Circle de Luz

A call to be the light

A call to be the light

In the spring of 9th grade year, I unequivocally learned that the ideas some people had about what being a Latina might mean could actually impact my life. As I met my HS guidance counselor for the first time to register for sophomore year classes, it wasn’t my perfect grades or cheery disposition he was struck […]

seeing the light!

seeing the light!

Every spring, our Circle de Luz hijas train to run the CPCC Skyline 5k in an event we call Run Big Dream Big.  The race is a way for them to connect with what their amazing bodies can do.  It’s a way for them to enjoy the outdoors.  It’s a way for them to see […]

Empowering our girls

Empowering our girls

Today I invite you to join Circle de Luz as a mija, a member of our giving circle that supports higher education for Latina girls through scholarships. Joining a group of women from around the world to empower young women as a part of this circle is a powerful way to make a difference for our collective […]

Dream Big with us!

Dream Big with us!

  We do it because wellness matters and because breaking big goals down into little steps is a valuable lesson and because there is nothing quite as gratifying as crossing a finish line that felt far away when you started.  Every April, for six years now, we have run a 5k with the Circle de […]

an invitation to be part of the good news

an invitation to be part of the good news

I am honored to invite you to join me as a mija, a member of the Circle de Luz giving circle. Joining a group of women from around the country to become empower young women as a part of this circle is one of the most powerful ways I make a difference in the world. […]

Circle de Luz needs your help!

Circle de Luz needs your help!

This June, our first Circle de Luz class will graduate from high school and begin pursuing their dreams.  For some, those dreams are clear: to become a physician’s assistant or graphic designer.  For others, the dreams are just coming into focus: a pastry chef? A musician? An entrepreneur?  But for each of them, this much […]

Plugging into community

Plugging into community

On Friday, I attended the Women + Girls Research Alliance Summit.   I am honored to be on the advisory council for the Alliance, and, every two years, after conducting empirical research around important issues impacting women and girls in Charlotte, the Alliance hosts a Summit to present the findings and to galvanize energy in the […]

Teaching truth

Teaching truth

There had always been hints of it.  But it was in the spring of my ninth grade year that I came to understand that the ideas some people had about what being a Latina might mean could actually impact my life. As my high school guidance counselor assessed me for the first time to get me […]

Friday Reflections

Friday Reflections

Friday Reflections is all about reflecting on the week by observing our senses.  My hope is that this will be a gentle, easy way to tune into how we are doing and what we are experiencing weekly when journaling in general can feel so daunting. Now, for this week’s Friday Reflections (with each sense as […]

Friday Reflections

Friday Reflections

Friday Reflections is all about reflecting on the week by observing our senses.  My hope is that this will be a gentle, easy way to tune into how we are doing and what we are experiencing weekly when journaling in general can feel so daunting. Now, for this week’s Friday Reflections (with each sense as […]