Jazmin Chavez, J.D. http://www.jazminchavez.com social media strategist / innovative lawyering / movement entrepreneur Mon, 11 Mar 2013 04:14:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 ¿Hablas Diseño? School of Visual Arts: Apps, Activism & Latinos Presentation http://www.jazminchavez.com/2012/09/10/hablas-diseno-school-of-visual-arts-apps-activism-latinos-presentation/ Mon, 10 Sep 2012 15:50:01 +0000 http://www.jazminchavez.com/?p=319 Last week I had the great fortune of moderating a panel with two amazing mujeres. Julissa Gutierrez of National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) & Jessica Perilla of JPD Studio.

Our presentation focused on Apps, Activism and Latinos and we broke down the various ways that apps were factoring into the political process and representation of Latinos during this election.

The universe of online and mobile apps targeting Latinos falls into the same categories as those targeting the general population: apps for entertainment, news, productivity and communication, with mobile games such as Angry Birds conquering the pack. However, issues specific to the Latino community have contributed to the design and innovation of a new breed of apps that inform users of and/or intervene in the crux of critical civic issues. In an election year where sensitivities over immigration, racial profiling and voter redistricting have captured the national discourse, online and mobile apps have responded with new modes of communication, activism and engagement in ways that have empowered the Latino community.

This panel, the third in the series CONVERSACIONES,  explored a selection of apps that are responsive to contemporary social and political challenges confronting Latinos in America.  The discussion focused on the functions of these apps, their design intentions, development process and public reception from the perspectives of app designers, developers and commissioning agents.

As promised, I have published the presentations from the panelist on slideshare for you to download. Enjoy!

#LATISM 2012: Here I come! http://www.jazminchavez.com/2012/08/29/ill-be-speaking-at-latism-2012/ Thu, 30 Aug 2012 03:25:01 +0000 http://www.jazminchavez.com/?p=305

I found out on Monday that I have been selected to speak at #LATISM 2012 in Houston, Texas.  I just about fell off my seat! Then I stood up and started jumping around like a mad woman!

I am beyond excited to speak at the conference and I cannot wait to connect with such incredible talent and people. Latinos in Social Media is one of my favorite organizations and I feel truly honored and humbled to have been selected.

It’s about to get awesome. So stay tuned.


Parents & Facebook: The Almighty Battle of Privacy, Love & Safe Internet Practices http://www.jazminchavez.com/2012/05/10/parents-facebook-the-almighty-battle-of-privacy-love-safe-internet-practices/ Thu, 10 May 2012 05:32:41 +0000 http://www.jazminchavez.com/?p=279 I don’t have kids yet but I do speak to many parents who ask me for advice on what their social media policy should be at home.  Usually, it makes me laugh because I never thought about creating a social media policy for home use, since I usually create them for non-profits and small businesses.  My usual response is, “Well, how much are YOU online?”

  • Facebook has more than 500 million registered users (Facebook, 2010).
  • 73% of 12- to 17-year olds have at least one social networking profile (Pew, 2010).
  • Facebook does not allow children under 13 to have an account, yet approximately 7.5 million kids under 13 in the United States are on Facebook (Consumer Reports, 2010)

This is an important question to ask yourself because you might be setting these behavioral patterns for your children.  Children, despite what they tell you, crave love and attention and when you are online and too busy texting, emailing, Facebooking, Tweeting, Linking, etc, then your children are competing with those sources for attention.  If you ignore them, then they will take on the behavior that you have showed them. It’s almost like a “monkey see, monkey do.”

Facebook has a section of their website devoted to teen safety and safe internet practices. Although they still have a long way to go, this site provides a great breakdown of what you can do to protect your teens online. I’ve compiled the top 5 things I believe you can do to have a safe internet practices at home.

Top 5 Ways to Create Safe Internet Practices At Home

1. Discuss their online presence

Sit down with your child and let them know that you are trusting them enough to allow them create their own profile.  Let them know that you will set limitations to their online sites for their protection and to ensure that they are not being bullied or harassed. Start this conversation early on and talk to them about having a healthy online presence by being responsible and about what they post.  Discuss what is appropriate information to post online and what can be potentially harmful to them.

2.  If in doubt, take it out.

Some of the best sites online recommend this practice.  Let your kids know that if the post feels wrong or “icky” then use the “remove” button and take it down. If anybody tags them in a  post that is inappropriate, embarrassing, or dangerous in any way, then have them take it down or remove it for them. Don’t question it, just remove it. Simple.

3. Set an example

Your kids are mimicking the behaviors that you are showing. Keep  your own digital footprint clean by posting appropriate content online. Sometimes they are your friends online and they will be watching the pictures, updates and anything else that you post online. Be mindful of the idea that they are watching you as much as you are watching them.

4. Tell your teen to stop,  smell the flowers, and blow out the candle before they post

This was a quote that my little sister learned in kindergarten because of her bad temper. The idea was to provide a moment of self reflection so that she could calm down and not throw a tempter tantrum.  Use this rule with your children as well and teach them to stop and self reflect before they post anything online. Teens are especially emotional most of the time (I should know, I was a teenager once) and they can get caught up in the moment and post things that are hurtful to themselves or to someone else. Don’t let them become get caught up in that moment because it can lead to further consequences for their online reputation. Remind them that someone is always watching them, whether it’s family, friends or school administrators.

5. Talk to your kids before you “Friend” them

This might sound a bit ridiculous, but consider Facebook to be a closed door to their room. Knock before your enter, or else they lose their mind. Ask to friend them and chose your battles. If you are your teen’s friend, don’t fill their Facebook timeline or wall with comments, and whatever you do don’t “friend” their friends.  That’s embarrassing and crossing the line.  Many parents say Facebook is the only way they know what’s going on in their teens’ life, so be careful and be respectful.  Understand that you’ll see the good, the bad, and the questionable. If you don’t want your kids to unfriend you, don’t ask them about every single post, picture or update. Keep it simple and choose your battles wisely.

I hope this helps. If you still have questions, check out these additional sites like LosTweens and these  here and here.

East WillyB: Full Season Production 50K in 50 Days! http://www.jazminchavez.com/2012/04/12/east-willyb-full-season-production-50k-in-50-days/ Thu, 12 Apr 2012 21:30:46 +0000 http://www.jazminchavez.com/?p=275 I have the great privilege of being a part of this amazing project! I would sincerely love your help, no amount is too small and this is a project that is near and dear to my heart. Take a moment and watch our video. This is an amazing project and an amazing group of people. We are revolutionizing social TV and the representation of Latinos in mainstream media. So take a moment and if you can’t donate, that’s ok, but share, share, share. Donate here. Please and thank you so much!

MOMA’s cool “I went to MoMA and…” campaign http://www.jazminchavez.com/2012/03/27/momas-cool-i-went-to-moma-and-campaign/ Tue, 27 Mar 2012 19:49:00 +0000 http://www.jazminchavez.com/?p=273 On Friday I had the opportunity to attend the MoMA’s free Friday program with my in-laws who were visiting from Denver.  We were so excited to finally see the Diego Rivera exhibition.  I love Diego Rivera’s work, but I love his wife, Frida Kahlo even more. If you haven’t had a chance to see the exhibit, I highly recommend that you go see it before they take it down again. The exhibit contains the original letters that were sent to Diego that ask him to please remove the image of Stalin from the murals, along with his sketches and response to the letters.

I was really entertained by their online campaign of “I went to MoMA and…”  You take a notecard and write or draw what you did, saw, felt, or read during your visit. You then submit it to an online scanner and it will post it on televisions throughout the MoMA.

I loved it and waited for mine to come up, but then I went off to explore the Cindy Sherman exhibit.  I went online today to “claim” my ID card and it gave me digital download of my trip.  This is a fun digital keepsake of our visit to the MoMA and I think it’s a really fun and creative idea, especially for families.  Check out the fun and interesting cards that people have posted from all over the world here!


Social Media Week New York Is Here! http://www.jazminchavez.com/2012/02/13/social-media-week-new-york-is-here/ Mon, 13 Feb 2012 15:51:15 +0000 http://www.jazminchavez.com/?p=270 One of the greatest social media events of the year is finally upon us. There are more than 350 events happening in NYC this week, but the lovely folks at SMWNYC have created a helpful guide based on your interest.  From Small Business to Social & Environmental Change. So, here’s a Guide to the Guides. Enjoy and hopefully I’ll get to meet a few of you this week!

If you’re interested in
Startups & Entrepreneurship
Small Business
Social & Environmental Change
Business & Innovation

Or you’re a fan of
Yahoo! And Social
LinkedIn & Professional Connecting

Or you want to be in one place all day
Art & Culture Hub
Health & Wellness Hub from their perspective and Health & Wellness Hub from ours

If you’re a young adult or how old we wish we were

If you’re not sure what to do on Valentine’s Day

And if you like to see the big names, see our keynotes
Dan Abrams
David Eastman
Don Tapscott
Chris Kaskie
Ben Kaufman
Carol McCall
Alex Bogusky
Jeff Dachis

Finally, if you’d rather just see one list of it all
Events Guide

Or just what’s been recently added, here or here.

We’ll be continuing to add more guides to our blog over the next couple of days, so keep an eye out for your topic of choice. With just 2 days until the start of SMWNYC, registering now is key. Please note, there will be no waitlists or walk-ins- so get your name on the list today!

Social Media Week NYC
Download the Social Media Week Official Mobile App
Empowering Change through Collaboration

Social Media Week February 13-17 2012

Guest Post by Jazmin Chavez & Julia Ahumada Grob of “East WillyB” http://www.jazminchavez.com/2012/01/12/guest-post-by-jazmin-chavez-julia-ahumada-grob-of-east-willyb/ Thu, 12 Jan 2012 20:49:27 +0000 http://www.jazminchavez.com/?p=262 GUEST POST BY Jazmin Chavez & Julia Ahumada Grob of “East WillyB” via Latino Rebels

By the time of this publication, we should all be familiar with the recent controversy regarding ABC sitcom, “Work It,” in which Puerto Rican actor Amaury Nolasco’s character Angel, uttered the egregious statement on national TV, “I’m Puerto Rican, I’d be great at selling drugs.” While we stand behind the Latino public officials, activists, and bloggers who have have spoken out, demanding an apology from the national network, this sadly is not the first time, and definitely won’t be the last time, a major network blasts the Latino community with stereotypical and narrow portrayals of what indeed is a vibrant, diverse, and multi dynamic community.

While the 2010 census revealed that with over 50 million Latinos in the United States, 1 out of every 6 people are of Hispanic or Latino origin, that same year, the National Latino Media Council (NLMC) issued their annual diversity report card, citing a decline in Latino diversity at every major network. Yet these same networks feel entitled to capture our attention for 4-6 hours a day. Without Latino producers and writers calling the shots, we continue to experience an over saturation of drug dealers, gardeners, maids, prostitutes, and gang members on our TVs. Additionally, while our women are incredibly beautiful, present company included, the exotification of Latinas continues as demonstrated in the new CBS comedy, “¡Rob!” Beyond “Work It,” and “¡Rob!” there are currently Latino-based pilots being developed at NBC, ABC, and FOX, with non-Latino writers attached to all but one, it seems.

So what can we, the fastest-growing demographic group in the United States, do to stop this, beyond demanding apologies from networks who care little about our well being? We at “East WillyB” want to offer a challenge to the Latino community: Turn off your TV. Support independent television programming created for Latinos and by Latinos, delivered directly to your home via the web.

We at “East WillyB” understand the importance of capturing the multi-faceted Latino experience in the United States because we have lived it and experienced it. We are the new generation Latino, some American born, some born in America Latina, Spanglish speaking, ni de alli, ni de alla. Conceived in a coffee shop in Brooklyn, the series was created after our writers, actors, and producers grew tired and frankly sick to our stomachs of seeing the same BS perpetuated over and over again at the expense of our community. So instead, we took matters into our own hands, creating and distributing the series directly through the web to our community…you.

East WillyB” is an original series which follows Puerto Rican sport bar owner Willie Reyes Jr. as he and his community fight to keep their neighborhood bar open in the face of the hipster invasion of their Brooklyn neighborhood. A gentrification comedy, “East WillyB” tells the story of the many faces that make up the Latino community of Brooklyn, and the ways in which their lives interconnect to create the extended family so integral to its character. With a 6 episode pilot season already online, 2012 will see the launch of a 13 episode, 91 minute season of “East WillyB,” with great Latino guest stars already attached to join to the team.

We are not alone in this new movement. Other great series include “Los Americans,” written by Dennis Leoni (“Resurrection Blvd.”) and starring Esai Morales. A drama, “Los Americans” focuses on a multi-generation, middle-income, Latino family living in Los Angeles and the issues they face, including alcoholism, unemployment and cultural identity. “Ylse”  is a dramedy about ambitious, single, thirty-something Latina as she juggles career, a not-so-successful love life and a family who doesn’t understand her progressive American ways (think: Bridget Jones with a bicultural twist). Undocumented and Awkward is a series created for and by undocumented youth. The series, written by four college graduates, with four different experiences of being undocumented in America, finds humor in the immigration experience, from the voices of those actually experiencing it. All of these independent programs provide an honest & unique voice, creative platform and venue to showcase Latino stories, with Latinos behind and in front of the cameras.

However, without the production and marketing budgets of television, these independent series can only continue to grow if our community supports and promotes them. So instead of griping about the lack of representation on television while you watch your latest ABC show, this evening, when you come home from work, try turning off your TV and watching these independent Latino series instead. If you like them, blog about them, find them on Facebook or Twitter, tell a friend, host a viewing party & spread the word. We can only grow together.

Julia Ahumada Grob

Creator/Executive Producer


c. (917) 575-3451

Hablas Diseño? Latinos in Social Media Panel Tonight http://www.jazminchavez.com/2012/01/10/hablas-diseno-latinos-in-social-media-panel-tonight/ Tue, 10 Jan 2012 17:27:07 +0000 http://www.jazminchavez.com/?p=256 The big day is finally here. Join me, NY Design, Nando Rodriguez, Layla Ravis and the School of Visual Arts for an engaging panel on Latinos in Social Media (LATISM).