy, and educational discourse led to volunteering and joining the Latinitas team in 2012. I love the organization, and I am simply in awe and always inspired by the work ethic, dedication, and passion the Latinitas staff have for the community. While I had professional and academic interests in mind, I was motivated to apply to Latinitas because of the environment. Everyone is supportive, and they really do treat you like familia.

Q: What are some of your job responsibilities?

A: I work collaboratively with the staff and interns in order to empower the awesome chicas in our writing programs. I assist with the workflow of the magazine, similar to the Editor-in-Chief/Managing Editor duties, like assigning and editing content for Latinitas Magazine, creating a publishing calendar, and I oversee and guide most of the writers for Latinitas Magazine. In addition, I promote the Youth Editorial Advisory Board (YEAB), help with recruitment and marketing for YEAB, and create content for the YEAB. Occasionally, I will assist with the creation and editing of content for the El Paso office and I assist with social media when I can. In addition, I moderate MyLatinitas.com and provide feedback to written pieces when needed. We are a small organization, but I’m always eager to help wherever and whenever they need me.

Q: Describe your educational and career background prior to working with Latinitas?

A: I worked customer service jobs and as a Properties Designer/Manager prior to working with Latinitas. My career shifted when I began graduate school in 2012.

After concurrently completing a BA in English and American Literature with a minor in Professional Writing and Rhetoric and a BA in Chicano Studies in 2011, I wanted to explore opportunities that would supplement an alt-ac career during graduate school. From 2012 – 2014, I worked with Latinitas while pursuing a MA in Rhetoric and Writing Studies and while working as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Texas at El Paso. My educational background and interest in community engagement intersect, which has led me to pursue a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition. I work as an Assistant Instructor, and I am an advocate of community engagement within my classroom.

Q: Describe a moment or challenge that you believe has prepared you for your current career as an Editor.

A: When you’re juggling being a full-time graduate student, teaching 1-2 classes by yourself, and working part-time, it can be overwhelming. The workload eventually takes its toll, which can affect your emotional and physical state. Juggling multiple roles and tasks has taught me the value of self-care and time management and organizational skills.

Q: What is your advice to young Latinas who aspire to be editors?

A: As an editor, you need compassion and empathy for the struggles writers face. Everyone has different writing styles, skills, and ideas, and, as an editor, you need to be aware of them and find ways for writers to enhance a strength they didn’t know they had.

Don’t compare yourself and self-worth to other writers. There’s always going to be someone whose writing and skills are better than yours. There’s only one you, and what YOU have to say: your ideas, writing, etc. are more valuable than you think. What YOU have to say/think IS important. Don’t be afraid to share that voice. Our community needs it.

Q: What do you like to do on your free time?

A: I have a hectic schedule due to being a full-time PhD student (2nd year), Assistant Instructor at the University of Texas at El Paso, and working with Latinitas, so I try to spend my free time doing things that are not associated with school and/or work related. I need a day where I’m not glued to my laptop, book, or scholarly articles. If you want to be technical, I travel frequently, catch up on movies and tv shows (current favorites are Jane the Virgin and Game of Thrones), and spend time with loved ones (family and friends).

College Chica El Paso

COLLEGE CHICA PREPARES GIRLS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

 

WHAT:  College Chica is a full-day conference centered around college attainment. The event will feature college prep workshops, a college student panel and keynote speakers presenting on the value of academic pursuit.

WHO: Girls ages 10-18 are invited to attend Latinitas’ College Chica conference. The event is co-hosed by Latinitas, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering young Latinas, and the UTEP Center for Civic Engagement.

WHEN: February 13 from 10am-2pm

WHERE: UTEP Miner Village

WHY: Young Latinas are suffering the highest rates of school drop out of all their female peers and College Chica is a direct effort to curb those statistics by demystifying the college experience. Girls are invited to discover the importance of college and get an insider’s view of college life. Girls will have an opportunity to tour the UTEP campus, meet college student mentors, attend workshops on the importance of education and participate in activities to start preparing for college. Sessions on video production, photography and blogging will feature investigative activities on why college is important, what it is like and how to afford it.

CONTACT: For more information, contact Latinitas 915.219.8554, or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com.