“I’ve lived in DC for 25 years. I miss the Spanish festivals. I miss the food. So many people used to come here, close to 20,000 people. They would be all over Columbia Road, 14th Street all the way to Kalorama Park. It was the end of the summer festival, DC hispanic festival. The event kept getting bigger and bigger, so they moved it to downtown. Then, people didn’t go down there, so it eventually despaired.”
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We walk around pretending that trauma is culture.
Where are all the Latin@s in STEM?
As I mindlessly Googled “Latin@s in STEM” and Famous “Latin@ Scientists
I came to an deeply disheartening discovery.
Within the countless websites that I came across,
A vast majority had a list which was comprised of ~8-12 names.
This struck chords of sadness within me like nothing before and flushed me with countless emotions.
I knew the state of representation of the latin@ community within these fields but I was completely heartbroken to gaze at multiple minuscule lists of the contributions my people have made in “Modern Science”.
Within this sadness however lies a state of duality, fear and passion.
Fear that my people do not realize their potential. Panic that the youth of my culture will buy into stereotypes which are only a manifestation of thought and not fact.
Uneasiness from the notion that the people of my culture could value representation in fields with less rigor and academics.
Horror that this lack of representation in academia might strengthen those self existing stereotypes and cast up potential scientists in shadows. Finally an unfathomable angst stemming from the thought that an aspiring young academic will feel alone with no one of similar roots to look up to, admire, and aspire to become.
Yet a burning passion ensues from these anxieties in the form of a deep sense of ownership intertwined with a tenacious drive.
This force that propels me, ensures me we as a community need to acknowledge that it is up to us to become the next leaders in science that our youth will look up to.
Knowing that our youth will have masters of physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and any other form of academic discovery that they can look up to, greatly fosters the fire of knowledge and curiosity that burns within them.
It is with great honor that I cary forth the torch of wisdom on my ascent towards the frontiers of undiscovered territories in science, to someday inspire and allow a young mind to stand on my shoulders, take hold of this flame and continue this progression towards motivating Latin@s to become beacons in uncharted grounds.
-Mario Quintero Salazar
In American politics, very very few have hurt the future of the Hispanic community more than Senator Ted Cruz. He applauds the deportation of children and families, opposes any path to citizenship beyond spineless ‘back of the line’ fantasies, and will stop at nothing to upend Marco Rubio’s Hispanic Republican brand as too moderate and too brown.
Castro is easily one of the fastest-rising Latinos in American politics right now. The Democratic Party is extremely high hopes for Obama’s new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) offers year-long service-oriented fellowships with Latin American and Caribbean NGOs working for social development
Hispanic Scholarship Fund is the number one resource for Hispanic and Latino scholarship programs. We strive to make college education a top priority for every Latino family across the nation by providing students all the tools they need to apply to college, do well in their course work, graduate, enter a profession, excel, help lead our nation going forward, and mentor the generations to come.
LATINOS! Are you a high school senior and a citizen of the U.S? The Gates Millennium Scholarship is now open and accepting applications! Apply for this great opportunity to pay for your education! Si se puede!
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