Latino/a Issues

Coffins and Cages

By: Samantha Ramirez- Herrera My heart feels heavy, it feels dense like osmium. My mind is foggy. It is yearning for sunshine, more like begging. My spirit is lightly humming, “Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take these broken wings and learn to fly.” But this flame, this fire deep inside of me, yes, […]

10 Things You Should Know to Support your Latinx Students

By: Saul Flores Whether it’s family, safety, health, or financial security, migrants have unique reasons for making the journey from Latin America to the United States. When they arrive, they face a multitude of challenges, from language barriers to understanding and adapting to a new culture. These obstacles are particularly magnified for young people who […]

Facing Fears to Find Freedom

By: Samantha Ramirez-Herrera I am 33 years old and for the first time in my life I feel visible. Last year I spoke publicly about growing up undocumented on a stage in the middle of Montana in front of 100 strangers. Thirteen minutes of pure adrenaline, rapid heartbeats, sweaty palms, and a whole lot of […]

The Step I Won’t Forget

By: Saul Flores It was a foggy morning when I arrived in Quito, Ecuador. I was taking the first step to embark on the Walk of the Immigrants, a 5,328-mile walk across Latin America. I began this walk to honor the journey and pay my respects to the fearless men and women who walk in […]

The Kid From Atencingo

A few hours south of the United States, you’ll find a typical Mexican town. Although unassuming at first glance, it enchants you with the sound of roosters crowing in the early morning, and the chiming bells from the Catholic cathedral that echo across rolling hills. In Atencingo, caring for the land is a way of […]

Why We Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

By: Saul Flores, CAMPUSPEAK Speaker Why We Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month From our sandy shores to our brightly colored homes, our heritage is rooted in a diaspora of cultures that are spread across Latin America. We celebrate Hispanic Heritage month to encourage students to remember where they came from, where they are, and where they will […]

I cannot make you change. But I can change me.

    “If only my spouse/child/parent/boss would change…” To focus our attention on what we can’t control produces suffering. You and I have limited resources. We have finite time, energy and attention. When we expend those resources on what is beyond our control, suffering ensues. That suffering is a sign. It means we’re out of […]