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I recently read an article about the term “whitewashed” and the weaponization of the word against Latinxs who are seen as having forgotten their roots by their Latinx friends or family members. The article explained the author’s personal interactions with being called whitewashed, and the problematic nature of assuming someone was less connected to their real culture, implying they are “fake” Latinx. As someone of half Mexican descent, I could identify with the author’s experiences...

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Trinity University Latino Association (TULA) is organizing the first De Colores Ceremony for May 2018 graduation. Similar to the Kente Ceremony for African students, De Colores is a ceremony to celebrate the achievements of the Latinx Trinity community. It is scheduled to take place the day before Trinity’s Spring Commencement, on May 10 at 4 p.m. in the Chapman Great Hall. It will help non-English speaking family members to understand Commencement and will allow as...

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Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. I’m excited to hear about the events that Trinity’s own Trinity University Latino Association and Mexico, the Americas, and Spain program have organized (among other great clubs and organizations), but I am sad that I won’t be able to participate in any of them. To contribute to Hispanic Heritage Month, I decided to research the Latinx population in Spain. Studies done by the European...

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Last Tuesday, students taking the Issues in Contemporary Arts course met with San Antonio-based painter Ana Fernandez and explored a joint exhibition curated at The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s Brazos Street Gallery. The gallery space divides two artists’ solo shows into three rooms; each work is more colorful than the last. Figures and familiar-feeling San Antonio buildings and street corners unfold on paper, canvas and occasionally directly on the wall. In “Narratives Invented,” Ruth Buentello paints...

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Throughout September and October, the Trinity community honors Latinx culture and community with a lineup of events for Latinx Heritage Month. This is the first year that the university has officially held a program honoring the occasion. “Last fall, in 2016, we had the honor to welcome Norma Cantu, who immediately pointed out the importance of celebrating Latinx Heritage Month,” wrote Rosana Blanco-Cano, director of the MAS: Mexico, the Americas and Spain program, in an...