The Monthly Climb Newsletter
SLOPE is dedicated to educating A&M students about current news within our four pillars: racial equality, gender equality, disability equality, and LGBTQ+ equality.
Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage month actually started off as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968. This week was introduced at the peak of the Civil Rights movement when the United States was experiencing an increase in the awareness of the multicultural identities that the country held. The week was extended to a month in 1988 when the bill was passed and signed by Ronald Reagan. With this, the first National Hispanic Heritage Month began on September 15th, 1989, under the new president George H.W. Bush.
Hispanic Heritage Month starts annually on September 15th which coincides with 5 Latin American Independence Days, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Additionally, the independence day’s for Mexico, Chile, and Belize fall within the month on September 16th, 18th, and 21st, respectively. It is a time to celebrate, and be celebrated for having such a rich and amazing culture and history.
Here at Texas A&M there are several Hispanic and Latin organizations that are putting together events across campus to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. Here is the link to the Hispanic President’ Councils website to see the events you can attend! https://hpctamu.wixsite.com/hpctamu/hhm
Frozen Off the Presses
Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, and
Aly Raisman testified at the senate
oversight hearing of the FBI’s handling
of the case of Larry Nassar’s sexual assault.
Beth Robinson became the first LGBTQ+
woman nominated to the federal circuit court.
Department of Justice supports Disability advocacy group to sue Gov. Greg Abbott
Texas Families who have children with disabilities are currently challenging Gov. Greg Abbott about his ban on mask mandates.
The U.S Department of Justice filed a formal statement in support of the advocacy group Disability Rights Texas. The group believes that removing the mask mandate in public schools keeps disabled children from accessing in-person classes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Disability Rights Texas’ lawsuit states that this decision by Gov Abbott violates the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. This act forbids organizations and employers from excluding and denying individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to receive program benefits and services. The trial began on Wednesday October 6th. We will continue to keep up with the results of this trial.