Change Sesame Street Latina Character to College/Graduate Student
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Sesame Workshop, the educational organization behind Sesame Street, recently unveiled the new Latina on Sesame Street. Suki Lopez, a Cuban-American, will play a Latina character named Nina. While we are excited to see another Latina on the show, we are greatly disappointed by Nina's occupational role on Sesame Street. On the show, she is Elmo's babysitter and she works in a laundromat and bike store. While we believe babysitting and working in a laundromat are important roles in any community, we strongly believe this is a missed opportunity for Sesame Street to highlight a millennial Latina who is pursuing a college or graduate degree, or who's running her own business. In a time when Latino high school students are enrolling in college at a higher rate than non-Latino students (Pew Research, 2013); and when there is a Latina supreme court justice, and many others who are not only in positions of power, but business owners and accomplished women across the board, it is reasonable that our Latino characters on Sesame Street represent the educated, hard working group we are. As a Clinical Psychologist, I can attest to and it is important to recognize the great influence television characters have on children. Having Nina play the role of an ambitious college or graduate student, who also happens to babysit Elmo and works in the community, is a more accurate reflection of today's millenial Latinas -- across the country. Sesame Street has the power to inspire millions of children, from all ethnic/racial backgrounds. We want Nina's character -- as a young Latina pursuing an educational degree -- to serve as a role model for all children. This request comes from Latinas Think Big, a global community and platform created to help Latinas accelerate their careers. We have an online community of 13,000 talented, professional and entrepreneurial Latinas who deeply care about how Latinas are portrayed in media.
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