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                                              Dr. Jessica Vasquez investigates racial identity and assimilation in

                                              three-generation Mexican American families living in California






Join the YWCA Monterey County as we welcome Dr. Jessica M. Vasquez (University of Oregon), author of Mexican Americans Across Generations: Immigrant Families, Racial Realities. Performing Arts Center, Hartnell College, 411 Central Avenue, Salinas. October 8th, 2015, 6:00 – 7:30 PM.

While newly arrived immigrants are often the focus of public concern and debate, many Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans have resided in the United States for generations. Latinos are the largest and fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, and their racial identities change with each generation.

In Mexican Americans Across Generations, Dr. Vasquez investigates racial identity and assimilation in three-generation Mexican American families living in California. Through rich interviews with three generations of middle class Mexican American families, Vasquez focuses on the family as a key site for racial and gender identity formation, knowledge transmission, and incorporation processes, exploring how the racial identities of Mexican Americans both change and persist generationally in families. 

For more information about the speakers in the 2015 Courageous Conversations Racial Justice Speaker Series, click here.  To become a valued and highly-visible sponsor of an upcoming Courageous Conversation event, click here.

 We Vow to Keep Families & Beloved Pets Together

Pets aren't immune to domestic violence.  Abusers often threaten, injure or kill their partners' or children's pets as a means of control or revenge.  When a woman decides to flee a violent relationship, she'll be able to take her pet to our shelter.  This is our dream - we need your help to make it a reality.  Learn more here. To watch our PSA, click here

 Make a Difference - Join Our Counseling Team  


The YWCA is recruiting bilingual (Spanish) marriage and family therapy interns and associate social workers to provide counseling to individuals who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence or abuse.  Our counseling positions are unique opportunities for pre-licensed  therapists to gain excellent clinical experience while receiving paid supervision toward licensure. Learn more here.

How Can YOU Help Our New Emergency Shelter?



Caring people in our community are always asking us, How can I help the YWCA's new emergency shelter? What items are most in need?  If you would like to purchase new or donate gently used and loved items for our new emergency shelter for abused women and children (and very soon... beloved pets, too!), we've compiled a list of items that would be much appreciated and put to loving use while families recover in the wake of violence.  To review the list of appreciated items, click here


Dr. Toby Jenkins-Henry Discusses Racial Tension Dividing America

The YWCA Monterey County announces the third installment in its four-part racial justice speaker series, Courageous Conversations. Dr. Toby Jenkins-Henry, Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii Manoa and author of My Culture, My Color, My Self: Heritage, Resilience and Community in the Lives of Young Adults.  Join us on Thursday, July 9th from 6:00 - 7:30 PM at Monterey Peninsula College, Lecture Forum 103, 980 Fremont Street, Monterey. Learn more here!   


Put Your Passion Into Action as a Board Member!

We're recruiting board members to serve a two-year term! Board service is a great way to make an impact in our community. We strive for inclusiveness and diversity in gender, age, background, skills, and talents, but your passion for serving survivors of domestic violence is critical. Contact Cheryl McCormick, Executive Director, at or click here to learn more. 

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