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National Compadres Network Works to Reconnect Students to Indigenous Roots

The National Compadres Network (NCN) facilitated a discussion sponsored by the SJCC Chicana/o Studies and Ethnic Studies Department about the importance of reconnecting Latinx students to their indigenous roots. The main speaker was Mario Ozuna-Sanchez, Circle Keeper and Senior Manager of Training and Capacity Building, who presented on “Healing Inter-Generational Trauma.” About 100 students attended the Latinx Heritage Month event.  

Out of this presentation SJCC Professor Juan Gamboa is inviting students to join circles at SJCC. He will be facilitating the El Joven Noble: Young Men’s Circle with NCN, with dates and times TBA . Anyone interested can contact juan.gamboa@sjcc.edu.  

Beginning on October 11th, the Xinachtli, Young Women’s Circle will be held every Friday from 10 am to 11 am in GE 105 with Jackie Gamboa, jacqueline.gamboa@sjcc.edu

The mission of the National Compadres Network is to strengthen and re-root the capacity of individuals, families and communities to honor, re-balance, and redevelop the authentic identity, values, traditions and indigenous practices of Chicano, Latino, Native, Raza and other communities of color as the path to the honoring of all their relations and life long well being.