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Culturas contributions: Meet our staff

Culturas prides itself on offering a wide selection of multicultural and intersection news coverage. Here are a few of the writers who have written for us.

This week Culturas is featuring nine of their superb contributors. The following article contains the first four. 

Aarohi Sheth – she/her – Taurus – Editorial Intern at Culturas

Cultural Identity: 

Indian American 

Hometown:

Houston, TX

Favorite Food:

Any Gujarati food that my grandma makes

Favorite Movie/TV show:

Nocturnal Animals

Why did you begin writing? 

I used to write songs and poems when I was really little, but got “serious” about writing in fourth grade.

Beats – 

I love to write about anything involving culture and identity. I just like using my writing to get to know the innermost parts of myself and others!

A story to read by Aarohi

I Went Against My Family’s Wants and I’m Happier Than Ever

Pauline Woodley – she/her – Taurus – Buzzfeed News Intern & Contributing writing for Culturas

Cultural Identity: 

AfroLatina

Hometown:

Diamond Bar, CA

Favorite Food:

Chilli cheese fries!

Favorite Movie/TV show:

Halloween (1978)

Why did you begin writing? 

Writing has always been my outlet. For as long as I can remember, writing and releasing my thoughts onto paper felt like therapy. Stringing words together is my preferred art form and I consider it a blessing to be able to study and pursue this career. .

Beats – 

Entertainment and culture reporting. I love to write about the entire entertainment industry as it pertains to race, class and politics!

A story to read by Pauline – 

Navigating identity: My discovery of ‘Afro-Latinx’

Kirsten Hernandez – she/her – Gemini – Grad Student in Linguistics

Cultural Identity: 

Mexican-American, hard of hearing

Hometown:

San Diego, CA

Favorite Food:

Nachos or anything with too many carbs! 

Favorite Movie/TV show:

The Wire, The West Wing and if feeling silly, Parks & Recreation

Why did you begin writing? 

I started writing because as a child I was always criticized for being “mouthy” (read: opinionated) and eventually I learned I wanted a way to share my viewpoints with the world. 

Beats – 

Pop culture, Deaf culture, disability issues, and how language influences our ideas on race and gender.  

A story to read by Kirsten

In Defense of Pete Davidson

Estefanía Mitre – she/her/ella – Cancer – Freelance Journalist

Cultural Identity: 

Mexican

Hometown:

Juarez, México

Favorite Food:

Sushi, Poke, Sopes and Quesadillas

Favorite Movie/TV show:

Amélie, One Day, Grace and Frankie and Kill Bill I & II

Why did you begin writing? 

It started as a way to express my feelings when I was a toddler. I always liked to create stories and make them come to life. My mom used to hide me in her office —as she didn’t have anyone to babysit me—and she would give me books, pencils, and a notebook so I could stay quiet and her boss won’t call her out. Each time I finished a book, I wrote my version or a twist to the story. I learned  there’s nothing more satisfying than the sound of letters and phrases in your head. Professionally, it happened by accident, I never saw journalism as an option for me. Nonetheless, I have ever felt compelled to share stories that matter—my mom says I am chismosa (noisy) and that’s why I like journalism and writing.. One day I saw a Facebook event organized by parents whose children were displaced to unsafe conditions by the district due to school closures. During that time I was involved with an environmental justice group, I guess, that was my “beat” back then. I went to the protest and  wrote an opinion piece about it for a local newspaper. Ever since, I learned about the responsibility it carries to write stories and that you are teaching the public through your lenses. 

Beats – 

Social Justice, Culture, Latinx communities, Gender and identity.

Estefanía’s proudest work – 

I am proud of each and one of my stories (even the opinion pieces). This will sound like cliche but in my opinion every story has a backstory, and it is relevant. However, I will say the first one I did in-person after Covid-19 pandemic started around July-August. I covered instructors, staff and parents asking the district to not reopen schools –as they were obligated as per TEA Regulations— The day after I published the story, the district decided to keep the schools closed. 

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Sophia Ungaro
Sophia Rose Ungaro is Culturas resident writing intern. Ungaro hails from San Pedro, California. Growing up with a Navajo/Meztizo mother and a Sicilian father has given Ungaro a unique perspective on the world. In 2021 Ungaro will graduate from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Journalism. Her beats are race, pop culture, and entertainment.
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