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Film and Panel Discussion:  Wednesday April 21, 2010 in D-106. Film begins at 4:15 pm and panel discussion to follow.

Plan to attend a showing of Real Women Have Curves, the 2002 film starring America Ferrera as a young girl trying to balance her traditional culture and her ambitions and dreams. “The story focuses on Ana, a first generation Mexican-American teenager on the verge of becoming a woman. She lives in the predominately Latino community of East Los Angeles. Freshly graduated from high school, Ana receives a full scholarship to Columbia University. Her very traditional, old-world parents feel that now is the time for Ana to help provide for the family, not the time for college. Torn between her mainstream ambitions and her cultural heritage she agrees to work with her mother at her sister's downtown LA sewing factory. Over the summer she learns to admire the hardworking team of women who teach her solidarity and teamwork. Still at odds with what her mother expects of her, Ana realizes that leaving home to continue her education is essential to finding her place proudly in the world as an American and Chicana.” Written by smbuvideo

The Panel will consist of Mary Castellanos, Leticia Lopez-Jaurequi and Angelina Veyna.

Dr. Mary Castellanos is a Counselor at Santa Ana College and has been in Latina leadership both locally and at the state level. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Pathology, a Master of Science Degree in Counseling and a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Castellanos was also recognized for her work in creating the Latina Student Center at Santa Ana College in 1993 and has worked diligently in breaking down barriers to academic success for students, especially Latinas. She has provided a significant role in the professional development of the Counseling Department and has been honored with the Profiles in Excellence Faculty Development Award through the Academic Senate. She also received the Golden Apple Award from the Hispanic Education Endowment Fund and the Outstanding Hispanic Educator Award from LULAC. She has made an impact on student success and has touched the lives of hundreds of Latinas who might not otherwise have succeeded in college.

Ms. Leticia Lopez-Jaurequi graduated from Yale University in 1980, attended UCLA film school and co-produced documentaries for PBS in the eighties. She received an Emmy in 1987 for the production of "Asylum", a documentary about Salvadorean refugees. In 1992 she received a MA in Spanish and a TESOL certificate and has been working at SAC teaching Spanish since 1994. She is currently editing short stories focused on immigrant girls in the US.

Ms. Veyna teaches U.S. Women’s History, Mexican History, Mexican American History, and Mesoamerican History and says that history is her passion. She is a native of Anaheim and her dream is to write the history of Mexicans in Anaheim. She is a member of the Orange County Mexican American Historical Society. Ms. Veyna has her BA from UC Irvine, a Master’s from UCLA and has taken additional coursework at the University of New Mexico. She loves to travel and is hoping to one day go to Istanbul, Turkey. Her life objective is to pay tribute to Mexican/Mexican American women (and men) by documenting their history.

The House of Mango Street is a seminal work in Latina writing and in Hispanic Literature.