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Make National Voter Registration Day one of your favorite national holiday!

nvrd-social-graphics-01-300x225With so many important elections being held, millions of people, including me, are registering to vote today on National Voter Registration Day, September 27.

National Voter Registration Day was first started for the 2012 presidential election. It has now become an annual holiday and celebration when thousands of people ensure our family, friends and neighbors are registered to vote.

I’m sharing this information with you because I am committed to helping spread the vote. You can visit NationalVoterRegistrationDay.org to register to vote and to find ways to get involved and help celebrate #VoterRegistrationDay! Or as a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar, I am happy to come to you and register you in person! All you have to do is hit me up!

Hundreds of events across the USA are also being planned for National Voter Registration Day 2016. Check out today’s events around Greater Austin. Continue Reading

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REGÍSTRATE PARA VOTAR

¡Yo te puedo ayudar como Subregistradora Voluntaria!

¿Cómo?

Llenar la Solicitud de Registro Electoral. Obtén una solicitud de tu biblioteca, cualquier oficina gubernamental, descarga una aquí, o conmigo.

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–  Ubicación de la biblioteca en Dripping Springs, Condado de Hays

501 Sportsplex Drive

Dripping Springs, TX 78620

  –  Ubicaciones de bibliotecas en Austin, Condado de Travis

–  Descarga para el Condado de Hays y envíala a:

Hays County Voter Registrar

712 S. Stagecoach Trl, Suite 1045

San Marcos, TX 78666

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Nonprofit Spotlight | Seedling Foundation

SeedlingFoundaiton logoLast month I was invited to attend the Seedling Foundation Mentor Appreciation Luncheon. Seedling Foundation’s mission is to support children challenged by parental incarceration with innovative, research-driven, school-based mentoring in Austin and selected sites in the Central Texas area. It’s Promise Mentor Program, launched in February 2006, provides the caring, consistent presence of an adult friend that works to build resilience among at-risk youth, youth affected by the incarceration of one or both parents.

Mentors and mentees in designated schools are matched through a multi-step process that includes a Mentor Profile, criminal background check, and reference checks. Mentors complete a 2.5-hour orientation which provides solid practical information about the mentoring process and the importance of their role prior to their introduction to a child. Throughout the mentor-mentee relationship Seedling Foundation offers continued education for mentors, providing support based on research findings and best practices.

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On the Chicanx Psychology with Dr. Manuel X. Zamarripa, Hd.D., LPC-S | Z Consulting & Trainings

Recently I participated in a professional training on the acculturation, identity and family of Chinanxs with Dr. Manuel X. Zamarripa. Although Dr. Zamarripa’s trainings are from the mental health perspective the material presented and the experiences shared are relevant and useful to any who have an interest in cultural awareness, those that want to learn about multiculturalism and diversity, and simply, those that just “don’t get” why others “have to go there?!?”

Two of three points discussed in Chicanx Psychology: Acculturation, Identity and Family were of main interest to me and the work I do to bridge and foster cultural communication and community engagement with the Latinx and Hispanic communities. They are, recognizing the influence of historical, social and cultural factors, and recognizing that ethnicity influences human behavior. Having an awareness of the immigrant and native frameworks is important and supports informed and respectful communication. Culturally informed communication (trauma-informed, in some cases) then leads to a successful engagement, fostering positive relationships.

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On the Dulce Shelf

Summer reading is here! I’ve been receiving reading lists for the past two weeks in anticipation of the yearly summer reading custom, from school required reading to beach books. Here’s a recent list provided by Austin360’s  Cultura en Austin blog, the 14 Latino books for your summer reading list .

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As for Sententia Vera’s Dulce Shelf, I have a summer author pick to recommend. Take a look at any of Luis Alberto Urrea’s literary gifts. You won’t be disappointed.

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Another interesting title that came across my desk is Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.

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My last professional gig with YWCA Greater Austin gave me the experience of managing the multiple areas of my professional career at once, they are, Development & Communication, plus Advocacy work in the realms of women and immigration issues. It was a busy, yet exciting and learning, year. I am grateful for the opportunity to have served such a distinguished and historic organization.

I didn’t break all ties to the organization as I value its mission to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom an dignity for all. So, I am now a volunteer. I’m helping with the website transition of its homepage and basic maintenance. Something, I’m sure, the managing team is anxiously waiting for its completion. I’m also a volunteer member to its Advocacy Committee.

Now, this website transition is testing my patience and skill in website administration. I found the technology to be cumbersome and snobbish, that is, NOT user-friendly at all, especially as it’s geared at local nonprofits with frugal budgets, that having an IT professional on staff or vendor would be a luxury.  I continue to learn about Blackbaud’s Sphere CMS while silently cursing at its every unfriendly hurdle.

Take a look at what will be the new YWCA Greater Austin homepage design and make sure to check back in a few… to visit its completed launch!

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    A broad coalition of organizations and scholars from across Texas, the Responsible Ethnic Studies Textbook Coalition (www.masfortexas.org), is “calling on the State Board of Education to reject [the ONLY] proposed Mexican-American studies textbook that promotes offensive cultural stereotypes, distorts history and is plagued by factual errors.”

    Sententia Vera joined the rally in support of the #RejectTheText campaign on Tuesday, 13 September 2016. The Coalition has “scholars from across Texas and outside the state reviewing the textbook” as not one subject-matter expert was hired to co-author the Mexican American Heritage history book for “fear of bias,” defended the head of the publishing company, Cynthia Dunbar. What?!? A key rule to writing, as Mark Twain advocates, is to “write what you know.” In several cases, Ms. Dunbar has been the biased party for publishing a “politicized distortion of history” as reported by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

    To add your voice to those calling for the rejection of the flawed Mexican American Heritage textbook visit the Coalition’s website and sign the action to add you name to the petition. The Texas State Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the textbook’s adoption at its November meeting.

    Among those in the pictures: Kathy Miller, TFN President; Celina Moreno, attorney for Mexican American Legal Defense Fund; Dr. Emilio Zamora, professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, Carmen Tafolla, associate professor of education at the University of Texas at San Antonio; Tony Díaz, Librotraficante; Martha P. Cotera, Chicana Feminist & Civil Rights.

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