10 mujeres latinas que han hecho historia

Traducido por Cecilia Gardea

Es Mes de la Mujer y qué mejor manera de celebrar a continuación para aprender sobre algunas latinas impresionantes que han hecho un impacto en el mundo. De la política a la deportiva a la educación, no hay escasez de chicas que han hecho un nombre por sí mismos y han demostrado ser algunas mujeres de clase mundial. Aquí está una lista de 10 mujeres latinas que han hecho un impacto!

Romero Casals

Romero “Rosie” Casals es un ex tenista profesional estadounidense. Rosie es una hija de inmigrantes de El Salvador. Sus padres, descubriendo que no podían cuidar de ella o su hermana, ellos se dieron por vencidos y ella vivía con su tío, Manuel Casals, quien se convirtió en su primer y único entrenador de tenis. Rosie era conocido como torneos rebeldes y introducidos contra las mujeres dos o tres años mayor que ella. Estaba decidido a demostrar a sí misma a pesar de su menor estatura y diferente fondo en comparación con los ricos jugadores blancos comúnmente vistos. Rosie era conocido por luchar por los derechos de los tenistas y jugadores de las mujeres. Ella luchó por un arreglo para aficionados – jugadores más pobres y no pagados – y los jugadores profesionales para jugar en el mismo torneo. Y sobre todo, luchó por el derecho de las mujeres a tener la misma cantidad de dinero del premio en comparación con sus homólogos masculinos. Rosie y un grupo de mujeres boicotearon torneos y crearon un torneo exclusivamente femenino que ganó mucha atención de los medios. Sus esfuerzos ayudaron a allanar el camino para los atletas de tenis femenino.

Sylvia Méndez

Sylvia Méndez tenía 9 años cuando ella y su hermano se les negó la inscripción en su escuela primaria local porque eran mexicanos. Curiosamente, sus primos se les permitió la inscripción porque eran medio-mexicana, por lo tanto, tenía la piel más clara y un apellido francés que les permitió la admisión en la “escuela de blanco.” Los padres de Méndez estaban horrorizados y presentado una demanda contra el distrito escolar, dando a luz una de los casos más innovadoras en Derechos Civiles. La Méndez vs. Westminster prohibió la segregación en las escuelas de California y se establece como precedente para otros casos, como el de Brown v. Board of Education. Sylvia Méndez fue galardonado con la Medalla de la Libertad en 2011 por el presidente Obama y ha recibido varios premios por su trayectoria y certificados de reconocimiento por su papel en la promoción de la educación.

Rosario Dawson y María Teresa Kumar

Rosario Dawson y María Teresa Kumar son fundadores de la organización Voto Latino. Voto Latino es una organización no partidista que alienta a los latinos a votar en las elecciones. La organización apunta a Millennials latinos y espera para alentarlos a aprovechar y reclamar un futuro mejor para sí mismos y su comunidad. El objetivo de Voto Latino es producir un cambio positivo mediante la participación de los jóvenes a ser más proactivos. Esta organización ha recibido el reconocimiento por sus esfuerzos hacia los latinos.

Mari-Luci Jaramillo

Mari-Luci Jaramillo fue un pionero en la Educación Bilingüe. Hizo hincapié en el aprendizaje colaborativo, la lengua general, la educación bilingüe / bicultural, y la identidad de los niños enseñado y un amor propio para el aprendizaje. Ella enseñó la escuela primaria durante el día y asistió programa de Maestría en la noche, ya que la educación es un aspecto importante durante todo su vida. Su salón de clases, en una de las escuelas más pobres en Albuquerque, se convirtió en un sitio de demostración para las personas de todo el país. Jaramillo era conocido como un “maestro de maestros”. En 1977, el presidente Carter nombró embajador de Estados Unidos de Honduras y se convirtió en el primer embajador Latina.

Hermanas Mirabal

La Hermana Mirabal eran cuatro hermanas dominicanas – Patria, Dede, Minerva y Maria Teresa – que se opuso a la dictadura de Rafael Trujillo. Minerva fue la primera de las hermanas a participar activamente en el derrocamiento del dictador y, finalmente, el resto de las hermanas se unió a los esfuerzos. Ellos crearon un grupo llamado El Movimiento de la Decimocuarta de junio, que distribuyó folletos que detallan las acciones horrendas de Trujillo y adquirió bombas y armas de fuego para su revuelta inminente. Se llamaban La Mariposas (El Mariposas). Las hermanas y sus esposos enfrentaban múltiples encarcelamientos pero no desalientan a sus esfuerzos. Ellos siguieron oponiéndose a Trujillo hasta que se convirtió profundamente preocupado por sus acciones que le causó a ordenar un asesinato. El 25 de noviembre de 1960, los esbirros de Trujillo mataron Patria, Minerva y María-Dede dejando como última hermana Mirabal restante. El 17 de diciembre de 1999, la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas designó el 25 de noviembre el Día Internacional de la Eliminación de la Violencia contra la Mujer en honor a las hermanas.

Adelfa Botello Callejo

Adelfa Botello Callejo es una antigua capa y los derechos civiles líder Dallas. Callejo fue la primera latina en graduarse de la escuela de derecho de la Universidad Metodista del Sur y fue una de las tres mujeres de su clase que se graduó. Después de la escuela de derecho, este abogado aspirante tuvo que crear su propia práctica privada porque sólo se contrató como secretaria legal. Sus acciones incluyen la protesta contra los disparos de la policía fatal de un niño de 12 años de edad, mexicano-estadounidense en 1973, las protestas contra la deportación de los inmigrantes, la lucha por la redistribución de distritos Ayuntamiento y encuentros frecuentes con los distritos escolares de Dallas para impulsar una mejor bilingüe la educación. Callejo a veces se llama La Madrina (“La Madrina”).

Aida Alvarez

Aida Alvarez es la primera latina en una posición de nivel de gabinete de Estados Unidos. Durante la presidencia de Bill Clinton, en 1997, Álvarez fue designado como el Administrador de la Administración de Pequeños Negocios. Viniendo de raíces humildes, después de salir de Puerto Rico, Álvarez asistió a la escuela secundaria en Nueva York y participó en un programa llamado “ASPIRA.” El objetivo de este programa es ayudar a los jóvenes la desventaja y habilidades de liderazgo inculcados y les ayudó en sus esfuerzos por asistir a la universidad. A partir de un periodista del New York Post, a las noticias de televisión de anclaje para Metromedia Televisión, para aventurarse en el negocio bancario, Alvarez trabajó su camino en su carrera.

Dolores Huerta

Dolores Huerta es bien conocido por el co-fundador de la Asociación Nacional de Trabajadores Agrícolas con César Chávez. La organización es uno de los trabajadores agrícolas más grandes y exitosas sindicatos y está activo actualmente en diez estados. Este líder sindical y activista de derechos civiles ha sido encarcelado aproximadamente veintidós veces por su desobediencia civil no violenta, así como sido golpeado por la policía Sand Francisco públicamente en 1988 por una protesta pacífica y legal. Huerta ha recibido numerosos premios por su defensa de los derechos de las mujeres, derechos de los trabajadores y los derechos de los inmigrantes, como el Premio Eleanor Roosevelt de Derechos Humanos y la Medalla Presidencial de la Libertad.

Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno llegó a la pantalla grande en 1961 cuando interpretó el papel de Anita en Westside Story. Mientras que ella tuvo papeles pequeños antes de este musical, este papel es lo que le dio mucho reconocimiento. Moreno es uno de los pocos artistas y único hispano, que se adjudicó los cuatro grandes premios de entretenimiento estadounidense anuales: un Emmy, Grammy, Oscar y el premio Tony. Moreno es, también, la segunda puertorriqueña en recibir un Oscar. Esta actriz se hizo un nombre en la industria del entretenimiento y allanó el camino para posteriores actrices latinas.

Sonia María Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor fue el primer juez de la herencia hispana, así como uno de los más jóvenes. Sotomayor se graduó summa cum laude de la Universidad de Princeton y obtuvo su Juris Doctor de la Escuela de Derecho de Yale. Ella es abogar por la contratación de los profesores más latina tanto en la escuela, Princeton y Yale. Después de trabajar como asistente attoenty distrito y eneterning práctica privada, en 1991, el presidente George HW Bush la nominó a la Corte de Distrito de los Estados Unidos, Distrito Sur de Nueva York. Ella sirvió como juez en la Corte Federal de Apelaciones del Segundo Circuito de 1.998-2.009. El presidente Barack Obama la nominó como Juez Asociado de la Corte Suprema el 26 de mayo de 2009 y asumió este papel 08 de

Como sobrevivir la ruptura de una amistad

Las rupturas son difíciles. Es aún más difícil cuando usted y su mejor amigo que están cortando los lazos es. Si se trataba de una pelea o ustedes se distanciaron debido a sus intereses cambian, perdiendo amigos es una parte de la vida. Por supuesto, es una parte triste de que a nadie le gusta. Pero va a sobrevivir y descubrir mucho acerca de ti a cabo a lo largo del camino. Si usted y su BFF hay amigos más largos para siempre, hay cosas que usted puede hacer para empezar a sentirse mejor otra vez.
Darse cuenta de que es normal

Puede que no hacen daño a menos que saber, pero a la deriva lejos de los amigos es una parte normal de la vida. Usted está en un punto en su vida cuando se está averiguar quién eres. Usted está explorando sus intereses y diferentes cosas son importantes para usted ahora. Tal vez ustedes no tienen mucho en común ya, y eso está bien. Al darse cuenta de que las rupturas de amistad son normales es el primer paso para sentirse mejor. Usted no tiene que culparse a sí mismo o se preguntan qué fue mal.

Mantente alejado de la culpa

Su primer instinto podría ser la culpable de su amigo o culparse a sí mismo. No lo hagas. Nada se logrará mal humor durante una pelea o diciendo cosas malas acerca de su amigo. Si usted estaba en el mal, pedir disculpas y serio. Si ella no te perdona, entonces no mantener golpear a ti mismo sobre él. Sepa que usted intentó su mejor esfuerzo para hacer las cosas bien y ahora es el momento de dejarlo ir y esperar lo mejor. Si lo hacía algo, aceptar sus disculpas. Depende de usted decidir si la amistad es la pena continuar. No deje de culpar a ella. No va a cometer el error inverso en el tiempo y no sucede. Déjalo ir, o la dejó ir. Por supuesto todo el mundo merece un poco de tiempo para sentir dolor, pero al darse cuenta en donde los dos están viniendo le impide odiarla o odiar a ti mismo.

Encontrar ¿Qué es importante para usted

Si usted y su BFF dejas de hablar, eso no significa que usted nunca tendrá otra mejor amiga. En lugar de tratar de unirse a un club de algo que realmente le interesa. Si te gusta correr, tomar pista. Si siempre te has imaginado en Broadway o en las películas, una prueba para la obra de la escuela. Incluso si no es la cosa más fresca, siempre que lo disfruten usted disfrutará de salir con la gente que conoces. Es posible que tenga mucho en común, y usted estará en su camino a ser grandes amigos. Si usted y su amigo se distanciaron debido a que se convirtió interesado en cosas diferentes, a continuación, sacar el máximo provecho de la mala situación. Usted no tiene que tener todo en común con tu mejor amiga, pero la exploración de cosas que te gustan es una buena manera de conocer gente que te gusta.

Perder un amigo es siempre difícil, pero culpar a ti mismo y jugar una y otra vez en su cabeza no te hará sentir mejor. Date tiempo para sentirse triste y perdonarse a sí mismo y su amigo. Una vez que comience a seguir adelante y centrarse en usted, usted será capaz de mirar hacia atrás en la amistad un poco más claramente.

Super heroinas en la television

Las súper heroinas están llegando a una pantalla cerca de usted. Los superhéroes son muy grandes en este momento. Desde el Capitán América y Spiderman en la gran pantalla y The Flash conseguiendo sus propios programas de televisión, estos hombres luchan contra el crimen están en todas partes. Sin embargo hay  algo que falta. ¿Dónde están todas las mujeres? Salvar al mundo no es sólo para los chicos.

Por suerte, Hollywood está desacelerando conseguir la nota. Ha habido un reciente aumento de películas y espectáculos de mujeres superhéroes que llegan a la pantalla grande y pequeña. Aquí está el resumen de las nuevas películas de estas súper mujeres y donde se puede encontrar en los libros de historietas. Debido a que las historietas son siempre mejores que las películas de todos modos, ¿no?

Capitán Marvel

Sin relación con el Capitán América, el Capitán Marvel es el alias de Carol Danvers-empleado de la NASA giró sobrehumana. Al crecer, Carol soñaba con asistir a la universidad para convertirse en un astronauta. Su padre se negó a pagar por su educación, porque ella era una mujer a pesar de que era el más inteligente de sus hermanos. Decidió probar que estaba equivocado. Carol se unió a la Fuerza Aérea y rápidamente se trasladó a las filas hasta que se le acercó por la NASA para convertirse en su jefe de seguridad.

Vivió su sueño hasta que un encuentro con una raza alienígena le dio fuerza sobrehumana, la capacidad de volar y disparar rayos de luz de las manos. Ella es un favorito de los fans e incluso va a dirigir Los Vengadores durante algún tiempo. Su película no se ajusta a salir hasta el año 2018, por lo que, mientras tanto, puede encontrarla en sus libros de historietas. Comience con el número # 1 de la serie Capitán Marvel 2012.

Mujer Maravilla

La Mujer Maravilla es un símbolo de toda la vida para la fuerza femenina y el empoderamiento en el universo de la cultura pop. Ella es la hija de una reina amazona y el dios griego Zeus. Su historia comienza cuando ella viaja a Estados Unidos con un hombre que se estrella en la isla. Ella decide quedarse para proteger todo el amor y la humanidad.

La Mujer Maravilla es la definición de la confianza y la fuerza. Usted puede ver sus hazañas en la próxima película de la Mujer Maravilla, así como la película Liga de la Justicia. Actriz Gal Gadot se vestirá de sus famosos guantes de oro y lazo de la verdad. Lea acerca de emocionantes aventuras de Wonder Woman en la versión Nueva 52 de la serie de Wonder Woman.

Sue Storm

Sue Storm es una cuarta parte de los Cuatro Fantásticos. Ella es la única mujer en el equipo, pero hace un buen trabajo de mostrar lo poderoso que es. Ella no nació La mujer invisible. Sue tuvo que criar a su hermano a una edad temprana. Un día se hace amiga de un científico que ambos tienen en el espacio exterior. Allí se dosifican con los rayos cósmicos y los poderes de ganancia. Así fue como se formó el Cuatro Fantásticos.

Sue es definitivamente un jugador de equipo. Ella usa su poder de invisibilidad para salvar al mundo. Pero ella incluso ha tenido que salvar a su propio equipo. En una línea de la historia, Reed Richards, el científico, se vuelve mala y ella tiene que llevar a los Cuatro Fantásticos para salvarlo de sí mismo. Ella siempre cuida de los que ella se preocupa. La serie de Ultimate Fantastic Four es un gran lugar para aprender más sobre ella.

Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones no está llegando a la gran pantalla, sino a la pantalla del ordenador. Ajuste a ser una nueva serie de Netflix, Jessica Jones es un tipo diferente de superhéroe. Jessica consiguió sus poderes después de que su familia estaba en un accidente de tráfico con un camión que transportaba materiales radiactivos. Después de luchar para aceptar su fuerza sobrehumana cuando era un adolescente, ella tomó la comodidad y ganó confianza de saber que podía su poder para hacer el bien en el mundo.

AKA Jessica Jones recogerá después de que ella ha colgado su capa de superhéroe y abrió una agencia de detectives en su lugar. Ella ayuda a los superhéroes y los seres humanos normales a resolver crímenes. Usted puede comprobar fuera de la actuación de Kristen Ritter de Jessica Jones finales de esta primavera. Hasta entonces, puedes seguir algunos de sus casos en la serie de cómics Jessica Jones.

Supergirl

Sí, ella tiene que ver con Superman. Kara Zor-El es primo de Superman que se estrella en la Tierra después de su planeta de origen se destruye. Ella esconde sus poderes durante algún tiempo, pero decide abrazarlos como un adulto joven para proteger al mundo.

Kara se enfrentará algunas bastante grandes villanos del universo del cómic. Mientras que usted está esperando de Glee Melissa Benoist para llevar el personaje a la vida en la CBS, echa un vistazo a ella en Showcase Presents Supergirl: Volumen 1.

Ya es hora de estos súper mujeres consiguen un tiempo de pantalla. Los cómics no son sólo para los niños, y tampoco lo está salvando el mundo. Esperemos Supergirl, Wonder Woman, y el Capitán Marvel son sólo el primero de muchos superhéroes femeninos podemos emocionarse. Hasta entonces, tenemos unas cuantas mujeres más poderosas allanando el camino para la igualdad en Hollywood.

Latinitas Honors Renowned Photographer Diego Huerta

AUSTIN, TX – May 28, 2015 – Celebrating it’s 8th annual Fotos de mi Alma photography auction,

Latinitas will mark the occasion by featuring a number of pieces representative of the cultural

work of Austin‐based photographer Diego Huerta.

The event will highlight Mr. Huerta’s remarkable work, and will be complemented by a

collection of photos from photographers around the world. The sale of these pieces will serve as

the major fundraising effort of the year for Latinitas, a non‐profit organization dedicated to

empowering young Latina girls through media and technology education.

The auction will take place Thursday June 11th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the IBC Bank

Community Suite located at the bank’s Austin headquarters at the corner of Fifth and San

Antonio streets.

Joining the event as keynote speaker will be film director Carmen Marron, whose exceptional

journey into the competitive world of film‐making, has made her into a true Hispanic role

model. Her films include “Go for It”, a coming of age movie about goals and choices, starring

Gina Rodriguez of “Jane the Virgin” fame.

“We couldn’t be more proud to have Diego’s work as the foundation for this year’s auction.”

Said Latinitas board president, Ana Ruelas. “His artistic accomplishments deserve to be

recognized for the cultural contribution he is making to elevating perceptions, not only of

Mexico, but of all of Latin America. That we have him working out of Austin is a huge privilege

and source of pride for our community.”

Mr. Huerta has dazzled audiences with “31K Portraits of Peace”, a photo documentary of the

majesty of Mexico’s people and places. His work has been an effort to counter the negative

perceptions of Mexico as a dangerous and unlikeable place.

“The outstanding collection of photographs in this year’s auction should be a real treat for all

those who appreciate the power of photography as a story telling platform,” said Latinitas cofounder

and executive director, Laura Donnelly. “I expect this year’s event to be the most

successful in our organization’s history.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased online at:

www.fotosdemialma.com

About Latinitas

Founded by Laura Donnelly and Alicia Rascon, Latinitas is a non‐profit organization dedicated to

helping enable young Latinas to achieve personal and academic success through media and

technology education. With a variety of enriching experiences, Latinitas discover their voice and

develop media skills while building a solid foundation for their future.

Contact: Laura Donnelly, Executive Director. 512‐900‐0304 laura@latinitasmagazine.org

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Ana Tijoux: Inspiring Through the Power of her Lyrics

On October 3rd, 2014, Ana Tijoux performed at the Sculpture Stage at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, presenting several new songs from her latest album, “Vengo.” The respected, Chilean MC took the stage with a full band and DJ who brought to life the hip-hop, jazz, and funk elements of her new album.

In the middle of her singing/rapping, Tijoux expressed how happy she was to be the only Latin American female performing that day, but felt that “there should be more” because Latin America is a “beautiful invasion of culture.” She was among only a handful of Latin American acts performing at the festival this year. The diverse crowd who arrived at the stage an hour before Tijoux’s performance time cheered in agreement with her statement.

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Tijoux continued to energize the crowd with some of her famous hits about government, power, and community like “1977,” “Shock,” “Vengo” and “Creo en Ti.” She skillfully sang and rapped in Spanish and knew that some people did not understand what she was saying, “but it’s about music no? It’s about the flow; we all feel it.” The audience laughed and showed signs that they were falling more in love with Tijoux, as they cheered loudly and danced along to her music.

My first ACL festival experience exceeded my expectations. I’m glad I was given the opportunity to see performances as great as Ana Tijoux’s and several others. Mostly, I’m glad I was able to witness how music can bring a large group of people together. As Mark Foster from the band, Foster the People, put it, “I love that these things bring so many different people, from different communities, nationalities, religions, and cultures together. I guarantee that this is the only time in history that all these people around you will be here in the same place at the same time.” Very well said, Mark.

Code Chica Conference Recap 2014

 

classroom10 - CopyWhy Code Chica? 

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, by the time girls in middle school now go to college, there will be one million more computer science jobs than computer scientists to fill them. When we look at the number of females pursuing that career path, things look bleak, women of color pursuing technology – nearly nil . Less than one percent of high school girls express interest in majoring in computer science in college and the American Association of University Women reports only 19 percent of computer and information-science majors are currently women, less than one percent of engineers right now are Hispanic women.

Latinitas Empowering Using Media and Techology!  Check out the video!

To combat the current under-representation of women in the tech industry, Latinitas, in a partnership with Google’s Made with Code campaign, developed the Code Chica Conference with the aim of getting girls excited about coding and sparking an interest in tech jobs. The first Code Chica conference was held on October 25, 2014 at Austin Community College’s Eastview Campus. Sixty girls and teens at the conference were introduced to coding with the help of professionals and graduates from local coding academy MakerSquare who facilitated the coding seminars throughout the course of the day.

Kick off! The event kicked off with a key note address from Latina engineer Karen Siles who spoke about being one of the few female employees with her job title at IBM in Austin, TX. She shared, “There is jobs waiting to be filled by a qualified woman candidate. The issue is not that there is not jobs for women in technology, the issue is that women are not choosing to take the path of attaining degrees in computer science.” Tung Huynh, an admissions recruiter at ACC Eastview, also spoke about working in tech with just one female colleague.  His company eventually hired more women who became some of the best product managers, coders, developers, engineers, account managers, and sales directors. He explained, “That’s the whole funny thing about this- girls are shy about competing and then they come in and they do better than the guys do.”  Similar to Siles experience, there were more jobs than women applying. He said, “I think today is going to go a long way towards changing that.”

Coding Begins!

Girls were introduced to the concept of coding as a means to create actions with a visual demonstration of a robot. One of the Makersquare seminar facilitators pretended to be a robot and the girls had to direct the robot to the door.   Then, they visited a Disney website and were guided through the process of using code to change a website, font colors and sizes, and delete pictures. They also used an online web based coding platform and CSS to embed video games. Girls expressed excitement as they passed from one level to the next.

Women in Tech at Lunch

At lunch girls were visited by many local powerful women in technology today. These women shared their personal, academic and professional journeys in technology. The roundtable set up made the connections more personal and powerful. Women came from Rackspace, Google, Dell, BB&T Bank, local PBS station KLRU-TV, Accruent and start ups like Stretchrecipes.com and SheHacksATX.  . Miczeh Reeze (A code chica) expressed how she will remember how the speakers gave inspiring quotes to follow their dreams.”  Jackie Lopez also noted,” The one thing that I will remember from this event are the people that visited the tables.”

Miranda Dawn from TV’s “The Voice”

It wouldn’t be a Code Chica event without having just as much “chica” as coding and so Latinitas welcomed former volunteer and current alumni from last seasons’ “The Voice,” Miranda Dawn (Miranda Oropeza), a singer/songwriter and member of her own band Dawn and Hawkes. She performed but also invited girls on-stage.

Code Afternoon:

When the “Code Chicas” returned to their assigned computer labs, they continued coding and practiced manipulating code by changing the Latinitas website. Over 60% of the attendees surveyed said they had never been to an event like this. Many of them expressed how they wished they had Latinitas at their schools. Several of the girls were also active members of Latinitas clubs and camps and expressed excitement about Code Chica. When asked if they would tell their friends about Latinitas programs and events, surveys showed a resounding “yes!” Seventh grader Elizabeth Hernandez said, “I would absolutely tell my friends about Latinitas because it’s a place where girls can dream big and have fun.”  She also said,”I liked the fact that girls were able to connect with technology.”

Code Chica presented coding on girls’ terms through fun exercises that incorporated some of their favorite brands and videos.  Coding was demystified for many girls and thanks to dedicated instructors, lunchtime career presenters and Latinitas model of empowerment, more chicas in Austin are putting themselves into the shoes of developers, designers and definitely: coders.

In Defense of MAS

DSCN1653Universities are slowly beginning to offer more opportunities in cultural studies for its students. As a Latina, knowing that the university I currently attend – the University of Texas at Austin – offers students the ability to get a degree in Asian, Asian American, Islamic, Jewish, and Middle Eastern Studies (just to name a few), really made me want to learn about the Mexican American Studies degree. Sooner than later, I decided to double major in it. For me, my heritage played a lot into this decision, but it really does not matter if you identify as Mexican American or not. It also does not matter if you know a lot of this culture because there are so many more things the Mexican American Studies degree can do for you.

Is a Mexican American Studies degree worth it?

It is important to understand the criticism that the idea of Mexican American Studies has been facing for the past couple of years. With schools in Arizona, Texas, and California struggling to offer Mexican American Studies in their schools, it is only harder for colleges and universities to do the same– especially when the degree can definitely be put into good use.

With a Mexican American Studies degree, for example, you can become a Study Abroad Coordinator for a university or Marketing and Advertising Manager for a big international corporation.

The degree also allows you to tailor another interest you might be pursuing as well. For example, if you are a government major and decide to get another degree at the same time in Mexican American Studies, then you can possibly become an Affirmative Action Specialist. If you’re a communications major and get a dual degree, you can possibly become a writer for a Latin@ based organization, or a foreign policy news analyst.

For Estela Maldonado, coming back to school to get a Mexican American studies degree meant being able to help more people. After having a son, she said coming back to school to major in Mexican American Studies meant she would be able to tell her son “more about where he comes from.” A frequent volunteer in events that raise awareness over immigration and labor form, she said, “with my degree, I can be a more informed member of the community I choose to take part in.”

Where can I study this?

Texas is not the only state that offers a Mexican American studies degree. There are different programs such as the Latino Studies Program at Cornell University, the Center for Latino Policy Research at UC Berkeley, and the Hispanic Research Center where this or a similar degree can be studied.  Within these programs there are classes that are offered in areas such as Spanish literature, anthropology, and political science. Some course titles offered at the University of Texas at Austin, for example, include classes like “Introduction to Cultural Studies; “Mexico: From Aztlan to Zapata”; and “Chicanos and Film: Representation of la Raza.” At the University of Houston, you might take “MAS 3341: Mexican American Experience through Film” or “MAS 3342: Mexican Immigration to the United States.” If you go out of state, you can take classes like “MAS 485: Mexicana/Chicana Women’s History” or “MAS 369: Mexico Since Independence” at the University of Arizona.

Taking classes in these degree programs ask for an array of skills. It is not like your typical degree program where you might only be conducting experiments or attending meetings. Depending on the institution and track you choose (i.e. cultural studies, policy studies), the things you will be doing coincide.

For example, if you want to focus on studying the cultural side of Mexican American studies, you might be studying Mexican American literature, movies, and history.  Because the Mexican American Studies degree is more of a specialization in cultural studies (since you can also study Asian American History, African American History, etc.), schools usually have an option for you to focus more on the political or social history side of Mexican American Studies. Other universities, such as Our Lady of the Lake University, offer more general courses in Mexican American Studies focusing on more of an overview in the area.

Recently, South Texas College in McAllen, Texas became the first college to offer a Mexican American Studies degree that can be earned completely online. There are currently 28 colleges and universities across the United States that offer a Mexican American Studies as a degree. But in other schools such as the University of Arizona, new Ph.D. and doctoral programs are now being offered.

So whatever the case may be, there are many possibilities for you to make the Mexican American studies fit to your needs. Do not be afraid to do some research and reach out to admissions offices about their Mexican American studies degree. You will not regret your decision!

Film: Life on the Line

Photo Credit: http://finelinefilms.org

Photo Credit: http://finelinefilms.org

In the documentary, “Life on the Line: Coming of age between nations” by Jen Gilomen and Sally Rubin, the life of a young eleven year old girl, Kimberly Torrez, is portrayed in the story to show her family’s hardships in life facing difficulties in two different worlds. This documentary will be aired during Hispanic Heritage Month, in September on PBS.

Growing up is hard as it is, with all of the different changes happening, especially when you have to grow up in two different countries. In the life of Kimberly Torrez, the oldest of three children, she is faced with drastic changes in her life living in Mexico and going to school in Arizona. Each morning she wakes up early to walk across the border to go to school because she does not drive.

At such an early age of only 11 years old, she is faced with many responsibilities, has to wake up extra early, takes care of her little siblings from time to time to help out the parents, and, most importantly, is being brave through this passage of growing up.

As if it isn’t enough, she also has to deal with the ongoing violence occurring in Nogales; from hearing gunshots to police sirens nearby, at an early age in her life, she has many worries at such a young age.

In addition, she also has to cope with her parents going through a rough patch. Her father has Hepatitis C from getting several tattoos, which he later realizes were done with unsterilized needles. In need of a liver transplant, it became difficult for the father to find a reliable job in Nogales.

Because of the father’s sickness, the mother became the only one that could work to provide for their family.  She worked in Mexico because she was never a U.S citizen; she had crossed a long time ago illegally to have her children, but returning was not possible.

Times began to get more difficult, and the father then decides to cross the border and find a job in the U.S, which he did. He found a job in construction in Arizona, which was hours away from his family. He took the job and was separated from his family for months, in order to earn more money to be able to support his family through these difficult times.

After a while Kimberly’s mom got her Visa in the mail, which allowed her to finally cross the border to the U.S.. To add to the good news, Kimberly’s family finds out that a liver became available for their father’s transplant

Growing up is hard, and living in two worlds is difficult, but with Kimberly’s family supporting one another and always trying their best without giving up, they did it, together. For a tale of perseverance and the obstacles that come from immigrant families, this film is a must-see this September.

Club Leader Testimonials

I lead the club at the Robinson Apartments and I have really enjoyed coming to see the girls at this club. What was different about this club was the fact that we did not have a facility to work in so we were outside most of the time working out of my van. I thought it was not going to work at first but then I realized that the girls really liked the idea of being outside they said they felt like they were at a camping trip. We worked on activities for dia de los muertos, Thanksgiving, and we worked on nature photography. I really enjoyed the dia de los muertos lesson, the girls worked on alters and we all learned how to make papel picado and flowers. I was very excited to give the girls candy bags and cupcakes to celebrate Halloween I loved the excited looks on their faces when they knew they were going to be having some goodies. The girls learn how important it is to have a healthy self esteem. I believe that coming to this club will help them with their confidence and want to set up high goal for themselves. We encourage them to set high goals and know that it is possible to do whatever you set your mind to. I hope that they can all be strong and fearless leaders in the future. I learn so much from these girls, they are such a joy to be around and are incredibly witty and fun. Having this club has contributed a lot to my active listening skills which is very essential to becoming a social worker.

I loved meeting and getting to know the girls at the Sandoval club. They were always open to learning and experiencing new things. I loved their energy and enthusiasm they brought to each new class meeting. We had fun making Dia de los Muertos papel picado and flowers for our alters. The girls especially enjoyed the field trips like the Be Younique workshop and the Aim High Conference. They really enjoyed the activities set up at these events and the goodies they were able to have. They asked if we could do more field trips next time. Having these after school clubs give girls a comfortable environment to speak their minds and speak up. They learn what self esteem and confidence is and we help them with building a strong and healthy self esteem and confidence. With having a strong sense of self they can be able to set high goals and overcome and tackle challenges in their lives. Leading this club has also contributed to my self confidence I am able to build relationships with these girls and feel blessed that they trust me to want to ask for my advice. When you are talking to girls about the importance of education, healthy eating, body image and self esteem you have to be able to encourage discussion and interest in the subject. I feel like I am getting much better at speaking to groups of people which has helped me with presentations at school.~Bianca Castrejon

I was leading the girls club at Truman community where I met these fantastic girls. They were very special in their own way and I totally admired how they are. We was doing some activities like talk about Dia de Muertos where I found some interesting stories of their lives that made me feel more attached to them. Also, we did our first video about good manners and bad manners and they totally enjoyed. I discovered that they are so creative and they really surprised me because they really had good ideas. The videos have lately been the most exciting and fun part.  If the girls learned something was pursuing their goals, and keeps studying, I am very proud of them. The last day, I did not say all that I should to say, because they know that I adored them but I do not have words to say all that I learned from them. They made me grow as a person, be patience and I found that teach is one of the most wonderful activities. What totally broke my hard is when they told me “Do not leave me Miss Lily”, “Some one day I want to be like
you.” ~ Lily Hernandez

During my internship at Latinitas I had the opportunity to lead the club at Roosevelt with another intern, Mara. The thing I really enjoyed about this club is the way the girls are so enthusiastic every week at the beginning of the club, and how they participated in every activity. I also liked how they all became close to each other throughout the six weeks of the club. The girls seemed to really like all the activities we did together including the Dia De Los Muertos alters; it let them show their creativity while commemorating their lost loved ones. The girls also really enjoyed taking the pictures and doing all the videos, they had so much fun with the videos. My favorite activity was also the videos, it was so great to see the girls cooperate with each other to set up the video; they all had wonderful ideas. Editing the videos that they made was a nice way to see all the girls’ hard work. My favorite memory will be the last day of the club was when the girls were all sitting around the table eating Oreo’s and watching a movie. It was our last moment together as a club where everyone was so happy. I really hope the girls learned to be confident in themselves and learn that going to college is a huge benefit. I hope the girls were impacted by the workshop and conferences that we took them too. Especially the college conference, I really hope that this conference impacted them and helped them decide to go to college. As a club leader I learned how to be a much better role model to them young girls that need much guidance. Latinitas is an amazing organization that I am so honored to be a part of, and I hope I have impacted these girls’ lives for the better. ~Alexis Bobadilla