Author Archives: Viviana

Summer Break: Start a Summer Reading List

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Starting a reading list can be a relaxing and productive way to spend your free time this summer. Technologies such as e-readers and phone applications have made it easier than ever to access thousands of book titles just about anywhere, anytime. Even if you  Read More...

On Univision’s Despierta America with Summer Reading Program & Discount Code

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The education organization I co-founded Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL) has a summer reading program specifically designed to reach, teach, and engage Hispanic students. In case you missed it, we are doing a series of appearances on Univision’s highly-rated national  Read More...

Summer Break: Celebrating Your Authentic-Self During LGBT Pride Month

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June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. For the LGBT community and supporters, this is a time to celebrate how far the gay rights movement has come as well as continue work towards realizing full civil rights in our  Read More...

Summer Break: The ‘Do It Yourself’ Project

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Do It Yourself (DIY) projects can be an enjoyable and productive way to spend free time over the summer. The power of the internet has made it easier than ever to execute small life hacks, or tricks to help effectively manage your time, as  Read More...

Summer Break: Must-Haves for a Fashionable Summer

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Summer‘s arrival means it is finally (!!) time to lose the heavy coats and change out closets. For the consummate fashionista, the new season is as much about looking good as it is staying cool. Whether your style is sophisticated goddess or  Read More...

Summer Break: Festival Planning for the Most Summer Fun

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Festivals are a fun way to enjoy nice weather while relaxing with friends and family. The combination of local crafts, good music, and tasty culinary treats often draw cheerful crowds in cities across the country. Navigating the big crowds does take planning. However,  Read More...

Education: 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education

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Two generations removed from the monumental Supreme Court Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka ruling, my educational experience was one privileged with opportunities perhaps unfathomable by my grandmother in her childhood. In a mixed-income suburban setting, I participated in rigorous academic programs. I  Read More...

VIDEO: Immigration Manufactured Drama. On MSNBC

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Pu-leaze. Spare me the manufactured drama over immigration. Today, it’s 2014 midterm elections and the GOP calculation to hold the House and perhaps narrowly capture the Senate (despite a few “rogue” Republicans such as Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman). The strategy  Read More...