“As you discover what strength you can draw from your community in this world from which it stands apart, look outward as well as inward. Build bridges instead of walls.” –Sonia Sotomayor
This book is a call to action.
We met over a decade ago and bonded as actresses-scholars, madres, and teatristas. We had both experienced and witnessed inequities in academia and the industry and felt compelled to work together to create change. As colleagues in the field and allies in the struggle for social justice, we seek representation and visibility for our community.
Why do we use Latinx?
We use unidimensional terminology Latinx, Latine, and Latino/a to be inclusive. We recognize that our community is not a monolith and we self-identify in many different ways. We honor the richness of our languages, cultural identities and celebrate the vast expression of our communities. We welcome the academic terminology Latinx/Latine, in this book because it embraces the intersectionality of gender and sexual identities. By using Latinx we hope to offer a sense of belonging. To that end, we work from an anti-racist ethos and are committed to a hemispheric awareness and the centering of people of the Global Majority to manifest a more culturally responsive pedagogy.
We belive that if we change the training, we change the industry.