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Episode 18: Cuarentena Life

Hola Gente! We missed you all! This Pandemic has us all going through it. This episode is dedicated to all of you, our listeners. In this episode, we catch up and get real about life during a pandemic. We are all adjusting to life in quarantine (cuarentena), and this episode is more of a chit chat where we bring on all the validation and healing vibes. We appreciate you all for the love and support you have shown us throughout the podcast. You are not alone in this struggle. We see you, and we are in this together.  Grab a snack, snag your seat, and get ready to chat with us.

Much love,

Nopal Kweenz

Episodio 17: Racismo, Privilegio, y Anti-Negritud en la comunidad Latinx

Nopal Kweenz Episode 17 is here. We dedicate this episode to our Spanish Speaking Latinx gente! Grab your tias, tios, Abuelos, Primos, primas, Madres y padres. You do not want them to miss out on the Nopal Kweenz Spanish episode!

We have two fantastic guest speakers, LaToya Jackson-Laínez and Norma Mendoza. LaToya Jackson-Laínez identifies herself as an Afro-Latina (her mother being Mexican and her father African-American). LaToya is Director of Human Resources with a focus on issues of equality and inclusion for communities of color and is also a professor of Communications.

Norma Mendoza is a public policy and administration professional. She currently works as a policy analyst regarding the care of foster youth in California.  Her experience and interests encompass immigrant rights issues, racial justice and environmental sustainability, and education policy. 

Together, They will lead us in a conversation about Racism, White Privilege, and Anti blackness in the Latino Community!  This episode is raw and authentic. We throw in some Spanglish; we struggle to find the words to express ourselves, but here we are.  We hope this episode will inspire you to bring these conversations into your homes. Change starts with all of us. We can no longer remain silent as our Black Brothers, and Sisters' lives are taken. This fight is our fight too!

Nopal Kweenz Episode 17 ya está aquí. Dedicamos este episodio a los miembros de la comunidad que hablan español. Agarra tus tías, tíos, Abuelos, Primos, primas, Madres y padres. ¡No dejes que se pierdan el episodio en español de Nopal Kweenz!

Tenemos dos oradores invitados fantásticos, LaToya Jackson-Laínez y Norma Mendoza. LaToya Jackson-Laínez se identifica como una Afro-Latina (su madre siendo Mexicana y su padre Afro-Americano). LaToya es Directora de Recursos Humanos con un enfoque en temas de igualdad e inclusión para comunidades de gente de color, y también es profesora de Comunicaciones

Norma Mendoza es una profesional en administración y políticas públicas. Actualmente trabaja como analista de políticas con respecto al cuidado de jóvenes de crianza temporal en California. Sus intereses y experiencia incluyen temas sobre derechos de los inmigrantes, justicia racial y sostenibilidad ambiental, y políticas educativas.

¡Juntas Nos guiarán en una conversación sobre el racismo, el privilegio de ser blanco y la lucha contra la Anti-negritud en la comunidad Latinx! Este episodio es crudo y auténtico. Agregamos algo de spanglish; luchamos por encontrar las palabras para expresarnos, pero aquí estamos. Esperamos que este episodio los inspire a llevar estas conversaciones a sus hogares. El cambio comienza con todos nosotros. Cuando una comunidad sufre, todos sufrimos. Ya no podemos permanecer en silencio mientras nuestra comunidad negra sufre a manos de la supremacía blanca. ¡Esta pelea es nuestra pelea también!

Episode 16: Si Se Puede: Celebrating the Class of 2020

In this episode, Nopal Kweenz celebrate the graduating class of 2020 with a special focus on the mental health impact that the COVID-19 crisis has had on graduating seniors. From K-12 to Universities, graduates from all over are grieving the loss of their last months of school. For the Latinx community, graduation symbolizes a family's strength, resilience, and promise for a better tomorrow. Losing this tradition has been devastating for some of our gente. We explore these feelings, highlight and lift up our seniors, honor their hard work, and offer ways to cope through this time. Graduates and their loved ones don't want to miss out on this very special episode! ¡Felicidades!

Episode 15: Coping Through National Crisis

Hola Communidad! Episode 15 is here and we are dropping it Quarantine Style! Like all of you, Nopal Kweenz are staying in our casitas and doing our part to keep ourselves and others safe. This episode is all about learning how to Cope Through a National Crisis. We decided to create space for this conversation because we are all impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, we honor the genuine feelings that people are experiencing, discuss how stress shows up in our bodies, and share how to take care of ourselves when things are uncertain. You all need to know... We are in this together!


Here are some Mental Health Websites and Hotlines to check out:


The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 800-273-TALK (8255) 

Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741-741 

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Line - 800-985-5990

The National Domestic Violence Hotline - 800-799-SAFE (7233)

The National Sexual Assault Hotline - 800-656-HOPE (4673)

Episode 14: There Is No Right Way To Be Latina, Latino, Or Latinx

In this episode, the Nopal Kweenz explore the many layers of Latinidad from a holistic lens. We get into the racial identity model, acculturation, and hear from listeners about their own experiences defining Latinidad. We explore the impact it has on how we build identity as Latinx individuals living in the United States and how this ties into our mental health. Our intention for this episode is to provide rich dialogue so that you walk away feeling validated and free to identify however you want! After all, there's no right way to be Latina, Latino, or Latinx. Do you, boo!

Episode 13: Thriving and Surviving the Holidays

We are ending the year with 13 episodes in the books! Thank you all for the love and support. We have had a great year and truly enjoyed producing episodes for you all. To wrap it up we are ending the year with a fun episode focused on how to Thrive during the holiday season. We share some of our favorite memories, we honor our loved ones and we create a space to talk about mental health during this time. Grab a snack, some headphones o ponte el seatbelt this one is a fun one yall!

Episode 12: Life and Loss - Celebrating and Grieving Our Loved Ones

In this capítulo, we honor life and talk about the ways that we celebrate our loved ones who have passed away, from our perspectives in Salvadorian and Mexican culture. We share some personal stories about our experiences with life and loss, as well as discuss bereavement and the stages of grief.

Episode 11: Hot Mess Summer

Hola Gente,

We are officially back! We are bringing you our 11th episode and we are so excited to share it with all of you! If you are curious as to why we have been MIA, then you don't want to miss out on this episode. In this episode, we get raw and real about the transitions we have been going through as a team. This episode is genuine and real. It is essential for all of you, our listeners, to know that we are human and just like you, and we go through heavy stuff too. It was not easy to be vulnerable, but we felt that you all deserved to see this part of us. We hope you all enjoy this episode!

Con mucho Amor,

Nopal Kweenz

Episode 10: Listener Questions

Can you believe it! We made it to episode 10! Nopal Kweenz would like to thank all of our listeners for the love and support that you have shown us this far. To show you all a token of our gratitude we have chosen to dedicate this episode to you! Tune in to hear us answer some of the questions that you all submitted. This was a super fun episode. We definitely enjoyed reading and answering your questions! Thank you all for participating.

 Con mucho amor,

 Nopal Kweenz

Episode 9: Let’s Get Real about ACE’s and PTSD

What are ACE’s? Adverse Childhood Experiences are events or circumstances that are present in the first 18 years of life such as abuse, neglect, and household challenges. ACE’s can have a significant impact on future outcomes of health, violence, victimization, and traumatization. In this episode, Nopal Kweenz provide insight into the ACE’s study that was done by Kaiser, the potential impact that ACE’s can have on our Latinx community, as well as take a deeper dive into PTSD, which is one of the potential negative outcomes of having adverse childhood experiences. Knowledge is power gente! Nopal Kweenz are here to educate our gente and put you up on some important game about ACE’s and PTSD!

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