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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.

 Recognize the Signs of Domestic Violence  

 You can end domestic violence in your community by becoming familiar with the signs of abuse. Think you know what to look for? There's a lot more to domestic violence than a black eye - most signs are subtle and have nothing to do with physical scars and bruises.  The National Domestic Violence Hotline has an excellent resource to help you learn the signs so that you can help victims. 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!

 Fall 2015 Domestic Violence Training Course

Interested in becoming a Domestic Violence Advocate or working with victims of domestic violence and their children?  The State of California requires completion of a 40-hour training course. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited.  You can learn more and register 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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