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    October: University of New Mexico & El Centro de la Raza

    October College Night with UNM & El Centro de la Raza Join us on Tuesday, October 8 from 6:00-8:00 pm as we host our second monthly college resource night. This month, the University of New Mexico, one of the largest universities in NM, will be joining us. UNM will be available to answer questions and provide information on admissions, degree programs, areas of study, financial aid & scholarships and more! El Centro de la Raza will be providing specific information on it's programming to support Latinx students during their time at UNM. This is happening at our offices at Zona del Sol, (CORNER OF Jaguar & Country Club Road). There is a big mural on the side of the building. Parking is located on the southside of Jaguar Drive. Enter via the large blue doors past the chainlink fence. Questions?Call 505-983-6896 Email miguel@earthcarenm.org Sponsored by Earth Care's Community Education Center with partners Santa Fe Community College & Boys & Girls Club of SF Invite & share with friends on Facebook here  
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    October Calls to Action!

    This month's calls to action features four different sections. Indigenous Peoples' Day events, Sustainability in practice events and workshops, social justice events and some Climate Strike events (full/updated list here - https://www.youthunited4climatecrisisaction.org/). INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' DAY  In March of 2019, our State Legislature finally made Indigenous Peoples' Day a state holiday on the second Monday of October! Columbus day is officially off the books. Read the legislation here. This legislation follows years and years of organizing work from Indigenous Peoples' and allies. Santa Fe and Albuquerque adopted Indigenous People's day a few years before 2019 thanks to organizations like The Red Nation, UNM Kiva Club, Tewa Women United, Three Sisters Collective and many many more! Below are some local celebrations and demonstrations - check them out! And then donate to Indigenous led organizations and educate yourself on the history of the land we stand on and what you can do to be an accomplice in the struggle for liberation.  Native Land Map - Access Here Zinn Education Project Indigenous Peoples' History for educators -Access Here The Red Nation Blog and Newsletter - Access Here Indigenous Ally Toolkit from Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy Network- Access Here OCTOBER 12-14 at Downtown Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples' Day 2019 - Santa Fe MONDAY OCTOBER 14 9:00-1:00 PM at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, 2401 12th St NW, ABQ, NM Indigenous Peoples' Day 2019 - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE MONDAY OCTOBER 14 5:30-8:30 PM at 1st & Central Indigenous Peoples' Day 2019 - ABQ On this #IndigenousPeoplesDay, we call on all those who oppose ICE raids, family separation, deportations, and incarceration to unite against the racist persecution of Indigenous and poor people by the United States.It is time to say, “¡Basta Ya!” Enough is enough! In concert with a national call to action issued by the Coalition to Close the Concentration Camps (closetheconcentrationcamps.org), #TheRedNation will lead an #IPD2019 rally and march in solidarity with our Indigenous, refugee, and migrant relatives who are being brutalized, caged, and killed by the US government. We demand that the US government #CloseTheCamps and #LetEveryonein.Better yet, we demand the US government cede power to the Indigenous nations who possess rightful political authority in these lands. The United States has no authority on stolen land. However, we as Indigenous peoples and nations of these lands, reclaim our authority to determine the criteria for citizenship and belonging. And we say: #NoBansOnStolenLands #NoCampsOnStolenLands #NoBordersOnStolenLands#SovereigntyAsSanctuary LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE CLIMATE STRIKE! MONDAY OCTOBER 7 12:30 – 2 pm at New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired 801 Stephen Moody St., ABQ, NM Science, Technology & Telecommunications Committee Climate Strike Organizers are on the agenda to present to the STT Legislative Committee. Attend to support youth climate activists who will present their demands to the legislature. Youth Demands for State Action to Mitigate Climate Change: Create a Just Transition Fund from Oil and Gas Revenues to Build a Sustainable Carbon-Neutral Economy for All New Mexicans; Convert New Mexico to 100% Renewable Energy Use by 2030; Impose a Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing; Pass Community Solar Legislation in 2020 LEARN MORE HERE TUESDAY OCTOBER 8 8:30 AM at Eldorado Hotel, 309 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe, NM New Mexico Oil & Gas Association (NMOGA) Annual Meeting LEARN MORE HERE  FRIDAY OCTOBER 4, 11, 18 , 25 12:00 – 1:00 pm at Roundhouse (east side concourse), 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM Fridays for the Future: Youth Climate Activists rally at the Roundhouse Show up to join youth Climate Strike organizers to let the Governor know they want her to meet with them, to declare a climate emergency, and to respond to their four demands with substantial actions. Also, sign a petition in support of the youth activist demands here. Continuing every Friday in October at noon. LEARN MORE HERE SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES SATURDAY OCTOBER 5 8:00-10:00 AM at Arroyo Hondo Open Space, ABQ, NM  Santa Fe County Community Work Day LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 9 5:30-7:00 PM at 1800 Upper Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, 87501 Tree Walk & Forest Bathing LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE THURSDAY OCTOBER 10 6:00-7:30 PM at 1800 Upper Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, 87501 Survival by Degrees; 389 Bird Species on the Brink ($20) LEARN MORE HERE FRIDAY OCTOBER 11 4:30-7:30 PM at 100 Isleta Blvd. SW, ABQ, NM South Valley Harvest Festival La Familia Growers Market - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SUNDAY OCTOBER 12 & 13 9:00 AM-5:00 PM at Valmora, NM Keyline Pasture Restoration Workshop - Valmora LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16 6:00 - 7:30 PM at Cafe da Lat, 5615 Central Ave NE, ABQ, NM Conversations for Climate Action - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY OCTOBER 19 10:00 AM-4:00 PM at Gutierrez Hubbell House, 6029 Isleta Blvd SW, ABQ, NM New Mexico Fermentation Festival - ABQ LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16 6:00 - 7:30 PM at Cafe da Lat, 5615 Central Ave NE, ABQ, NM Parents Circle, Plant Medicine: Elderberry for the Whole Family - Espanola LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE THURSDAY OCTOBER 247:00 - 9:00 PM at 1800 Upper Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, 87501 LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE OCTOBER 25-27 Various Locations Seed Revolution - Seed School Weekend LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY OCTOBER 26  10:00 - 4:00 PM at North Domingo Baca Park, 7520 Corona Ave NE, ABQ, NM Solar Fiesta 2019 - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SOCIAL & ECOLOGICAL JUSTICE EVENTS THURSDAY OCTOBER 3 5:30-8:00 PM at South Valley Senior Center, 2008 Larrazolo Rd SW, ABQ, NM Community Conversation on Anti-racism with APS Board Candidates - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE FRIDAY OCTOBER 4 7:45-10:00 PM at The Guild, 3405 Central Ave NE, ABQ, NM The War At Home Documentary - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE *Hosted by Earth Care* SATURDAY OCTOBER 5 7:00-9:00 PM at The Lensic, 211 W San Francisco St, Santa Fe, NM ¡Presente!  BUY TICKETS HERE SATURDAY OCTOBER 5 1-4 PM at Westside Community Center, 1250 Isleta Blvd SW, ABQ, NM Fight the Stigma! LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY OCTOBER 5 1-4 pm Los Jardines Institute, 803 La Vega Dr SW, ABQ, NM Wood Block Printing w/ Muertos y Marigolds -ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SUNDAY OCTOBER 6 at El Chante: Casa de Cultura, 804 Park Ave SW, ABQ, NM Yaxche! Círculo de Mujeres/Women's Circle -- ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE *Hosted by Earth Care* TUESDAY OCTOBER 8 6:00-8:00 PM at Earth Care/Zona del Sol, Corner of Country Club & Jaguar October College Night with UNM & El Centro de la Raza LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE TUESDAY OCTOBER 8 at Andele Restaurant, 1950 Calle del Norte, Mesilla, NM ACLU of NM Annual Meeting - Las Cruces LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE OCTOBER 9-11 at Isleta Resort & Casino, 11000 Broadway SE, ABQ, NM Community Healing Through Courageous Conversations -- A VAWA Convening - ABQ LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE THURSDAY OCTOBER 10 6:00-8:00 PM at 501 Franklin Ave, Santa Fe, NM Artist Talk With Anastasio and #POTP Poetry of the People LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE FRIDAY OCTOBER 11 & 25 5:30 PM at 200 Rosemont Ave NE, ABQ, NM BIPOC Sangha Meditation Gatherings at AIMC - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SUNDAY OCTOBER 13 3:00-6:00 PM at ABQ CIVIC PLAZA, 4th & Marquette, NM Voices of Tomorrow: Then & Now - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE TUESDAY OCTOBER 15 6:30-8:30 PM at NHCC, 1701 4th Street SW, ABQ, NM NMED PRODUCED WATER PUBLIC COMMENT MEETING - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16 5:30-7:30 PM at Second Presbyterian Church, 812 Edith Blvd. SW, ABQ, NM 87102 The People's Update on the Status of Civil Rights in Albuquerque & the United States More info contact 505-400-3635 or hnaalbuquerque@ gmail.com  SATURDAY OCTOBER 19 6:00 PM at 1701 4th St SW, ABQ, NM Refugees, Rivers and Rebels - ABQ SUNDAY OCTOBER 20 10 AM - 3 PM at 7600 Southern Ave SE, ABQ, NM ABQ CiQlovía 2019 LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE MONDAY OCTOBER 21 10 AM - 4 PM at Hernandez Community Center, 19418 highway 84/285, Hernandez, NM Advocate Training: The intersection of Civic Engagement and Birthwork - HERNANDEZ Policy advocacy for midwives, doulas, OB's, lactation specialists, peer counselors, and any other self-identified birthworkers LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE OCTOBER 11 - 20 3:00-6:00 PM at The Guild, 3405 Central Ave NE, ABQ, NM Way Out West Film Fest -  NM's LGBTQ Film Festival! - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SUNDAY OCTOBER 27 10:00-2:00 PM at UNM Art Museum, ABQ, NM To Bloom in the Desert: Trans Resilience in Burque - ABQ FULL LIST OF LOCAL EVENTS SUBMIT EVENTS TO INFO@EARTHCARENM.ORG
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    September Calls to Action!

      WEEK OF CLIMATE STRIKE NM Youth in New Mexico are mobilizing and organizing for the week of action. See below for our calendar of events in the Santa Fe area RSVP on Facebook   Living on the Edge Podcast with Xubi Wilson on KSFR 101.1 June 22, 2019 Three leaders from Youth United for Climate Crisis Action (YUCCA) discussing the Sept. 20 General Strike. Listen to the Show Here Living on the Edge Podcast with Xubi Wilson on KSFR 101.1 August 1, 2019 Listen to the Show Here Brave Space with Cecile Lipworth on KTRC 103.7 August 31, 2019 Photo Credit: Brave Space Our YUCCA (Youth United for Climate Crisis Action) leaders organizing the climate strike in Santa Fe on 9/20 and beyond are on the radio TODAY - tune in to hear Aspen Coriz, Ruby Lopez, and Yang Toledo this AM at 9AM Listen to the Show Here Women's Focus with Carol Boss on KUNM 89.9 - A Call To Action: Youth Leading The September 20 Global Climate Strike August 31, 2019 Yang and Veroaylin Campos as well as two youth leaders from Fight for Our Lives leading Albuquerque's Climate Strike. Audio to be posted Radio Cafe with Mary Charlotte Domandi September 12, 2019 Photo Credit: Santa Fe New Mexican While politicians and other adults have brought the world to the edge of catastrophic climate disruption, young people all over the globe are organizing and taking action. We speak to four young New Mexicans–Ruby Lopez, Veroaylin Campos, Yang Toledo, Josue Damián Martinez, all members of NM Youth United for Climate Crisis Action (YUCCA), which is part of of Earth Care, and the Sunrise Movement– about the upcoming General Climate Strike and 7 Days of Resistance. <iframe style="border: none" src="//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/11197124/height/90/theme/custom/thumbnail/yes/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/000000/" height="90" width="100%" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen></iframe> Listen to the show on Radio Cafe Here Retake Our Democracy Podcast with Paul Gibson on KSFR 101.1 September 15, 2019 Listen to the Show Here CLIMATE STRIKE - ALBUQUERQUE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20 12:30 PM – 5 PM at Robinson Park 🔥Our house is on fire - let's start acting like it 🔥www.ClimateStrikeABQ.com12:00 - School Walkouts12:30 pm - 5:00 pm Climate Action Fair1:00 pm - Climate Emergency Rally1:45 pm - March to U.S. Senators Heinrich & Udall offices to demand a Green New Deal2:00 pm Children's March for Our FutureWe, the youth of Albuquerque, are striking from school because we have but a few years to transform our energy system and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to prevent the worst effects of climate change. The clock is ticking, and stops for no one.We are striking because if the social order is disrupted by our refusal to attend school, then the system is forced to face the climate crisis and enact change. With our futures at stake, we call for urgent legislative action to combat climate change and its countless detrimental effects on the American people. It is time we take a stand, and demand action from our nation and world’s leaders.We are striking because marginalized communities across our nation —especially Indigenous communities, disabled communities, and low-income communities— are already disproportionately impacted by climate change.HIGH SCHOOL WALKOUTS:Walkouts will begin at 12pm, students along with adult allies will convene on Robinson Park at 1pm before marching shortly after. CLIMATE ACTION FAIR:Students & adults of all ages are invited to learn how to get involved in the climate emergency movement, take action, and to join local artists, poets, musicians, anytime between 12:30pm and 5pm for our "Climate Action Fair" sponsored by local community organizations and full of fun, safe, and engaging ways you can help combat the crisis! Interested in leading a Climate Crisis Walkout at your school? Learn more and get involved by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2ZIZJVY LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE Watch Party: MSNBC Presidential Climate Forum 2020 6:00-9:00 PM at Kelly's Pub, 3222 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106 RSVP HERE SEPTEMBER 6-7 at UNM Continuing Education, 1634 University Blvd NE, ABQ, NM NM Rising! 2nd Climate Disruption Film Festival - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 11 at ABQ Center for Peace & Justice, 202 Harvard Ave SE, ABQ, NM Conversations for Climate Action - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21 at NHCC 4th St, ABQ, NMIt's Our Future Community Climate Mural Project at Globalquerque - ABQ LEARN MORE HERE SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Fracking Reality Tour In Greater Chaco Area - Counselor The Fracking Reality Tour in the Greater Chaco region will be led by Daniel Tso. Daniel currently serves as a Council Delegate on the Navajo Nation Council, is a resident of Counselor and has been a long-time activist to protect the Greater Chaco landscape, communities and National Park from the effects of fracking.Carpool from Albuquerque and return to Albuquerque at approximately 5pm.Please RSVP by Friday, Sept. 13.We will send out a follow up email with all necessary details Sept. 17. PLEASE SIGN UP HERE WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 25 7:00 - 9:00 PM at Warehouse Five O'eight, 508 1st St NW, ABQ, NM Climate Crisis Expression Session: Poetry Slam + Open Mic - ABQ LEARN MORE HERE 23rd Annual Gathering for Mother Earth September 26-29 Nambe, Pojoaque, Valles Caldera FIND ALL OF THE DETAILS HERE SUSTAINABILITY PRACTICES SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1 9:00 AM-3:00 PM at ABQ, NM Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Jemez Mountains: Herb Walk - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SEPTEMBER 1-2 9:00 AM  at ABQ, NM Cactus and Succulent Show @ ABQ BioPark LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6, 13, 20, 27 4:30-7:30 PM at 100 Isleta Blvd. SW, ABQ, NM La Familia Growers Market South Valley - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7 9:00 AM-3:00 PM at ABQ, NM Edible & Medicinal Plants of the Sandia Mountains: Herb Walk - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14 9:30 AM-1:00 PM at UNM-TAOS, Bataan Hall, Civic Plaza Dr, Taos, NM World Climate Simulation event - Taos LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14 10:00 AM-3:00 PM at Santa Fe Place Mall, 4250 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM National Drive Electric Week LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE MONDAY SEPTEMBER 16 1:00 pm at Rio Rancho/Santa Ana Star Center (Intersection of Unser & Paseo del Volcan) Anti-Trump Protest: Rio Rancho, NM LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21 9:30 AM-4:30 PM at Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Rd NWEncuentro de Semillas // Gathering of Seeds - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21 11:00 AM at ABQ Center for Peace & Justice, 202 Harvard Ave SE, ABQ, NM Community Health & Wellness/Herbal Clinic LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22 12:00 - 2:00 PM at 130 Siringo Road, Santa Fe, NM Jamming Jellies with Homegrown NM LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SOCIAL & ECOLOGICAL JUSTICE EVENTS SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1 & 15 6:00 PM at TGRCNM, 149 Jackson St NE, ABQ, NM Black & Pink: Albuquerque Chapter LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SEPTEMBER 3, 10, 17, 25 at ABQ Center for Peace & Justice, 202 Harvard Ave SE, ABQ, NM Anti-Racism Discussion Group with Tonya Covington - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SEPTEMBER 4-6 at 1701 4th St NW, ABQ, NM Albuquerque Latinx Film Festival ¡Cine Magnifico! LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 5 & 19 7:00 PM at TGRCNM, 149 Jackson St NE, ABQ, NM Transmasculine Support Group - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SEPTEMBER 6-7 at El Morro Theater, 207 W Coal Ave, NM Native Liberation Conference 2019 - Gallup LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6 at Corpus Arts, 123 7th St NW, ABQ, NM First Friday Art: María José Ramos Villagra LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7 12:00-6:00 PM at Valdez Park, 901 Fariview Ave, Española, NM The Bounce Back II: ReGeneration Fest - Española LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7 1:00-4:00 PM at Los Jardines Institute, 803 La Vega SW, ABQ, NM Silkscreen Printing Workshop - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7 4:00-6:00 PM at Octavia Fellin Library, 115 W Hill Ave, Gallup, NM Standing with Standing Rock event at the Octavia Fellin Library - Gallup LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 10 6:00 PM at 6599 Jaguar Dr Vámonos La Familia’s Take a Walk on the Southside LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SUNDAYS SEPTEMBER 8, 22 12:30-2:30 PM at El Chante, 804 Park Ave SW, ABQ, NM Yaxche! Círculo de Mujeres/Women's Circle - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE MONDAY SEPTEMBER 9 7:00 PM at TGRCNM, 149 Jackson St NE, ABQ, NM Non-Binary Support Group - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAYS SEPTEMBER 14, 21, 28 3:00-6:00 PM at The Tannex, 1417 4th Street SW, ABQ, NM ABQZF Zine Library Hours! - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 12 7:00-9:00 PM at El Chante, 804 Park Ave SW, ABQ, NM Voices Of The Barrio: Manuel Gonzalez - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13 8:30-3:30 PM at Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Center 848 State Road 68, Alcalde, NM MPPP Annual Teacher Professional Development Workshop - Velarde REGISTER HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14 11:00-3:00 PM at TMC, Tesuque, NM The Mountain Center 40year Celebration Open House LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14 4:00-8:00 PM at Southwest Organizing Project, 211 10th Ave SW, ABQ, NM Chile Harvest Fiesta/Jeanne Gauna Social Justice Spirit Awards 2019 - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14 & 21 1:00-4:00 PM at Los Jardines Institute, 803 La Vega SW, ABQ, NM Paper-mâché Workshop Part 1 & 2 LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SEPTEMBER 19-20 at Somos, Taos, NM Rural Pride - Taos, NM REGISTER HERE SEPTEMBER 19-20 at NM Veterans Memorial, 1100 Louisiana Blvd SE, ABQ, NM Aki Matsuri 2019 | Japanese Fall Festival - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28 at Identity, Inc, 204 W Main St, Farmington, NM The Red Deal Workshop and Action - Farmington LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28 1:00-4:00 pm at Los Jardines Institute, 803 La Vega SW, ABQ, NM Papel Picado and Paper Flowers Workshop - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28 3:00-6:00 pm at SWOP, 211 10th St SW, ABQ, NM Journey to the Water Bike Ride - ABQ LEARN MORE & RSVP HERE FULL LIST OF LOCAL EVENTS SUBMIT EVENTS TO INFO@EARTHCARENM.ORG
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    ‘Una Comunidad Educada es Una Comunidad Fuerte’

    SFCC and Earth Care están trabajando con los habitantes del lado sur para incrementar el porcentaje de inscripción universitaria en la comunidad Hispana y Latina   Varios residentes de Southside interesados ​​en aprender más sobre ir a la universidad en SFCC escuchan una presentación en la Zona del Sol.   By Katherine Lewin |  3 days ago Blanca Ortiz se para frente a unas 20 personas en Zona del Sol, hablando con sus manos del mismo modo que con su voz, que se mueve fácilmente entre inglés y español. Ella está de vuelta viviendo en El Sur de Santa Fe, donde nació y creció, después de obtener su licenciatura en Indiana con una beca con todo incluido. Ortiz le cuenta al público sobre su éxito a través de la educación secundaria, y ahora de sus esperanzas de asistir a la Universidad de Nuevo México para un título en Derecho. Ella quiere inspirar a otros habitantes del lado sur a comenzar o completar su educación. "Quiero que la educación sea algo de fácil acceso", le dice Ortiz a SFR. "Siento que una comunidad educada es una comunidad fuerte, siendo esta una de las razones por las que estoy aquí. Dado que recientemente me gradué, quiero volver a la comunidad y empezar a organizarme y estar completamente presente aquí". Ortiz, junto con la organización sin fines de lucro Earth Care y el Community College de Santa Fe, eligió Zona del Sol para este evento informal, destinado a aumentar la matrícula universitaria para las comunidades Hispana y Latina. Es el primero de una serie mensual planificada en proporcionar un espacio cómodo y bilingüe donde las personas pueden obtener soporte en su aplicación a SFCC y para adquirir ayuda financiera.   Blanca Ortiz cuenta su historia frente a la multitud. "Lo que es realmente importante para nosotros es hacer correr la voz específicamente para nuestra comunidad del Lado Sur", dice el Director de Reclutamiento y Doble Crédito de SFCC Marcos Maez a SFR. "Tenemos sesiones de información y orientaciones abiertas ocurriendo de semestre a semestre en SFCC, pero a veces el transporte es un problema, así que queremos llevarlo más cerca de casa". De 2011 a 2018, el número total de estudiantes en SFCC ha disminuido de manera consistente de 6.520 a 5.432, una caída del 17%, según las cifras proporcionadas por la universidad. La proporción de estudiantes Hispanos o Latinos en la escuela ha pasado de 53% en 2013 a 51% en 2018. Los Hispanos o Latinos constituían el 45% de todos los estudiantes en 2013; ese número ha bajado desde entonces a un 44%. Los planes de SFCC para talleres específicos en el Lado Sur nunca han llegado a tener éxito hasta ahora, cuando la universidad se asoció con Earth Care para el evento Zona del Sol. La "ubicación neutralizada" ayuda a aumentar el índice de matriculación en el Lado Sur y hacer que los residentes se sientan más cómodos, especialmente para los hombres Hispanos. SFCC ha visto bajas cifras de participación para esa población. "Los hombres Hispanos, simplemente no se están inscribiendo en la universidad o si se están inscribiendo, no están completando el programa ni graduándose con un certificado o título", le dice Maez a SFR. "Estamos usando esto como una oportunidad para que la gente de la comunidad se involucre con el personal de SFCC y Earth Care como influyentes positivos. Una cosa es que mi personal y yo hablemos de la importancia de la universidad, pero es otra cosa tener a sus amigos, a sus parientes, a la gente en la que confían. Eso nos da credibilidad para darles ese empujón de que la universidad es una muy buena opción para ellos". SFCC y las fundaciones sin fines de lucro también quieren disipar un mito generalizado y dañino que impide que muchos incluso consideren la universidad como una opción. "Hay un mito que todavía está dando vueltas de que, si no eres ciudadano de este país, no puedes calificar para recibir asistencia financiera o no puedes registrarte para clases universitarias", explica Maez. "Parte de lo que hacemos es simplemente desacreditar ese mito y hacer saber a la gente que, si no tienes un número de Seguridad Social, somos una escuela santuario y una ciudad santuario. No hacemos preguntas. … Tenemos otras maneras de completar el proceso de inscripción y otras formas de conseguir que complete una solicitud de ayuda financiera". Cuando Ortiz termina sus observaciones, el público conformado por habitantes del Lado Sur se dividen en dos grupos, ya sea dirigiéndose hacia las computadoras de Zona del Sol para llenar las solicitudes gratuitas para SFCC o para reunirse con el personal de ayuda financiera de la universidad para comenzar el proceso de solicitud para la Aplicación de Ayuda Financiera Federal para Estudiantes (FAFSA, por sus siglas en inglés) Ortiz le dice a SFR que quiere convertirse en abogada de inmigración. Pero por ahora, planea mantenerse conectada con su hogar en el Lado Sur y sus raíces Latinas y aumentar los logros en la educación para las personas de su comunidad trabajando con SFCC y Earth Care en la serie de talleres. Ortiz dice que la inestabilidad financiera y la falta de información son dos barreras principales que impiden que los habitantes del Lado Sur vayan a la universidad. "Cuando eres financieramente inestable, sientes que tu mundo está más cerrado", dice, de pie junto a una mesa cubierta de comida para los presentes. "Cuando sus antecedentes socioeconómicos son limitados y, además, es un poco más desfavorecido que otros, la falta de información se ve muy presente en esta situación. No hay muchas cosas como este [taller] en El lado Sur. Creo que lo que vemos mucho en nuestra comunidad es tener recursos por un corto período de tiempo y luego son quitados. Espero que este [taller] se convierta en algo permanente". Para saber dónde y cuándo serán las próximas reuniones, envíe un correo electrónico a Marcos Maez al marcos.maez@sfcc.edu o llame al 505-428-1779.
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