The Case for Latine

As Hispanic Heritage Month begins, I reflect on the terminology and language we all use to identify ourselves. Every day we hear people referring to themselves as Hispanic, Latino/a, Latinx, Mexican American, etc. Often, language is used to exclude or include certain populations, make assumptions, and place judgment. This makes is more important than ever…

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Get Out the Vote: Empower Yourself, Use Your Voice

Having the right to vote is not something that was just given to us. Through years and years of struggle, our ancestors fought and struggled so that we could have a voice today. At the start of this country, voting was limited to white male property owners, which in turn limited much of the population…

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Building Back: Celebrating Black Business Month

This month we celebrate National Black Business Month, which is a time organizations, businesses, individuals, and communities recognize Black businesses across the country. However, as we celebrate this very vital and important month, we must also reflect on our country’s history of violence, hate, and deep seeded racism. Our country was not always in a…

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The Reel Me: Representation Matters

Recently I was reflecting on all the media I was exposed to as a child and quickly realized that there were no real characters that showed me myself. I had a mainly nondiverse group of characters to watch and was never able to look at the tv and say, “she looks like me.” Realizing this…

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A Stolen History: Celebrating the International Day of the Indigenous Peoples

Yesterday we celebrated the International Day of the Indigenous Peoples and with that, we celebrate the many contributions, successes, and fierce history of the Indigenous nations. One such recent example is a new film. On Friday, August 5, 2022, the new Predator franchise movie Prey was released on Hulu and quickly became the most watched…

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Three Years Later: How are we still here?

Today marks 3 years since the terrible mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. Having grown up in El Paso this truly devastated me. I can remember waking up that morning as if it was any other day, but upon commencing my morning routine of checking the news I saw something that would shake my world.…

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The Evolution of Feminist Frequency: Women in Video Games and Culture

Video gaming has often been seen as a world dominated by a male audience, viewership, and consumerism. However, more recently there has been a surge of women who are consuming this form of media at a rapid rate. In the late 2000’s, Anita Sarkeesian came onto the scene and changed the way we look at video…

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The Green Wave: Safe and Legal Abortions

Latin America has a long standing tradition of its people fighting against militant governments for their rights as a community. From Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo (Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo) during La Guerra Sucia (the Dirty War) to the fight for abortion rights in Argentina, the color green has been symbolic…

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YWCA Greater Austin receives $1 million donation from MacKenzie Scott

The YWCA of Greater Austin has received a $1 million dollar donation from MacKenzie Scott. The donation is part of Scott’s $4.2 billion-dollar philanthropic effort to support organizations serving underserved communities during the pandemic.  MacKenzie Scott is a novelist and philanthropist committed to supporting organizations working for social issues such as racial equity, LGBTQ rights,…

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End of Year Giving: Your support goes a long way!

In this time of giving its always important to be there for one another. Help us serve others through our various programs by donating to our end of Year Giving Campaign. Donate by clicking here. Remember, Instead of — you can $10 – Fancy cup of coffee — provides toys and art materials for children’s therapy…

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