Let’s begin with the facts! First, the Latino Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the U.S. is $2.6 trillion which ranks 8th largest in the world, higher than that of Brazil, South Korea, and Italy.

In 1989, Congress passed Public Law 101-112, officially designating October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Such legislation has been passed each subsequent year. Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the “Day of Unity” first held in October 1981 and was conceived by …

I am honored to serve Southeast Colorado Springs as the superintendent in Harrison School District Two. Our district announced our new strategic plan, The Journey Forward, in May 2021. The plan focuses on classroom, culture and community, and strives to create an environment that values all …

As we reach the end of summer and students have settled back into a rhythm at school, I want to boast of the strides made by our Southeast youth and our entire community, especially after a trying year and a half. As a former science teacher at Carmel Middle School, and still an occasional s…

Recently, I was given the opportunity to speak on a panel for the Southeast Express to discuss education and the future for our youth in Colorado Springs. During the panel, we shared our thoughts regarding the impact of COVID-19 in education and what the future would be. 

The city of Colorado Springs will be celebrating its sesquicentennial anniversary at the end of July. It is important to acknowledge that the land on which the City of Colorado Springs stands is the homeland and unceded historic territory of many Indigenous Nations.

Man, sometimes journalism is an arduous gig. We read and write gut-wrenching stories that occasionally test our mental fortitude. A college professor warned our class that we would someday know the victim involved in a tragic event. At the time, I didn’t heed her warning.I was a stubborn sop…

On April 23, 1635, the first public school in the United States was established in Boston. It was a boys only public school with the intention of preparing each student for college. In 1837, Horace Mann, secretary of education, shared the vision to create a system of professional teachers wh…

I believe I am a strong, resilient, kind-hearted black woman rising with humility with many talents, experiences and a journey that has built me to be humble. If you are like me, your story is a gift: a tale of the human condition, with an ability to survive and continue. 

Last week, Colorado Springs City Council decided El Paso County Public Health's board didn’t need representation from women of color, opting to replace Councilwoman Yolanda Avila, who is Latina, with a white man. It’s almost as if there haven’t been yearlong discussions about equity all arou…

United States Latinos are driving our country’s economic growth and most Americans don’t know that. Unfortunately, city, state and federal agencies are making decisions based on misperceptions and not data.

I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve this community as your city councilor for the next four years. I am dedicated to continuing the incredible momentum on improving transit, roads, sidewalks, ADA ramps, and bridges. I look forward to the groundbreaking at Panorama Park on Saturday…

Some of the greatest moments I have experienced have been inviting people into my story and inviting them to share theirs with me. It inspires me to strive for inclusivity, inviting everyone to share common experiences and community — despite all our differences. This is a hope and dream I h…

We’ve all endured the Valentine’s weekend freeze. Thanks to Colorado Springs Utilities, there were no blackouts as there were in numerous cities across the country. There is so much to look forward to as springtime approaches. Let’s take a peek into our future.

Hey Hey, Howdy and Hello! This is Victoria Stone coming to you “live” on paper from the fabulous and historic Hillside neighborhood. I have been a Colorado Springs resident since 1996 and my family and I moved into the Hillside neighborhood in 2005. It has been amazing to see all the changes…

According to Reference USA, there are 2,050 businesses in ZIP codes 80910 and 80916. Of those, women own 694, or 34 percent. I would venture to say that most of those are minority women business owners. 

If you are like me, at times Black people have felt forgotten and unseen. May this shared experience bring us together — as we can do more together than apart. 

I can’t help but think about how many of our colors have been dulled by others’ oppression. Dreams that have died inside us and visions that we have lost sight of. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of a world as it should be is still very possible, but it will only become reality if al…

Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now. Look around, look around. Those sweet and optimistic lyrics Eliza sings in the famous Broadway play Hamilton seem so fitting for the time we’re all living in right now.

In the movie Coach Carter, the coach is sent to a school where the student athletes are underperforming academically, which affects their eligibility for the basketball team. Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Coach Carter, is tasked to turn the players around. It’s not easy to do — the community …