Welcome to the special issue of Lifting Up Latinx Identity!
We’re excited to feature content centered around the Latinx members of our community – including profiles, spoken word poetry, photography, and artwork.
Jessai Flores, illustration editor
A message from the editors
Welcome to the special issue of News celebrating Latinx Heritage Month! We’re excited to feature content centered around the Latinx members of our community – including profiles, spoken word poetry, photography, and artwork.
We hope you enjoy these pieces and share them with your wider communities. The work reflected in this special issue was produced by people both inside and outside the News, and we would like to give special thanks to the guest contributors who submitted content specifically for this issue: Zenaida Aguirre Gutierrez ’24, Anna Chamberlin ’26, Michelle Foley ’25, Kassie Navarrete ’25 and Luana Prado Oliveira Souza ’26.
As editors of this special issue, we would like to point out that this is the first time in recent institutional memory that the Yale Daily News has produced and printed a comprehensive special issue for Latinx Heritage Month. There are three main reasons for this – none of them adequate.
First, a historical lack of Latinx representation in the newsroom contributes to these perspectives often being left out of coverage. But it’s not the burden of people from marginalized backgrounds to be the only voices advocating for their communities – this coverage is long overdue, and it should happen whether or not the Latinx individuals in our newsroom decide to do it themselves.
Second, our Board of Directors has always been renewed in mid-September, right at the start of Latinx Heritage Month. The News has a history of pursuing initiatives related to diversity and inclusion if and when it suits the leadership. This is unacceptable and we are working to make changes.
And third, news as a whole has historically not had the infrastructure, the vision, or the dedicated effort to adequately cover marginalized groups, with the attention and care they deserve. As members of the News step into new leadership roles, we apologize. The News is committed to learning more, working harder and doing better to include more Latinx voices in our newspaper – both as part of our staff and in the content we produce.
We recognize that significant work remains to be done to appropriately elevate Latinx and represent Latinx voices. This issue is still not fully representative, as many Latinx identities and backgrounds are not included. Our coverage of these communities is not and will not be limited to this issue, and we intend to ensure that various communities are a constant part of our daily coverage.
Thank you to members of the news – including journalists, desktop editors, copy editors, production and design editors, audience editors, photographers, illustrators and management – who dedicated their time and effort in creating this issue.
And thank you, our audience, for your readership! Your comments are welcome – please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]or to contact us individually at the email addresses below.
Anika Seth ’25
Academic Journalist, Production and Design Editor and Co-Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at The News
Paloma Vigil ’25
Academic Staff Journalist and Sports Staff Journalist
Sophie Wang ’25
Science and Technology Editor and Co-Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at The News