#LATISM: My Immigration Story


On its fifth anniversary, Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (LATISM) is asking its community of top bloggers to share our immigration stories. My story is not exceptional. It is one of millions since the founding of our nation: I was born in this country to parents who had immigrated to the U.S., arriving […]

Education Wednesdays: How to Interview a Charter School


One of the best parts of my job is getting out of the office and into the community. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Ivy Preparatory Academy, an all-girl charter school in Gwinnett County, GA. As I toured Ivy Prep, hallways lined with college banners, neatly uniformed students, and eager eyes fixed on instructors […]

Hispanic Heritage Month Meatless Monday: 3 Tips to Make Traditional Dishes Vegetarian


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month September 15-October 15 with delicioso Hispanic recipes. Don’t think you can go vegetarian on Meatless Mondays and still indulge in traditional favorites? ¡Si, se puede! Checa these tips to cut the meat without losing sabor latino: 3 Tips to Make a Hispanic Diet Vegetarian Choose Hispanic dishes that are already vegetarian: Many traditional dishes don’t feature carne. My favorites include Mexican bean […]

L4LL’s Hispanic Heritage Month: Festival of Books

L4LL's Hispanic Heritage Month: Festival of Books

Over at Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL), my partner Monica Olivera and I psyched to announce “L4LL Hispanic Heritage Month: Festival of Books” where we honor Latino contributions to the U.S. in history, politics, public service, the arts, and sports beginning this Sunday, September 15 through Tuesday, October 15, 2013. This month-long event which comes on the heels […]

Education Wednesdays: 2 More College “Conversations” to Have with Yunior

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I am a true believer that success starts at home, and that few things are more powerful than the love of familia. In last week’s Education Wednesday, 2 College “Conversation” to Have with Yunior, I encouraged harnessing the power of family to build a culture of college, assemble a support network and nurture thoughts of […]

Meatless Monday: Moroccan Vegetable Couscous Recipe


Don’t let the bustle of back-to-school season keep you from the important people in your life–make time to sit down and share a meal with your familia. For a sabroso family-style Meatless Monday, try one of my all-time favorite vegan dishes: Moroccan vegetable couscous. ¿Qué es couscous? This grain-like pasta is easy to prepare and […]

“Empty Dress” Is As Sexist As “Empty Suit” or What I Said on MSNBC


I was disappointed I was not able to talk about Syria, particularly it how affects the immigration reform calculus. This is important because my sources in the advocacy community were not blinking at all the gloom and doom of late summer–that not enough votes exist in the House to pass reform legislation. They tell me […]

Education Wednesdays: 2 College “Conservation” Starters To Have With Yunior


Back-to-school season is a great time to start thinking about preparing for college. Yes, even if you have little ones! Why? No matter the age of your student, it is never too early to plant the seeds for later success, especially among minorities and Latinos who are increasing their college enrollment. A recent ACT report noted a 94% increase in Latino test takers since 2009. Earlier […]