GTL Newsletter #20

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Hopefully this was a September to remember! Let’s welcome Fall~

GTL General Updates

This Week –
  • BOOK CLUB this Thursday!! More details below.
  • Our Linkers are working hard creating curricula and lesson plans for multiple Learner sessions. Proud of you all!
  • Mental Health Awareness – a new GTL initiative. Linkers Annie and Rebecca are passionate about mental health and are in the beginning stages of creating a space and dialogue for all things relating to mental health.
  • Look out for the GTL Membership system we’ll be introducing soon!
  • The GTL Newsletter is looking for submissions!!
    • Send in blog posts, activities you’re involved in, poetry, art, interesting articles, cool opportunities; etc. Reply to this email with your ideas.  
  • LEARNERS—We’d love to hear from you about your experience with any GTL services you’ve been a part of! Respond to this email with anything you’d like to share ?
  • Monthly GTL Community Events — keep a lookout for monthly programming and events for Learners, Linkers, and the greater GTL community!!
    • Have suggestions or ideas about events you’d like to see? Let us know by responding to this email. 

Last Week – 

  • Video Game Club had another event last Friday. If you missed it, no worries! We will have more events soon! In the meantime, respond to this email and let us know what games you want to play.
  • New Linkers were interviewed and we will share more info about them soon!
  • Linker Kudana completed a curriculum plan for one of our Learners and conducted a new Learner interview.
  • Linker Zhengyang continued his work to create a wonderful GTL website homepage video.
  • Linker Nhi rehauled our GTL Slide Deck, great work!

GTL Service Highlight

Global Prep — World Language

Interested in learning Chinese, Spanish, or English? GTL’s World Language service offers one-on-one tutoring sessions focused on developing your multilingual confidence through natural conversations and native speakers!

Every day is an opportunity to grow in a new way so let’s embark on a language learning journey together!

Click on the picture or the hyperlink for more information! 

GTL Blog Spotlight

Mentorship: The Advantages, Importance and Value by Samantha Radovich 

Mentorship allows for us to have a partner that provides guidance and support in our academic and professional growth. 

Mentorship is a mutually beneficial relationship that takes initiative and commitment but should be fun and engaging. Even the most successful people have mentors. Billionaires like Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, and Sheryl Sandberg credit success to mentorship. Richard Branson famously states that “If you ask any successful businessperson, they will always [say they] have had a great mentor at some point along the road.”

GTL Announcements


The last book club was a blast, so get ready for our second one! We will be discussing and reflecting on Trevor Noah’s award-winning autobiography, Born a Crime!

Don’t worry if you haven’t finished reading or haven’t even started, the GTL Team will keep things interesting for everyone.

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GTL’s Mental Health Initiative Presents:

Coming soon this October ~

September has gone by fast! For a lot of us, we’ve also been back at school with hanging our friends, doing extracurricular activities, playing sports, and going to classes.

This time of transition is a great way of checking in as a GTL Community and reflecting on how the semester is going academically, socially, and overall on our own personal and individual levels. That’s why this October, GTL will be hosting a Back-to-School Event!

In order to get to know you all even better, and especially in terms of your unique mental health needs, we would love to hear your voices in a short, anonymous survey.

Hispanic Heritage Month

In honor of this month, we wanted to highlight historical figures of Hispanic descent as well as key historical events to honor the rich cultures and diverse communities of Hispanic peoples.

Feminism and Hispanic Heritage Month
by Hunton Warren


Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15th-October 15th, is celebrated annually to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic Americans. Hispanic Heritage month initially was just a week and was started in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson. The week was expanded to a month by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. The month starts on September 15th because it is the anniversary of independence for many Latin American countries including El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.

Furthermore, Chile and Mexico’s independence day is celebrated just one day later on September 16th. This month is an important time to recognize important Hispanic leaders and how the Latino population in the U.S. is making positive contributions to the country.

It is important to especially recognize Latina women as they have had such a positive impact on feminism, and U.S. politics. Sor Juana Inês de la Cruz was a 17th-century, Mexican-born Feminist writer. She was considered a pioneer of women’s rights in a time where gender equality and feminism were not understood concepts. Her most famous work is named “Respuesta a Sor Filotea” which discussed that women deserve a right to education. Sor Juana Inês de la Cruz has paved the way for women, particularly Latinas, in showing that it is important to discuss important and difficult topics, even if they are not commonly understood.

Today in the United States we have many important Latina women working in the government including Sonia Sotomayor, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Catherine Cortez Masto. Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic and third woman to hold the position of justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. Sotomayor is known for her call to reform the criminal justice system and her opinions regarding issues like sexism, racism, and ethnic identity.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest congresswoman in United States history, is known for her progressive platform on which she discusses gender equality, abolishing I.C.E, proposing a Green New Deal to help combat climate change, and poverty. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not afraid to question problematic systems that have been in place for many years and to call out racist and sexist comments made by politicians and others.

Catherina Cortez Masto is a politician and lawyer serving as the United States senator of Nevada. She is well known as an advocate for women, seniors, and children. She is also working to pass legislation to strengthen women’s health care.

It is evident that representation, particularly in places like the government where many decisions are being made daily, is very important. It is inspiring to see these Latina women work towards what is right. While the U.S. government still has a long way to becoming more diverse and inclusive, it is important to recognize how much Latinos, particularly Hispanic Women, are positively impacting American politics during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Any comments, questions, or concerns?
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