Education: Is a College Degree a Path to Success or Debt Trap?

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Chicas, let me give you some sound advice: if you don’t have to, don’t go to college. As the default rate on student loans increases at an alarming rate, students are reconsidering their choice to attend a four-year institution. So should Latinas. I can already hear the weeping and gnashing of teeth: ¿Qué dices? What do you mean? […]

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 […]

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 […]

Education: Are Latinas Too Dumb for College?

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Of course this sensationalist headline is wrong–Latinas are not too dumb for college. But if you look at the data, the numbers document an education gap that hurts our families, communities, and our country. Although Latinos with 16.5% of college enrollments are the largest minority to go to university, guess how many Latinos are actually graduating right now? […]

A Latina Newbie Teacher Makes the Case for Teaching

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“Those that can’t do, teach.” What does that even mean? The fact that this saying exists in our society is a problem in itself. I deferred my acceptance into law school to accept a job, through the organization Teach for America, as an elementary school teacher at one of the lowest performing schools in Tennessee. ¿Por qué? Because there is a desperate need for teachers in […]

Bless Me, Última Brings Chicano Literature and History to Film

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Rudolfo Anaya‘s Bless Me, Última is now a film. Click here to watch the movie trailer. The big screen version of this celebrated coming of age novel received a big endorsement from film critic Roger Ebert who gave Bless Me, Última four out of five stars. For us to appreciate the film we must understand the book’s place in American literature and history. The American Chicano Movement of the 1960s, an extension […]

Latinas for Latino Literature: Las Comadres Twitter Party

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I have some pretty amazing women in my life. From my mother, cousins, aunts (who is featured in my post “Our Beloved World: A Bronx Latina Attends Sotomayor Book Signing“), to my thesis adviser, academic program director, Honors College mentor, and the friends who keep me sane, I have a lot of ladies for whom […]

Two Ways to Bring Back Abuela’s Cooking

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Of all the great things the U.S. of A. has to offer, our “western diet” is not at the top of the list. In fact, immigrating to the U.S. could be harmful for some families’ long-term health! A recent study shows that acculturated Mexican American teens are prone to obesity. Second generation teenagers are 2.5 […]