Fitness: Build Muscle Anywhere with a Resistance Band

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Can’t make it to the gym? Take it with you! Resistance bands are lightweight and fit easily in your purse for a total body workout anytime, anywhere. Elastic strips designed to help you strengthen muscles, bands are easy to use, no matter your fitness level. Begin with light resistance and simple moves. As you learn the […]

Salud: Angelina Jolie’s Medical Decision and a Latina Guide to Breast Health

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Latinas should learn from Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo a double mastectomy because of a high chance of developing cancer due to her family history which she reveals in a recent op-ed piece in the New York Times. The American Cancer Society predicts more than 200,000 new cases in 2013 with this disease the most common among Hispanic women. Breast cancer develops earlier in Latinas than in any other ethnic group yet too often, is […]

Immigration Markup: TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado on MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts Show

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What happens when Senators tack on 300+ amendments to the immigration bill? You have a lengthy mark-up process that continues for weeks. This is a good thing. The so-called Gang of Eight legislation is nowhere near perfect and may never be. But this process is crucial. We must debate which requires becoming informed. We must […]

Career: Rock Your Resume & Cover Letter

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Listen, chicas: everyone knows that getting a job isn’t easy these days. You’re graduating from college (or are newly unemployed) and there is no job in sight. You’ve got to update your resume and write a cover letter–¡yikes!–maybe for the first time. Calma: I’ll show you how to write an eye-grabbing resume, stick out in people’s […]

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 […]