On Telemundo’s Sunday Public Affairs Show for L4LL’s Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program

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At Latinas for Latino Literature (L4LL), the literacy and education organization I co-founded, our “communications strategy” is based on the ol’ principle: que corra la voz del pueblo–old fashioned word of mouth. But when you’re able to tell your story to a bigger part of el pueblo, well, that just means more people will have […]

L4LL Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program Registration Closes 7/14!

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It’s been a little shhhh this week on The Wise Latina Club. For those who don’t know, the literacy organization I co-founded Latinas for Latino Literature (L4LL) started the first, online, nationwide Latino children’s summer reading program, currently underway. This project was born in our hearts with demands, benchmarks, and deadlines that have consumed my […]

Education: ¡L4LL Launches Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program!

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It’s not often that an opinionated Latina is sshhhh–insert the sound of crickets on The Wise Latina Club–like I was last week. With my partner Monica Olivera in our education and literacy venture Latinas for Latino Literature, we launched our biggest project in our six months of existence: the Latino Children’s Summer Reading Program! Other summer reading programs by recognizable giants in […]

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: 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 […]