Navy’s Facebook Honoring Commander Debra Yniguez

The US Navy continued its program to honor diversity among our troops.  The Navy’s Facebook page for week of July 30, 2012 featured Commander Debra Yniguez, who began her career as a Student Naval Aerospace Physiologist in 1995. Yniguez is a Latina in a traditionally male field, and is now posted as Deputy Diversity Officer for the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, where she mentors aspiring Navy personnel.  Yniguez is recognized in the Navy’s “Beyond the Call” diversity campaign for making a positive impact in the communities where she serves.

Valentina Guerrero’s Supermodel Debute

With a flutter of her eyelashes and a giggle, supermodel Valentina Guerrero made her catwalk debut in Miami, Florida.  The then 10-month-old swimwear model, who has Downs syndrome, was selected as the representative model for DC Kids, a charming collection of children’s clothing. Please visit Valentina on her Facebook Page, and say Hello.

The Launch of the “Beyond the Call” Campaign

The US Navy honored the diversity of its forces with the launch of its “Beyond the Call” diversity campaign on July 18, 2012.  The campaign highlights servicemen and servicewomen who have extended themselves beyond the call of duty professionally and personally, and are making a positive impact in the communities where they serve. These Navy personnel are working to be “A Global Force for Good”.  Their stories are released biweekly on the US Navy Latino Facebook page. (Image from

Endorsement of Familia es Familia

Family is family and familia es familia – sometimes we all need to be reminded of this principle of the human heart.  On July 8, 2012, twenty-one of the US’ leading Hispanic organizations announced their endorsement of an unprecedented education campaign, “Familia es familia”.  The campaign’s mission is to build support within the Latino community for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, each and all of whom belong to a family.  The twenty-one prestigious organizations included the Dolores Huerta Foundation, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), MANA – A National Latina Organization, Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF) and National Council of La Raza (NCLR).  More information at

Opening of the Festival of Latin American Youth Theater

On July 6, 2012, the annual Festival of Latin American Youth Theater opened in Quito, Ecuador.  The Festival annually showcases young talent from Ecuador, Mexico and Colombia.  The program includes workshops for aspiring artists.