Op-Ed: Using Hispanic Heritage Month as a Platform for Change


As the University of Pittsburgh celebrates its third annual Hispanic Heritage Month, let's admire the achievements Latinx at Pitt has made with regards to raising awareness about Latinidad! It is easy to forget amidst the dance lessons, research symposiums, game nights, and panels that many members of the Latinx community are still left out by confusing nomenclature that ultimately erases the complexity of Latinidad. In universities, the opportunity gap and elitism continue to suppress access to equitable education and resources for Latinx students, faculty, and staff. Is HHM the platform under which Pitt can better serve its Latinx students?

Gendered Language: Tradition or Barrier to Equality?

February 20, 2018

Sometimes there are certain aspects of our lives that we simply do not question.  Children, who are often the only people courageous enough to go against the grain, grow accustomed to hearing the phrase, “it’s just the way it is.”

Language tends to be one of these unquestioned pieces of our behavior.  We may know nothing about the origin of the words we use everyday, or why we have to follow certain rules, but we usually adhere to what we have been provided.  

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