BELatina’s Best of the Week: Gisele Fetterman, Paula Carozzo, Claudia Romo Edelman, and More

BELatina Latinx Best of the Week
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Oh, Selena, what a long week!

That has been the phrase we have been repeating the most in the BELatina newsroom these past few days. It seems as if Mercury retrograde wants to teach us in one week everything we haven’t learned in the last few years.

But not everything is bad. The hard work has paid off and we have had a productive five days full of fantastic stories.

From profiles like the Latina dreamer who became the first lady of Pennsylvania to reflections on Latino identity, these are the best stories of the week.

Gisele Fetterman BELatina Latinx
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Gisele Fetterman, First Latina Second Lady of Pennsylvania, Talks about Her Lifelong Activism and More

Gisele Barreto Fetterman may be the Second Lady of Pennsylvania (the first Latina ever to hold this position in the state’s history at that), but there’s more to her than her title.

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How Latino Identity Goes Beyond Language

The cultures, languages, and identities that make up the broad term “Hispanic,” which Hispanic Heritage month attempts to encompass, are as numerous and colorful as a jar of jelly beans.

Paula Carozzo BELatina Latinx
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Meet Paula Carozzo, Inclusion Advocate and Creator of Content for the Disabled Community

At the age of five, Paula Carozzo was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after surgical malpractice in Venezuela. Today she is an influencer and advocate for her community.

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Meet Claudia Romo Edelman, the Latina Activist is Reminding the Community That It’s Finally Our Time

As someone who has worked in the World Economic Forum, the U.N.Refugee Agency, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, UNICEF, and more, Claudia Romo Edelman has been trying to win the hearts and minds of people and promote doing the right thing.

Matthew Caleb Fernandez BELatina Latinx
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Matthew Caleb Fernandez’s Inspiring Story of Perseverance

Matthew Caleb Fernandez is a young Latino, 23, living in East LA. Matthew was born with cerebral palsy, but his condition hasn’t stopped him from chasing a reality that he’d be proud of.