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October 2020
  • Immigrants and children of immigrants are increasing on campuses “with implications for the future of the country’s work force, higher education and other efforts to reduce racial and economic inequality,” The New York Times reported October 16. “(M)ore than 5.3 million students or nearly 30 percent of all students enrolled in colleges and universities in 2018, hailed from immigrant families, up from 20 percent in 2000.” The students were mostly “the offspring of Indians who came to study in the United States and stayed; the children of Latin Americans who crossed the border for blue-collar jobs; and some whose families fled civil wars around the world as refugees.”
  • “The National Museum of Mexican Art has received a $3.5 million grant from the Ford Foundation as part of a broader effort to help culturally diverse institutions survive coronavirus.” The Chicago museum had been forced to close to the public because of the pandemic. The grant is the largest the museum has ever received. – Block Club Chicago, October 13, 2020
  • Dr. Cecilia Martinez, the co-founder and executive director of the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED), was named one of “The 100 Most Influential People” in the October 5/ 12 issue of Time. Dr. Martinez was recognized as “advocating for environmental justice.”
  • Carlos Gomez was named a senior vice president and treasurer at the Walt Disney Company. – Hispanic Executive, October 13, 2020
  • Coming off the June cover of Rolling Stone, Benito Antonio Martinez Ocasio, known as Bad Bunny, was featured on the front of The New York Times Magazine, October 11. The reggaeton artist has released four chart-topping albums since 2016 and “captured the force of a generation of Puerto Ricans who are using art to put a spotlight on the social, economic and political debacles unraveling on their homeland.”
  • Mexico’s former defense minister, retired Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, was arrested on drug and money laundering charges shaking one of the few institutions that had maintained the confidence of the people. – The Associated Press, October 16, 2020
  • Buenos Aires City Legislator Ofelia Fernández, 20, is “Latin America’s youngest lawmaker” and one of the “Next Generation Leaders” in Time’s October 19 issue.
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