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Evanston Township High School held its first Latinx Summit called “Creating Visions: Latinx Voices and Opportunities” on April 22. More than 200 students participate, discussing and exploring what it means to be Latinx. Challenging the gender binary and patriarchal language, the term Latinx is inclusive of, but different from, Latino, Latina or Latin@.
Open to all ETHS students, the Latinx Summit posed the question of what it means to identify as “brown,” when ancestors indigenous to these lands are from Africa, Europe, and many other places. In addition to conversations about the histories of struggle and varied experiences by generation, students had the opportunity to discuss the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, and the importance of solidarity.
Guest speakers included Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, along with other Latinx professionals from Evanston and the greater Chicagoland area. Among the activities for students were college and career panels and presentations about education options, as well as interactive breakout sessions to address current issues and themes pertinent to the Latinx community.
“We are grateful to all of our students and staff who have raised the social consciousness of our school and District by being part of this event and encouraging all of us to continue an open dialogue,” said ETHS Assistant Superintendent and Principal Marcus Campbell. “As our Latinx population continues to grow, our commitment to providing space for student voice also grows.”