Juanita Ruiz, 99, wasn’t nervous about getting jabbed with a needle to protect her from COVID-19 as long as her son, Jose Garcia, was close by. “My mother will turn 100 in June,” Garcia said. “When my wife told me there was going to be this first-come, first-served vaccine clinic, I got mom over here… [Read More]
Dulce Leyva is a bilingual contact tracer who lives in Reno, Nevada. Her job is to reach out to people who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and make sure they’re self-isolating. And she tries to help them remember who they’ve been around and could have been exposed to the virus. “People who are… [Read More]
September 15 kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month. What should normally be a joyous month filled with festivities has been marred by COVID-19 and the somber fact that the virus has disproportionately affected Latinos in Nevada (and elsewhere). Latinos now account for 45 percent of COVID-19 cases in the Silver State. Additionally, Latinos in Nevada have been economically… [Read More]
Early on in the pandemic, many called COVID-19 a great equalizer, a virus that affects rich and poor, white, Black and brown people alike. New realities have come to light suggesting that while anyone might be infected, based on race, class and in certain cases, gender, the outcome of the disease will be vastly different. … [Read More]
Nevada’s army of essential workers have not only kept the wheels of daily life going for all Nevadans, they’ve helped the state maintain the look and feel of normalcyduring a global pandemic and an historic budget shortfall in the state. They are the staff in grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies. They work in janitorial services,… [Read More]
Latino essential workers continued to work as COVID-19 spread through their communities, a factor contributing to the current disproportionate rates of infection of COVID-19 and deaths caused by the virus among the population across the state. In response, Latino leaders at the state and local level have mobilized to ensure the community receives the aid… [Read More]
Harsh criticism from the Latinx community has befallen the recently published novel “American Dirt” for its controversial portrayal of the immigrant experience. Los Angeles Times writer Esmeralda Bermudez called author Jeanine Cummins’ fourth book a “cheap-thrill narconovela.” It follow the story of a middle-class mother with “a small fortune,” who leaves Mexico because her journalist… [Read More]
KUNR’s bilingual student reporter Andrew Mendez has been looking into the unique obstacles Latinx students may face when they enter college. Along with reporting on the hurdles, he’s been researching potential solutions on the local level. He joined our news director Michelle Billman to share his findings.
As an effort to increase and sustain diversity, the University of Nevada, Reno has added two new dorm wings this school year, specifically for Latinx and LGBTQ+ students. Latinx is a gender neutral term for describing Latinos. KUNR’s Andrew Mendez has this report.
Approximately 38.5 percent of Spanish-speakers in Washoe County speak very little English, which raises concerns on the lack of Spanish-speaking healthcare workers in the area.