Imagination is the only key to the future. Without it none exists - with it all things are possible.

—Ida Tarbell
Project Blog:
Latina Voices
This new Web site will offer daily news and commentary by and for Latina women, covering such topics as immigration, health care, politics, education and culture. Project leader Teresa Puente, a journalism professor at Columbia College Chicago and member of the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board, said, “Much of what is out there for Latinas is basically fluff. Personally, I don’t care how J. Lo has decorated her nursery. Latina women want information that is deeper than that.” Follow her progress here.

Reaching Out

Monday, March 09, 2009

I have been busy posting columns, essays and stories at Latina Voices.

I am publishing four to five new posts a week. Some of the recent highlights include a column by the Guatemalan-American writer Stella Nichols called “The Forgotten Border.” It looks at how the Mexican government treats immigrants from Central America. Also, Lourdes Vazquez wrote “First-generation College Grad” about becoming the first in her family to graduate from college. She puts her own story into context, as only 7 percent of Hispanics in the United States have a bachelor’s degree.

Currently the bulk of our stories are written by Latina women in Chicago, where I work as a journalism professor at Columbia College. I am working to broaden our pool of writers. I recently published “Latin Time” by freelance columnist Marisella Veiga from Florida. I have been communicating with Latina writers in Arizona, Idaho, Georgia and Puerto Rico and look forward to publishing their work soon.  If you know any Latina writers, please encourage them to submit their work to me at

We also are busy expanding our video gallery, which you can link to through the site or go to directly at
I also am promoting our site on Twitter, so sign up to follow us by looking for my username, tcpuente. You also can find me on Facebook by searching for Teresa Puente and Columbia College.

Gracias! Teresa

   • Posted by Teresa Puente on 03/09 at 11:16 AM

Next entry: Thriving

Previous entry: Come visit us!

Who's Blogging

Teresa Puente

TERESA PUENTE has been a member of the full-time journalism faculty at Columbia College Chicago since the fall of 2006, and previously taught journalism and communications at a university in Guadalajara, Mexico.

You can e-mail her at

Click for full bio.

Visit Latina Voices