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How we pronounce Uvalde says a lot about the power of language in mixed communities (

Because Uvalde is a town made up of mostly Latino or Hispanic residents, according to the U.S. Census Bureau data, landing on a "correct" pronunciation is tricky — the language of the people who live there exists on a sliding spectrum between Spanish and English, and often consists of a combination of the two. But how we say Uvalde matters, because it represents a long lineage of how Latinos have been racialized in the U.S. and in South Texas, specifically. But Uvalde is just one example of...

In the Latino community, pandemic-fueled poverty triggers a silent crisis in mental health (

Our Voice Nuestra Voz, a group that advocates for Spanish-speaking parents and the education of their children, meets online weekly to talk about challenges in school. But when the hour is up and the livestream ends, the conversation turns intimate. Parents open up about the stress and anxiety they’ve experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some cry, even though they feel shame for doing it. “When they share personal experiences, they are constantly apologizing, ‘I’m sorry for saying this...

What Does Community Development for Liberation Look Like? (

Earlier this month, a small group of roughly 50 people gathered in San Juan, Puerto Rico to discuss what a liberatory movement for community economic development might look like. For many, it was their first in-person conference since the COVID-19 pandemic. The convener? CEO Circle, an informal network of leaders of color of national community development organizations. Founding members of the loose network are Akilah Watkins-Butler of the Center for Community Progress , Tony Pickett of...

PHC6534: Educational Intervention on the Compounding Effects of Stigma on Mental Health and ACEs in Hispanic Communities

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have been linked to mental health illnesses such as anxiety and depression. In Hispanic culture, mental illness is largely stigmatized which greatly affects individuals from seeking the help they need. This further perpetuates mental illnesses due to ACEs. Miami-Dade County has a large Hispanic population that experiences high levels of poverty. Miami Dade has high rates of violence, domestic and gun violence which are factors that contribute to ACEs. To...

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