Discussion Dinner #12: What It’s Like to Be Hispanic in Austin [July 30]

I. Overview

As we continue our series on diversity,  we turn this month to look at a group of people who are near and dear to the heart and history of Texas: Hispanics. When we say “Hispanic,” we’re using the definition from the US Census Bureau that defines the ethnonym Hispanic or Latino to refer to “a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.” My original title for the event had too/many/slashes.

The premise for this dinner is simple: we want to know what it’s like to be Hispanic in Austin. What are the favorite parts of your culture? How do you celebrate your culture while assimilating to a new one? Do you feel like Austin is inclusive? How do you find the Hispanic community in Austin?

II. Facilitators

Vicky Garza is a third generation Austinite. Vicky has a unique perspective because although she was born in Austin, her family moved around a lot while she was growing up and she ended up spending most of her childhood in Miami. She moved back to the Austin area after graduating from the University of Miami but then, in her 20s, she spent some time living in London and Hawaii.

Vicky has worked as a journalist for the Austin Business Journal, the Austin Monitor, and the State of Texas. She now works for Latinitas, a nonprofit organization focused on equipping young girls with media and technology skills using a culturally responsive curriculum, and continues to write on a freelance basis.

Vicky Garza and I, Samantha Fagan, will be leading our discussion, but we can’t do it without your stories. Please join us for an evening of delicious food and stimulating conversation.

III. Menu

Potluck! Bring a dish to share (approximately 20 people). Also, alcohol is allowed, so BYOB. Water is provided. 🙂

IV. Schedule

7-7:30 Arrive and get to know each other.
7:30 Dinner starts.
8:00 Discussion kicks off!
10:00 Wrap up and clean up.

IV. Submit a question

Do you have a question surrounding this dinner that you want to ask but are nervous about asking in person? We understand. You can email any and all questions to [email protected].

V. RSVP

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photo from Latina.com

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