Last Week on Chismeando con La Gente: Semana de la Mujer

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Last Thursday on Chismeando con La Gente, we discussed Semana de la Mujer.

 

Co-hosts Jocelyn and Andrea were joined by Kayleigh Wade, coordinator for MEChA’s Gender and Sexuality Component. Considering that Semana de la Mujer took place this week, Kayleigh came on the show to enlighten listeners on the values and teachings of their events.

 

Dealing with the abrupt news of recording artist Prince’s death, Jocelyn, Andrea, and Kayleigh took time to praise Prince’s innovative mindset in breaking the barrier not only for those crossing gender roles, but people of color.

 

Departing from daily academic tales to venture into more personal stories, Kayleigh shared her struggles as an LGBTQ Chicana, not only on UCLA campus, but back home, as well. Acknowledging the many obstacles she had to overcome to transfer to UCLA and still deal with daily stresses, Kayleigh reassures those in a similar position that pursuing a higher education is worth the sweat and tears.

 

Hoping to bring a safe space to LGBTQ youth and those who wish to convert UCLA into a more accepting and inclusive campus, Kayleigh continues to provide events and support to those open minded individuals through her involvement with MEChA and La Familia.

 

Make sure to tune into Chismeando con La Gente on UCLAradio.com every Thursday at 2:00 P.M., where we discuss el chisme that really matters: intersectional feminism, education, equity, and all things social justice.

Last Week on Chismeando con La Gente: Education

 

Last Thursday on Chismeando con La Gente, we tackled education.

Co-hosts Jocelyn and Andrea were joined by La Gente’s Editor In Chief, Maria Perez. With Bruin Day on Saturday, April 15th, the three recounted their Bruin Day experiences as hopeful, bright-eyed high school Seniors ready to embark on everything UCLA has to offer.

Michael Reyes, UCLA ’14 Alum and former Editor In Chief of La Gente, joined them via telephone to discuss his work with 826LA, a non-profit “dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills.” Reyes reiterated 826LA’s firm belief that “strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.”

With their work in the communities of Mar Vista and Echo Park, 826LA works towards making college accessible for its students. Such college access programs are crucial in underserved communities. As the Chicana/o educational pipeline indicates, college access varies within our own communities.

Make sure to tune into Chismeando con La Gente on UCLAradio.com every Thursday at 2:00 p.m., where we discuss el chisme that really matters: intersectional feminism, education, equity, and all things social justice.

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Crumbs dissolve on my tongue like

Té with Tía Alina in the low sun.

Inside, the gooey filling brings me

to the apple pies mama stopped making

after I turned eleven.

Still in my mouth, the chalkiness

takes me back to Cochabamba mornings,

listening to the chattering voices and wheezing cars

as the crowded city invades my ears.

I swallow the remainder, but the taste lingers,

Wanting to stay for good.