What is Latinx?

You might have seen “Latinx” in different materials around campus. Those of us who use “Latinx/a/o” do so to acknowledge the full gender spectrum of experiences in these communities while honoring the history of Latinas fighting against their erasure in past male-dominated Latino movements. I sometimes struggle when I say my full title – Coordinator of Latina/x/o Student Involvement and Advocacy. The moment I had a student walk into my office for the first time because they saw "Latinx" used on our website, and it made them feel welcomed, it was worth the mouthful. Language matters. It is deeply personal. I also understand that a name change is a surface level endeavor and that policy changes and education are crucial if we are to create substantial change in our community.

By Yvette I. Lerma Jones

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion

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