This summer has been nonstop with our efforts to push back against the suppressive legislation that has been brought forward in the Texas Legislature’s two special sessions. These efforts have included restrictive voter suppression bills, attacks on Black, Brown, Asian, and Indigenous history, and more.
It has been a long and arduous summer, but the fight is not over. We still need your help in calling, emailing, and making our voices heard, even as this second special session winds down. Those in power are desperately doing all they can to cling onto the power they hold, but together we can stand against those efforts and push back to help build a better future for all of us in this state. Stay tuned for specifics on what you can do to help.
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Juntos en la lucha,
Thank to all of the inspiring, amazing Latinx folks for applying to Cohort 1 of Levantate Leadership Institute. We’re finishing out Cohort 1 today, and we can’t wait to end this first cohort on a high note.
Missed the deadline this time? No worries. You can apply for Levantate Leadership Institute’s Cohort 2 starting on September 6th! Stay tuned for info!
¿Sabias que: According to Demos (2016), 85 percent of Latinos in America support returning to the days when students could pay for college by working part-time, and not take on debt. We would definitely have to agree.
At that time, many students did not need to take out student loans and could pay their semester’s tuition with part-time wages, which then were closer to the cost of a livable wage. As inflation and cost of living began to rise, college tuition rates began gouging by the thousands.
In the academic year of 1976-1977, four year public colleges on average charged $2,577 for an entire year of tuition, room, and board for their students. Compare that to current University of Texas at Austin students, who could pay $14,447 for a single semester including costs of tuition, room and board, books, supplies, and personal expenses. Many part-time workers make less than $20,000 yearly, making many public four-year colleges like University of Texas at Austin utterly unaffordable.
There are many steps that need to be taken to close the gap between Latino and white students in higher education. One of the first steps that must be taken is making public four-year universities more affordable.
What do you think about these outrageous prices? Let us know what you think.
If podcasts are more your style, we’ve got you covered too! This week, we recommend checking out Latina to Latina – an interview series where host Alicia Menendez talks to remarkable Latinas about making it, faking it, and everything in between.