Education: Code Switching and Cultural Identity in the Classroom

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A former co-worker of mine used to tell a story about how his father forced him to wear a suit on move-in day of his freshman year of college. It was 2004. “You’re making a first impression,” his father counseled.  He was from Ecuador and to him, there was no other way to arrive on […]

UPDATE: Re-published in HuffPo! Latino IQ Quiz: Does the GOP Hate Hispanics? a) Yes b) No c) Maybe d) Can You Repeat?

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This rhetorical question has a clear answer in my head–no. But the rhetoric during last year’s Republican primaries and the election, as well as Congress’ current immigration bill debate, is sending a message to Latinos that “we don’t want you.” The latest “confirmation” is conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation‘s latest study which argues against the proposed immigration legislation […]

Meatless Monday: Spinach and Mushroom Crêpes

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When you cook healthy food, you eat healthy food. I invest in my students’ health by teaching them to make nutritious and sabroso meals. ¿What’s on the menu in my classroom? Crêpes! (Mais oui!–But of course! What self-respecting French teacher–oh là là, you may not have known that little detail–doesn’t make crêpes?!) While you may be used to eating these […]

Next Gen Feminista Friday: Mother’s Day Lesson from Mami

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My mother sat on my bed and listened patiently as I described every. single. detail. I was fifteen, burrowed under my comforter, and surrounded by tissues when I heard a light tapping on the door. “Hey, you okay?” My ears perked up when I heard her voice, full of empathy and concern, and instantly went from crying to mere […]

Mother’s Day Fitness: 6 Healthy Activities to Do With Mom

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Your mami put your needs before her own. This Mother’s Day, put mom‘s well-being first. Skip the brunch buffet and plan a healthy, active way to celebrate. 6 Healthy Mother’s Day Activities Walk or hike: Walking is accessible for everyone, regardless of current fitness level. Start small by taking the dog around the block or get adventurous and hike a beautiful outdoor […]

Heritage Immigration Report: Latino Small Brains & Long Political Memory

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Don’t let my Yale Ph.D, my Stanford Master’s, and my U.C. Berkeley Bachelor’s fool you. I’m an idiot. As a journalist and a political independent, I approached with an open mind the Heritage Foundation’s immigration report which argues against the proposed immigration bill. I listened to former South Carolina Senator and foundation head James DeMint, […]

Education: Are Latinas Too Dumb for College?

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Of course this sensationalist headline is wrong–Latinas are not too dumb for college. But if you look at the data, the numbers document an education gap that hurts our families, communities, and our country. Although Latinos with 16.5% of college enrollments are the largest minority to go to university, guess how many Latinos are actually graduating right now? […]

Meatless Monday: Cinco de Mayo Eggplant and Mushroom Fajitas Recipe

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a plate of sizzling vegetarian fajitas. When I stopped eating meat three years ago, I worried I would miss my favorite meals, especially around holidays. I was relieved to discover that rather than giving up the dishes I love, I only needed to adapt my recetas, as I demonstrate in Meatless Monday: Sweet Potato Tacos Recipe. Fajitas easily convert into a […]