Author Archives: Viviana

VIDEO: Federal Minimum Wage Hike–Solution or Problem on MSNBC

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How best to preserve our eroding middle class and grow it in the near future so more Americans can have opportunities to succeed? This question is at the heart of a decades long Washington political battle between Republicans and Democrats. At least since  Read More...

Education Wednesday: Mentoring Towards Academic Achievement

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In education policy, metrics such as academic benchmarks and graduation rates define student success. Raising academic standards and implementing new learning models are indeed important to improving education for students and closing achievement gaps. However, mentoring, being a positive role  Read More...

VIDEO: What does the Ukraine & Venezuela Violence Say About Putin and Obama? On MSNBC

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Polls confirm what media executive’s assertions that Americans don’t have an appetite for foreign news. This justifies closing international bureaus in favor of “parachute reporting” during a crisis as well as and scaled back international coverage in favor of, for  Read More...

Dominican Independence Day Meatless Monday: Mangú Recipe

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death of all Americans with Latinos being particularly at risk. ¿Por qué? Latinos have high rates of diabetes, high blood pressure, and excess weight. Fortunately, healthy eating can reduce your risk of heart disease. Many  Read More...

Education Wednesday: Black History Month Edition: Continuing Education Reform

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In February we celebrate Black History Month by remembering the work and legacy of great educators. Heroines such as Charlotte Hawkins Brown, a courageous teacher who spoke out against Jim Crow laws in the 1900s, were instrumental in advocating for equality for minority students. Moving from the past into  Read More...

Black History Month Meatless Monday: A Day of Healthy Foods

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Health disparities still exist among racial and ethnic minorities despite our nation’s strides in pursuit of equality such as the 1964 Civil Rights Act which integrated schools and prohibits discrimination in employment and public places. For example, African Americans are at a higher risk for heart disease–the number  Read More...

VIDEO: Guv Chris Christie and Prez Obama: Liability or Asset? On MSNBC

Distance. It’s happened to everyone: you’ve imposed it to keep someone at bay or someone has done it to you. Whether it’s in your personal or professional life, this practice has its roots in the grammar schoolyard. The powerful corridors  Read More...

Education Wednesday: How to Ace Your Internship

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After the hard work of securing an internship, students must remain on top of their game to make the most of these important experiences. More young people must utilize internships to network, incubate new ideas, and begin building a professional portfolio of their  Read More...