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October 9th, 2017
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Portland Public Schools' new superintendent takes charge from oregonlive.com : Oregon

Oregon's largest school district has a permanent leader running the show for the first time since mid-July of 2016. Ending 14-plus months of interim leadership, Guadalupe Guerrero, until now a deputy superintendent of San Francisco schools, began work as head of Portland Public Schools today.

UC Berkeley students mentor high school students from immigrant families from dailycal.org : California

A new mentorship program designed by the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco is pairing high school students from immigrant families to Bay Area university student mentors, including some from UC Berkeley. The program, titled Ventanilla de Oportunidades Educativas, or VOE, also known as the Educational Opportunities Booth, was originally an on-site booth located at the Mexican Consulate that provided information on educational resources. I

USC Latina/o Student Assembly changes name to Latinx from dailytrojan.com : California

The Undergraduate Student Government Senate voted to change the Latina/o Student Assembly to Latinx Student Assembly in a unanimous vote on Tuesday night. LSA Executive Director Karen García and co-assistant directors Catherine Bedoya and Cindy Cox attended the meeting to witness the vote. The term “Latinx” has become more popular in recent discourse due to its gender neutrality. The Spanish language traditionally splits nouns into feminine and masculine categories, ending in either “a” for feminine words and “o” for masculine words.

2 Schools Reopen Their Doors In Puerto Rico from npr.org : Puerto Rico

Schools across Puerto Rico are still largely closed since the storm hit. But two have opened as school leaders try to bring some normalcy to students' lives.

Mexico earthquake affects professors at the University from dailyillini.com : Illinois

On Sept. 19, the people of Mexico suffered as a 7. 1 earthquake collapsed buildings and forced many people to abandon their homes. That devastation was not lost on the University as family members of professors lost everything. Elvira de Mejia, professor of Food Science, said her brother is currently being housed in Mexico City with his son after losing his home to the earthquake. “He (has) lost everything so far, (and) they don’t know if it’s going to be recovered or if it’s a complete loss. It has been (a) very tragic event for many people,” Mejia said.

4 million students are without classrooms due to earthquakes from mexiconewsdaily.com : Mexico

More than two weeks after the September 19 earthquake and almost a month since last month’s first major temblor, at least 4 million students across 10 states still haven’t gone back to school because they don’t have safe classrooms to which to return. Education Secretary Aurelio Nuño broke the news while attending a business forum in Guanajuato yesterday, explaining that pupils whose schools collapsed or were damaged in one of the two quakes would resume classes either in temporary classrooms or at other undamaged schools that had enough space to accommodate them.

Grito competition at Anson High School helps students embrace from bigcountryhomepage.com : Texas

Every year we see more and more Hispanic traditions around the Big Country. "It's important for our students to be aware of that and to appreciate that just like they do to any other culture," said Anson High School Principal Troy Hinds. Mexican music is characterized by a famous grito, which helps students realize they can embrace their culture through it.

When we talk about mass deportation, we’re talking about 4 million Latinx children without parents from thinkprogress.org

Approximately one in four Latinx children living in the United States has one undocumented parent, according to the latest research from The National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families published Wednesday — a stunning finding that could have major ramifications in the discussions of mass deportation policies under President Donald Trump.


An unlikely consequence of Trump's immigration policies? Declining enrollment at U.S. business schools from marketplace.org

“One of the things we noticed post the election in the U. S. last November was a change in students’ expressed intent to study in the U. S. ,” said Sangeet Chowfla, the president and CEO of the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). The GMAC is the nonprofit that administers the GMAT, a standardized test most students take to get into business school. It published a survey of 1,000 global business schools this month, which found that international student interest in American business schools had declined by nearly two-thirds since the election.

Hutto ISD names Celina Estrada Thomas as superintendent finalist from statesman.com : Texas

The Hutto school board has named Central Texas educator Celina Estrada Thomas as the lone finalist for superintendent to lead the 7,000-student district. Estrada Thomas would be the first female, as well as the first Hispanic, superintendent in Hutto. Deputy Superintendent Ed Ramos has served as interim in the district twice.

Latin fraternity takes stand on immigration from iowastatedaily.com : Iowa

Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity had a table placed on the Agora outside of Parks Library, passing out candy, stickers, t-shirts, and encouraging those passing by to sign their "I Stand With Immigrants" sign on the table. Overall members of the fraternity say they had a great turnout and around eighty signatures on their sign.

Supporters of TUSD Mexican American Studies See New Hope in Ruling from news.azpm.org : Arizona

Teachers and students of Tucson Unified School District’s former Mexican American Studies program said they felt vindicated after a U. S. district court judge declared the program was shut down because of “racial animus. ”MAS supporters said they won’t have complete justice, though, until the district implements a new ethnic studies policy, among other things.

Immigration Law Gains Interest From Nebraska Students from lawprofessors.typepad.com : Nebraska

The school's College of Law has seen a growing interest in immigration law since President Donald Trump took office in January. "It's what I would call the 'Trump bump,'" said Kevin Ruser, a clinical professor overseeing Nebraska Law's legal clinics.

First-generation Latina UVU grad encourages others to get an education from heraldextra.com : Utah

When Krystal Guerra came to Utah Valley State College, it was because she had a good scholarship. She planned on later transferring to a different school to continue her education. “There was still a stigma to UVSC then,” she said. “But I quickly fell in love with the campus, the people and the administration. There was a good feeling in the halls. Now UVU has great programs, with master’s degrees and it is well known. I am glad the alumni continue to make a good name for the school. ”

YouTube sensation promotes Latinx culture at SSU from sonomastatestar.com : California

Culy Velasquez, creator of the ‘Pero Like’ YouTube channel and longtime team member of Buzzfeed, spoke about his experiences with diversity issues during a recent visit to Sonoma State University. On Sept. 28 in the HUB, Velasquez addressed a predominantly Latina crowd about his experiences as an entertainer and the message he intends to send through his YouTube channel. According to Velasquez, the goal of “Pero Like” is to create a place where he can show the world who Latinos really are, along with their beautiful culture.

Carmen Suarez: Diversity and Inclusion Work Evolving from diverseeducation.com : Oregon

Just 15 years ago, very few people were talking about diversity and inclusion on college and university campuses the way they are today. Dr. Carmen Suarez, vice president for global diversity and inclusion at Portland State University, has been one of the administrators leading the charge to make school environments more welcoming to students of all backgrounds and identities.

Navy hosts Student Leadership, Latina Day Sessions during HESTEC 2017 from dvidshub.net : Texas

“Changing the world through STEM” is the theme of the 2017 Hispanic Engineering, Science, and Technology (HESTEC) Week held on the campus of the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), Oct. 2 - 7. Sailors and support personnel of Navy Recruiting District San Antonio, Navy City Outreach Southwest Region, and the Navy's Diversity Office participated in Student Leadership Day and Latina Day, Oct. 3 – 4.

Banned Books and the Defense of Latinx Studies from latinxspaces.com

On Tuesday, August 27, Judge A. Wallace Tashima ruled the shutting down of the Mexican-American studies program in Tucson public schools unconstitutional. In 2012, two former Arizona superintendents, Tom Horne and John Huppenthal, claimed that such a program would promote hatred towards other races in public schools—as a result, the use of reading materials from multiple Latinx writers was banned. After five years, Judge Tashima confirmed that Tucson’s actions were in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Since the ruling, it is still unknown exactly when the program will make its return to middle and high school classrooms. This is just one example of the many issues revolving around the banning of books nationwide.

New Science Standards Aim to Boost Latinos’ Interest, Test Scores from latinalista.com

California is implementing new standards for teaching science to spark Latinos and African American grade-school students’ interest and boost test scores, EdSourcereports. The new standards have more hands-on science projects, updated scientific and technological research, feature different fields of science, with less rote memorization.

Hispanic Outlook Magazine Profiles Vice President and Dean of Students Theresa Martinez from hamilton.edu : New York

Vice President and Dean of Students Theresa “Terry” Martinez was interviewed by Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine for an article chronicling her career path. The article, titled “Driven by the Power of Honest Dialogue and Difficult Conversation,” began with a counselor at St. Barnabas Catholic High School in the Bronx discouraging Martinez from pursuing a college education based on her race.

Latinx Misrepresentation in Media Demands Change - from a High School newspaper from berkeleyhighjacket.com : California

Growing up, I always found it strange that the Latina women on television were nothing like those around me. The few Latina characters I saw on television were loud, obnoxious women who were objectified and often cast in small roles. However, growing up in a Latinx household, I was surrounded by strong, influential, and inspiring Latina women, unlike those shown in the media. I quickly began to realize the disconnect between the Latinx characters shown in the media and those in the real world.

LSU Hispanic Student Cultural Society brings together students of all backgrounds, celebrates culture from lsunow.com : Louisiana

Through cultural celebration and community involvement, the Hispanic Student Cultural Society aims to educate students about people of different backgrounds. HSCS is a relatively new organization to the University. This year the group hopes to get involved with more philanthropy, specifically to help with the recent tragedies in Mexico City and Puerto Rico.

La Casa Latino Cultural Center helps IU Bloomington freshman reconnect with her heritage from news.iu.edu : Indiana

For a large part of her life, Indiana University Bloomington freshman Ruby Flores Camacho was not in touch with her Hispanic heritage. She felt as if she needed to hide her identity because of negative stereotypes that are sometimes associated with being Latina. All that has changed since she arrived on campus in July for the Intensive Freshman Seminar.

UMD launches center to research diversity and inclusion issues in higher education from dbknews.com : Maryland

The University of Maryland announced Tuesday the launch of its new center that will research and consult on diversity and inclusion issues in higher education. The Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education will serve as a "national hub" for diversity-related research, professional standards and policies, and it will offer consultations to other colleges, according to a news release.

Cornell, Ithaca College students spread word on Latinx resources from news.cornell.edu : New York

Cornell and Ithaca College students have joined forces with community members to celebrate Latinx Heritage month with an art exhibit of community-sourced photographs, memorabilia and cultural relics. The exhibit, Ithaca Balcón Criollo, opens Friday, Oct. 6, at the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA).

Mothers and daughters enjoy inspirational messages during Latina Day at UTRGV from edinburgreview.com : Texas

Hundreds of high school girls and their mothers learned about the educational and career opportunities that await them – and about the power of hard work and ambition – during the 16th annual Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The girls and their mothers attending Wednesday’s Latina Day heard from community leaders at the UTRGV Fieldhouse on the Edinburg Campus about the importance of setting goals, following their dreams, developing strong networking and communication skills and staying positive.

Passionate speech for Latino Community at UIS - from David A. Romero, a Mexican-American spoken word artist, poet, and activist from uisjournal.com : Illinois

David A. Romero, a Mexican-American spoken word artist, poet, and activist came to UIS Sept. 26 to give his performance entitled “The Latinx Giant”. Romero is a graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) and the second spoken word artist to be featured on All Def Digital, a YouTube channel by Russell Simmons. He has performed at over 60 colleges and universities in over 20 states and his performances revolve around Latino rights .

PR Colgate-Palmolive Honors Hispanic Heritage Month with Annual Haz la U™ Educational Grant Program from prnewswire.com

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Colgate-Palmolive in partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation will provide $100,000 in grants to 31 Hispanic High School Seniors across the United States for the 2018-19 School Year

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