Rodriguez uses Emmy money to send undocumented student to college

Gina Rodriguez is using the money that would otherwise be spent on Emmys “For Your Consideration” campaigns and giving to the worthiest of causes: education.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the “Jane the Virgin” star convinced her show’s network, The CW, to use her portion of the “FYC spend toward a college scholarship for an undocumented high school student.”

A member of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s board of directors, EW says Rodriguez partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles to “locate a Latinx high school student who plans to attend Princeton University in the fall,” allowing the student to “complete a four-year degree without financial burden.”

For Rodriguez, the attempt to do something for the Latinx community is natural, even one that has been encouraged by showrunners.

Our show has always jumped at any opportunity to help me do something for the Latinx community,” said Rodriguez, EW reports. “So I asked my showrunner, Jennie [Snyder Urman], if we could do something different with the money this year.”

And something different they did.

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Minaj makes a charity for student loans

Last week, Nick Minaj made headlines by offering to pay her fans’ student loans and tuition on Twitter. Now, the rapper is making headlines again for looking to make a habit out of the payments.

According to The Cut, Minaj not only shared the receipts from her recent giving spree on Instagram (which topped $18,000), she also wrote that she is going to launch her efforts as an official charity.

“This makes me so happy,” she wrote in reference to the initial payments she made, The Cut reports. “I’ll do another impromptu payment spree in a month or 2 but pls know that I’m launching my official charity for Student Loans/Tuition Payments VERY SOON! You’ll be able to officially sign up! I’ll keep you posted!”

Official details have yet to be announced, says The Cut, but we will certainly be keeping an eye out!

Watson pushes for sexual assault policy reform

An impassioned advocate for women and girls, Emma Watson is no stranger to speaking up to secure the rights of women around the world — and her recent speech is no exception.

According to Marie Claire, Watson addressed the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Sept. 20, to draw attention to “sexual assault on college campuses as she presented HeForShe‘s report on gender equality within universities.”

In her speech, Marie Claire says Watson explained that universities around the world are responsible for showing women “that not only do they have the right to study, but that they have the right and opportunity to lead within universities too.”

Later calling for revamped sexual assault policies on college campuses, Marie Claire reports Watson painted a picture of universities as a “place of refuge” from violence.

“A university should be a place of refuge that takes action against all forms of violence,” she said. “That’s why, we believe, that students should leave university believing in, striving for, and expecting societies of true equality in every sense and that universities have the power to be a vital catalyst for change.”

Watson went on to assert that the college experience must make the safety of all those who are vulnerable, including women and minorities, a “right and not a privilege,” reports Marie Claire.

This right, she offered, “will be respected by a community that supports and respects survivors, and recognizes that when one person’s safety is violated, the safety of everyone should feel violated.”