Guest Post: Author/Illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh’s “Reflection” for the L4LL Día Blog Hop

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Literacy improves lives, strengthening communities, neighborhoods, and the economy. This is the mission of Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL), a social enterprise focused on raising literacy rates co-founded by my partner Monica Olivera and I. This mission bleeds through everything we do, including the second annual L4LL Día de los Niños, Día del Libro (Day of […]

Pan Latino Tapas Restaurant Review: Purple Potatoes and Barrel-Aged Bourbon

Toro Toro with the Wise Latina Club founder, Viviana Hurtado.

Tapas, or small plates are popular in the restaurant industry and an easy way to try many different dishes on a menu. Celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s Toro Toro recently opened its doors, offering the crème de la crème of Pan Latino small plates to the appetites of Washington, D.C. Located in the heart of the city’s downtown area, this hot new […]

Education Wednesday: How to be an Education Advocate

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Anyone can be an advocate for great education! Yet as parents, mentors, and friends we are not always sure of what we can do to support our students‘ learning needs. National reforms such as Common Core State Standards and local issues such as school choice affect students’ educational experiences and life outcomes. Speaking up for what is working (or not working […]

Behind Every Great Man Is A Great Woman: The Importance of Female Role Models

Helen and Cesar with Robert Kennedy.

Women often work behind the scenes to help distinguished men and women achieve greatness. To end Women’s History Month which also coincides with Cesar Chavez Day, we highlight Helen Chavez, the wife of the labor and civil rights icon. Devoting most of her life to supporting her husband, she quietly worked to improve the lives of migrant farm workers, becoming […]

Education Wednesday: Preparing Students for Technical Careers

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To help more students reach lucrative and stable jobs upon graduation, many new educational models are emerging to provide young people with early vocational training. However, beyond familiar positions such as plumbers and electricians, early career-focused programs can give students a head-start towards advanced technical careers. As America‘s economy becomes more rooted in specialized industries, the time has […]

Food Trucks: A Thriving Entrepreneurial Frontier

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In addition to serving fast and delicious meals, food trucks have created a new market for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Easily accessible, these mobile restaurants can be found at breweries, music venues, or on a busy street corner outside of office buildings. I stopped by the Peruvian Brothers food truck parked in front of the Peruvian Consulate for a Saturday brunch tasting. The brothers, Giuseppe and Mario Lanzone, titled the experience “Gastro-Diplomacy.” […]

Education Wednesday: “My Brother’s Keeper” and Empowering Boys of Color

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Looking around our communities and even to the White House, we find many examples in our fathers, brothers, and friends of the potential our boys of color possess to be influential leaders. Concerned with ensuring more young boys succeed, President Obama recently introduced a new initiative, My Brother’s Keeper, to do just this. As My Brother’s Keeper challenges the disparities which […]

Women’s History Month: The Importance of Female Mentoring with Chef Amy Brandwein

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Any professional will tell you that a key to career success is mentoring. This is even more the case for women, especially those working in competitive, male-dominated fields. For Women’s History Month, I decided to ask Top Chef Amy Brandwein of Alba Osteria in Washington DC on the role that female mentoring has played in […]