The women's center has been a place to meet with other women who are trying to become more independent, diverse, and educated in all areas. This could include English, art, computer, cooking, etc.
I participated in the Border Awareness Experience at the Women's Intercultural Center. It was truly a life changing experience. I went down to the border not really knowing what to expect. In all honesty, I thought I would only see one side of the immigration-border argument. However, the WIC did a terrific job of showing all aspects. Perhaps the best thing that I got from the trip was learning about the culture. Everyone was so proud of their heritage, and wanted a better future so badly. It was inspiring, and gives me hope that in the future the border area will less troubled by conflict.
Nine students from my school including myself visited the Women's Intercultural Center Inc to learn more about immigration policy in the US and how it affects both the US and Mexico. We visited an array of organizations including La Fe and the Border Patrol itself. This presented a very unbiased and holistic view of the immigration problem in America.
I volunteered at the Center because the Technology Director Saif recruited me on to do some construction at the Center. I honestly must say I though it would be a simple job get in and get out. Now I'm not saying that the job was hard it was actually pretty simple but I have never been so astounded by a non-profit. This was truly an amazing organization as you can see the results of the organizations impact on the community the second you walked in the door. All I was doing was basic work such as fixing the roof and replacing doors, but everyone there treated me like family. They fed me lunches and brought me drinks because they were thankful for the work I was doing. Although what impressed me the most was that they kept inviting me to join them for their classes. I decided to take some time and check out the painting class. I was hesitant at first because I can't draw or paint but they welcomed me with open arms. Everyone in the class including the instructor walked me through and gave me great tips on how to paint. They were patient with me and needless to say in the end I learned a lot and was very proud of my painting. No other place can match up to this center as they are truly welcoming and the second you come in you feel like family. I send my best to the future of the Center.
The Women's Intercultural is such an amazing influential place. There is absolutely no other place like it. I visited the Center for a program that my university offers known as the Border Awareness Experience. This was not my first time coming for a Border Awareness Experience as in the past we did the program with another organization in El Paso, TX. This year we did it with the Women's Intercultural Center. I have to say that I was very happy that we decided to do it with them because it was truly different and more educational. Now what made this program different was a couple of things. 1. I got to see both sides of the issue from both pro-immigrant groups and governmental entities including law-enforcement which was an unbelievable Border Patrol Tour. The other experience we went with did not offer this and I have no idea why. Through this experience you learn you have to understand both sides of the issue before you can advocate for anything. Trust me you want to know both sides because what you are seeing everyday on the news, is most definitely not what is happening down at the Border in Anthony and El Paso. 2. The second reason this experience is amazing is because the Women's Intercultural Center really has it going on. Who knew that an organization that only started from a 2 car garage and a house would now be serving over 3,000 women. All of the staff and participants truly made an impact on my life just by talking to them. I will be honest I was expecting to see victims that were hurt by immigration or the law, but this is not what I saw, what I saw was educated and empowered women who are stronger than some of the women I see everyday back home and we cry over the littlest things. These women have been through a lot but the Center has created a way for them to overcome any problem they face. This brings me to the best lesson I learned from the Executive Director Mary Carter which was that we cannot view another person as a victim. If we view them as victims and treat them as victims they will always be a victim. Instead treat them as an equal and help educate them on the issues so they can empower themselves and light that spark inside of them that helps them overcome anything they face. These were inspiring words and I took them back home and share them with everyone. Finally the ultimate best thing that set apart the experience was their Border Awareness Experience Coordinator Saif. This amazing young man planned our program and made sure our agenda was full of a ton of educational visits and also set aside some leisure time to visit museums or go shopping. He's also very smart, as I remember the first day he told us he would be happy to answer any questions we had on the Border and Immigration and he nailed everyone I threw at him. I threw in a couple of trick questions to stump him, but no he answered every single one correctly. He made our experience worthwhile and one to remember. My school is going to keep bringing students because of this amazing person. If you are going to come down for the program you have to ask for him. Learning from him was truly inspiring and being able to organize all of these exclusive tours and presentations takes a lot of connections. I thank him for giving me opportunity to speak one on one with Border Patrol, to visit the Federal Immigration Court and see that Judges and Attorneys are a lot different than I pictured. and I thank him for giving us one on one time with him to get to know more about the Border since he has grown up here all of his life. This man will change the world because I truly believe he is destined to. I will remember this experience because of the influence of the Center and this man.
I have been donating money and items to this organizations thrift store for almost 3 years. I truly believe in this organization's work. All it took for me was one visit to see how they were impacting people's lives in not only their community but the communities in Las Cruces and El Paso. This organization truly makes a difference in people's lives and if you don't believe it, all you have to do is stop by and take a look for yourself. I plan on taking part in their new dance classes coming up in the new semester, and on that point it really surprises me the abundance of classes and trainings they offer here. I recommend that everybody should stop by and see the center for themselves.
I have nothing but great things about this center, the way they treat their participants, staff, and volunteers is amazing. Everyone is treated as a key asset to help create a better community and a better world. They look for input from everyone to help make the areas they serve better. The center also keeps me up to date on the issues going on through not only the nation but the world through their facebook and twitter. The people they have maintaining their facebook and twitter accounts is unbelievable it almost seems like they are up and running 24/7 and stay on top of all the issues. Upon the many classes and services they offer it's hard to decide which is my favorite. Although if I had to choose one it would be their Border Awareness Experience (BAE). They host college students from around the nation to learn about immigration and border issues which I believe is very important as much of the nation does not understand how easily immigration and the border affect our nation. Help this center continue it's incredible work.
I came down to learn about the border and immigration issues through the Border Awareness Experience offered by the center. Hands down it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I have to highlight the best parts were the professionalism and how much the center does to meet the needs of the community, the experience was perfectly designed to show two sides of the issue anti and pro immigrant. It was amazing learning about the law enforcement and governmental hardships that are faced when dealing with the border and immigration. I saw a face of Border Patrol and the Justice System that does not appear on the news at all. Everyone should take an experience just like this so they can learn more about what happens on the border because it affects us on a national level. My final comment deals with what was the best part of the experience and that was dealing with the Border Awareness Experience Director Saif. I have never met any individual like this as he was very knowledgeable on the issues affecting the border and immigration. He went above and beyond to make sure we were happy with the experience and added anything we needed. His values were exceptional and if you come down to take part in the program ask for him and you will never regret it. Saif is an inspiration and I hope to one day meet him again when he runs for politics. Good luck to the future of the Center.
I volunteer at the Women's Intercultural and it's a good experience for me. Also a great place to spend time and learn.
The Women's Center is a place that changes your life in a positive way. Learning about other women and educational programs has given me the tools that I need to have a better quality of life. I strongly recommend it to the community.
Kirstin taught me how to lay tile and make designs as well as do construction work. Coming to this Center was the best thing that ever happened to me. I was given great opportunities which led me to attain a job. I did enjoy my time here and learning from Kirstin...she was a great person! I'm thankful for having the opportunity to return as a volunteer and am looking forward to learning new things.
Here for training - Very nice place - Great food! It got better and better. They went out of their way to help in any way. Thanks!
New Mexico State University's Service Learning Office in the College of Education introduced so many of us to this organization and the good they have to offer...by being one of their participating community agencies it has introduced many of us to volunteer in return for the good of our local communities and citizens!
I would like to support this charity so more people would come to the Women Center. I like to go to the Women Intercultural Center a lot because I go to the classes that I like such as Zumba, Sewing, Advanced Jewelry, and Tai Chi. I also go volunteering at the Women Intercultural Center in my free time to help and get work experience so I won't get bored. I also like to go to trainings and workshops given at the Women Intercultural Center to learn more.
The center for me is a place that provides help for learning different activities. It also makes me feel good about developing relationships within the community and being a part of something great!
I came to volunteer for a NMSU project and I am so glad I did. This center is one of the most inspiring and amazing places I have ever came across. It empowers women, changes lives and brings together a community. I am so glad to be apart of this powerful movement and I plan to stay long after I graduate. Thank you so much Women's Intercultural Center for what you have done and continute to do!!