Not Just Any Week

Hello Everyone!

I hope your semester has been going GREAT. This last week of the semester has been a whirlwind. In between finishing projects and presenting. I have found a little bit of time to do some other activities around campus. Our intramurals teams played in the semifinals and one of them even made it to the playoffs. It was a great season for our soccer team and I and anxious to see the great things to come next year.

On Tuesday I attended a film screening at the Latino Cultural Center. The movie is called Precious Knowledge. It’s about the Arizona Educational System. In Arizona there is a law that outlaws ethnic studies in Arizona. They were specifically targeting the Tucson Unified School Districts Mexican-American Studies classes. This movie opened my eyes to some of the unconstitutional things that are happening even within the country. I am looking forward to learning more about this dilemma.

Open Discussion about Precious Knowledge and the Arizona ban on ethnic studies.

On Wednesday I attended a talk from the Latino Policy Forum. It extremely eye opening. It really reiterated the notion that we have to empower the community to do great things. One of the things that Sylvia Puente, the Executive Director of the Latino Policy Forum talked about was the large increase that the Latino population has seen. She also talked about early childhood programs and the lack of Latinos enrolled in these programs. After her vivid presentation there was an open discussion with the audience about the educational system. I enjoyed the presentation and I am really looking forward to applying the knowledge learned with my family, friends and co-workers.

During the Latino Policy Forum’s presentation.

Thanks for reading this week!

Leticia

*Photos by the Latino Cultural Center, Thank You*

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About Leticia Diaz, Chemistry

Hello UIC-Familia! I am a 5th Year Senior Majoring in Chemistry. I am graduating in May 2012, and plan to come back to UIC to receive a Master’s Degree in Energy Engineering. I grew up in “La Villita” in South Lawndale. I have two AMAZING parents, three exemplary siblings, and three precious nephews. I am a CHANCE Ambassador; I mentor and assist students that are in majors similar to mine and ultimately help them go through some of the same struggles that I have gone through. I am a proud board member of SHPE-UIC, a national organization that promotes the advancement of Latinos through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Awareness. Our UIC chapter is recognized as being the Most Valuable Large Chapter in the Nation.

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