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, with a little flexibility, incorporating festivals into your summer plans will be no hassle at all. Over […]

From Stress to Success in the City: Using Social Media to Build Your Personal Brand

Personal branding for career success.

Personal branding is increasingly accessible due to social networking. You may be asking yourself, “what is personal branding?” By definition, personal branding is the process in which we market ourselves to others. Standing out from the crowd and making yourself known can guide you to career success. Today, branding is no longer reserved for companies and their products. […]

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 became familiar with the subtleties of middle-class etiquette deemed necessary to succeed in life. I […]

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 relies on voter turnout which for midterms, hinges on reliables–older, white voters. Some are against […]

From Stress to Success in the City: Never Underestimate the Benefits of an Informational Interview

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Informational interviews are one of the most important elements to starting on the path towards career success. When moving to Washington, D.C., a friend gave me this advice: “Meeting with other professionals is crucial for growth because you have everything to gain and absolutely nothing to lose.” Informational interviews are key to unlocking your potential professional […]

Education Wednesday: Preventing the Summer Slide

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Summer break is an important time to bridge knowledge from one year to the next or risk falling behind. Particularly during the young formative years, research finds that failing to participate in meaningful summer activities such as reading clubs can greatly impact the course of a student’s education. Finding fun ways to incorporate enriching educational experiences  is vital […]

The Latino Victory Project: Q & A with Co-Founder Eva Longoria

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The Latino Victory Project is a national organization created to engage the Latino community in democracy and the political process. The agenda is two fold–get more Latinos to the polls and directly support Hispanics running for public office. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the organization was founded by Henry Munoz and Eva Longoria. Wait, did you say Eva Longoria? Yes, I did. […]

Education: Teacher Appreciation Week Edition: Retaining High-Quality Teachers

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This week marks Teacher Appreciation Week, a time for us to show our gratitude and give thanks for the teachers who brighten the lives of our young ones. Educators are one of America’s most vital assets as they help students gain knowledge and hone the skills they need to succeed in life. Indeed, we can […]