The Summer Slide: on Univision’s Despierta América


More than a professional “core competency,” the topic of education is truly one of my passions. I am the beneficiary of the opportunities a solid education can afford a scholarship-child-of-immigrants kid, with my good grades and my parents’ expectation that we did well in school the underpinning of every degree and accomplishment I’ve earned. If […]

5 Coding Bootcamps for Diverse Adults


The only employer is Johns Hopkins Hospital and we don’t have the education or training to get a job there. Of the many heartbreaking story lines of the Baltimore uprising sparked by Freddie Gray’s death while in police custody, these words from a neighbor in the city’s depressed west side, stick. The issues of generational […]

7 Coding Programs Targeting Diverse Students


In my post “How to Change Silicon Valley’s Brofest: Diversity” I noted the importance of creating what I identify as “ladders in” to technology to combat Silicon Valley’s lack of racial, ethnic, and gender diversity brought into focus by the Ellen Pao and Kleiner Perkins trial. The statistics about the dearth of gender, racial, and […]

Summer Break: Start a Summer Reading List


Starting a reading list can be a relaxing and productive way to spend your free time this summer. Technologies such as e-readers and phone applications have made it easier than ever to access thousands of book titles just about anywhere, anytime. Even if you prefer good old-fashioned books (like me), finding the right compilation of page-turners will keep you […]

On Univision’s Despierta America with Summer Reading Program & Discount Code


The education organization I co-founded Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL) has a summer reading program specifically designed to reach, teach, and engage Hispanic students. In case you missed it, we are doing a series of appearances on Univision’s highly-rated national morning show Despierta América. This summer, we are collaborating with Univision Educación in partnership with The Bill and Melinda […]

Education: 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education


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 […]

Education Wednesday: Preventing the Summer Slide


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 […]