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Attorney General Forms Hate Crime Task Force

The task force will study hate-motivated crimes and review existing legal protections for victims ...

Portland Art Museum Celebrates Art Museum Day with Free Admission on May 25

Portland Art Museum joins art museums across North America, with great works of art and public programs ...

June Key Delta Community Center Hosts May Week ’18 Health Fair May 26

Event includes vision, glucose screenings, medication disposal and car seat installation ...

Mississippi Avenue Giving Tuesday

On Tuesday, May 22, 10 percent of proceeds from participating Mississippi Ave. businesses will go to SEI ...

Amazon: Echo device sent conversation to family's contact

SEATTLE (AP) — An "unlikely" string of events prompted Amazon's Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle, the company said Thursday.The woman told KIRO-TV that two weeks ago an...

Portland streetcar derails in crash; 1 injury

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland streetcar derailed during an accident involving several vehicles.No major injuries have been reported, but police say one person was taken to a hospital.The crash happened early Thursday afternoon in the Central Eastside Industrial District.The streetcar's "B...

Suspect in 1986 Washington murder case pleads not guilty

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A man arrested in the killing of a 13-year-old Tacoma, Washington girl over three decades ago has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.The News Tribune reports 60-year-old Robert Washburn pleaded not guilty Thursday in Tacoma, Washington, to murder with aggravated...

Amazon: Echo device sent conversation to family's contact

SEATTLE (AP) — An "unlikely" string of events prompted Amazon's Echo personal assistant device to record a Portland, Oregon, family's private conversation and then send the recording to an acquaintance in Seattle, the company said Thursday.The woman told KIRO-TV that two weeks ago an...


Racism After Graduation May Just Be What's on the Menu

Dr. Julianne Malveaux says that for our young millennials, racism is inevitable ...

Prime Minister Netanyahu Shows Limits of Israel’s Democracy

Bill Fletcher, Jr. on racial politics in Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s uneven treatment of African immigrants ...

Golfing While Black Is Not a Crime

Grandview Golf Club asks five Black women to leave for golfing too slow ...

Discovering the Best of Black America in 2018

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis discusses the DTU Journalism Fellowship & Scholarship Program ...


Staley settles lawsuit against Missouri athletic director

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley has reached a ,000 settlement in her lawsuit against Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk.Missouri is paying the ,000. One half of the settlement will go to INNERSOLE, a nonprofit foundation co-founded by Staley. The other half will...

San Francisco police not charged in black man's 2015 killing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco prosecutors said Thursday that they will not charge officers in two shooting deaths, including the killing of a black man that led to citywide protests three years ago and federally recommended police reforms.District Attorney George Gascon declined to...

Body camera video is latest setback for Milwaukee police

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Body camera video showing police using a stun gun on an NBA player over a parking violation is just the latest setback for efforts to improve relations between Milwaukee officers and the city's black population.The confrontation involving Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee...


Scenes cut from 'Show Dogs' over resemblance to sexual abuse

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two scenes are being cut from the family movie "Show Dogs" after complaints that they resemble real-life sexual abuse, the movie's distributor has announced.In the movie, a police dog goes undercover at a dog show to catch animal smugglers.In one scene, the dog is told to...

Tommy Chong reflects on pot's evolution as he turns 80

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yeah man, Tommy Chong says he always knew he'd live to see the day marijuana legalization would be sweeping America.He knew when he and partner Cheech Marin pioneered stoner comedy 50 years ago, a time when taunting the establishment with constant reminders that they...

Paltrow: Brad Pitt threatened Harvey Weinstein

NEW YORK (AP) — Gwyneth Paltrow says ex-boyfriend Brad Pitt threatened producer Harvey Weinstein after an alleged incident of sexual misconduct.The 45-year-old actress told "The Howard Stern Show" on Wednesday she was "blindsided." Paltrow claimed she was 22 when Weinstein placed his hands...


MLB panel says baseballs getting extra lift, cause unknown

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseballs really have been getting extra lift since 2015, and it's not from the exaggerated...

Tommy Chong reflects on pot's evolution as he turns 80

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yeah man, Tommy Chong says he always knew he'd live to see the day marijuana...

Bus driver charged in crash that killed student, teacher

A school bus driver with a history of driver's license suspensions caused a fatal crash on a New Jersey highway...

Israel defense chief plans 2,500 new West Bank settler homes

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's defense minister said Thursday he will seek approval next week to fast-track...

Cyclone Mekunu pounds Yemen island on its path to Oman

SALALAH, Oman (AP) — Cyclone Mekunu roared over the Yemeni island of Socotra in the Arabian Sea on its way...

Saudi Arabia releases 3 women as other activists still held

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi authorities have released three prominent women's rights...

Claudia Monroy and Hawi Hussen
By Arashi Young | The Skanner News

Even though Claudia Monroy was born and raised in Portland, her childhood experience has been anything but typical. Monroy’s parents emigrated from Tepic Nayarit, Mexico and she describes herself as a shy child who struggled with being a first generation Latina woman.

This summer she was chosen for Bank of America’s student leaders program. The internship seeks out community-minded high school students and helps develop their leadership skills through an internship and a leadership summit in Washington DC.

Monroy is also best friends with Hawi Hussen, another student leader (profiled by The Skanner News last week). We spoke with Monroy about her life, the internship and her future plans.


The Skanner News: How did you use your interest in the arts during your internship?

Claudia Monroy: Coming into the Boys and Girls Club for my internship, I didn’t think there was a place where I could utilize my artistic abilities. I was proven wrong when, in the marketing department, I realized that there were multiple ways creativity was needed.

Coming up with different strategies to promote the Boys and Girls Club’s brand took a lot of work. I was able to tag along in the summer programs and document their mission at its core, filming and editing a series of videos of children benefiting from the service they were providing.


TSN:  What did you enjoy about interning with the Boys and Girls Club?

CM: I remember growing up next to a Boys and Girls Club, but never really bothered to step foot in it. I thought that I was alone in my struggle to better myself as a first generation Latina student.  All along there were people who actually cared for my future and many futures like mine and I believe if I would have gone there, I would’ve had more opportunities.

Even as an adult interning for them, I felt the support and care they exerted as they worked endlessly, providing a platform where all youth could achieve their goals and rise. I really enjoyed being surrounded by people who are passionate about making a difference in our community.


TSN: In your opinion, how does art help to change the world?

CM: What a lot of people don’t realize is that art is all around us. It’s in the way we talk, the way we write, how we dance and draw; it is how we express our inner selves and identity. Being able to convey your story or message in artistic mediums is just another way of showing the world your beautiful voice.

There is nothing more dangerous than being silenced and it is in utilizing the craft of art as a tool for communicating and learning about the wrongs and the beauty of our society that will make the world a better place.


TSN: What did you learn from the Washington D.C. Leadership Summit?

CM: The beautiful sights and historic landmarks were only part of the reason I enjoyed the Bank of America Washington D.C. leadership summit. Everyday there was something new to learn and to connect with. I was made aware of the gravity of social issues like gun control, health care accessibility and education, to name a few.

The most valuable things I learned were from the students themselves. This proves that as a force we can collectively use our stories and different perspectives to lead the next generation into the impossible future we always dreamed of.


TSN: What does the future hold for you?

CM: I haven’t met anyone whose life turned out just the way they planned it to be. My path isn’t so clear myself, but I am figuring it out day by day. However, there are some things that I know are certain: I want to defy all Latino stereotypes holding many of us back, and be a role model that people with my similar background can look up to.

In whatever career field I end up choosing, I want to make my work be worth the time and effort I put into it. I don’t want to be famous and I don’t want to be immortal, I just want to make the world better than when I came into it in my little contribution to life.

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