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FROM SPORTS JOURNALIST TO PROGRAMS COORDINATOR AND ACTIVIST My friend Vanessa Santillan and I first met in a Spanish Heritage class during our freshman year. We both professed our love for sports journalism and aspired to be board members of AWSM (Association for Women in Sports Media). It seemed as though we were both going to change the game of sports writing with a little diversity. Santillan, now a junior, wants to diversify a different place—an entire campus. “I want to become a programs coordinator within a high school, but I [also] want to get my PhD in creative writing in Spanish” said Santillan. She wants to be involved in the community as much as possible because of what she feels is a lack of space and importance given by society to groups who seek services inside of The Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE). Santillan currently works three jobs, which include the UO card office, Dux Bistro, and being the program coordinator for IMPACT (Intercultural Mentoring Program Advancing Community Ties)—and these are only paid positions. She is also involved in MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán) and is currently serving her last term on the board of AWSM, all while going to school full time. Her involvement in those student programs influenced her to move away from sports journalism and toward a job helping a community.

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To continue the Siren's mission of publishing an accessible and intersectional feminist magazine, THE INTERSECTIONS ISSUE gives contributors...

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