Author Archives: Viviana

Education: A Common Definition for English Language Learners

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Amidst the continuing Common Core conversation, it is vital that states work to improve the educational experiences of all students, especially English Language Learners (ELL) or those learning English as a Second Language (ESL). For the growing number of students learning  Read More...

Immigration Reform: Where’s the Center?

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Immigration is that can that’s always being kicked down the road–displaced by the global financial meltdown, passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare“), Syria‘s gassing of civilians, heck, even this season’s premier of Scandal on ABC. But now that  Read More...

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Meatless Monday: Cancer-Fighting Salad Recipe

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Breast cancer runs in my family, recently losing an aunt to this terrible disease. This personal loss reminds me that it is imperative to be proactive about breast health which is why this last Meatless Monday of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I recommend filling your plate  Read More...

The Post Shutdown Agenda or How I Almost Hugged Thomas Roberts on MSNBC

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FULL DISCLOSURE: I regularly contribute commentary to MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts Show. It is also no secret that I am quite partial to him as the NPR ombudsman notes in a post about sex, looks, power, and the digital space. “There was,  Read More...

Education Wednesday: New Opportunities to Diversify Medical Schools

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Today more resources than ever are available to help students of color pursue careers in the medical field. Opportunities stem from our nation’s expanding health care system and the urgent need for doctors with cultural understanding such as language, religion, and taboos. To increase  Read More...

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Meatless Monday: 5 Food Choices to Reduce your Risk

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While there is no way to prevent breast cancer,  we can adopt simple habits that will reduce our risk, beginning with what we eat. One in eight women will develop breast cancer, the most common cancer among  Read More...

Education Wednesdays: Why Early Childhood Education Matters for Niños

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The period from preschool to 3rd grade is one of the most formative times in a child’s life for cognitive and behavioral development. High-quality early childhood education can yield benefits such as lower tendencies to repeat grades, less need for special education, future educational and professional achievement, and even decreased chances of future legal  Read More...

Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Colombian Ajiaco Soup Recipe

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As fall approaches and temperatures drop, stay warm with a hot dish. I’m celebrating the final week of Hispanic Heritage Month with a vegetarian version of sabroso Colombian Ajiaco soup. Popular in Bogotá, the traditional recipe features chicken, three kinds  Read More...