The Summer Slide: on Univision’s Despierta América

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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

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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

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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 […]

4 Questions Presidential Hopefuls Should Answer to Win Latino Voters and the Election

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It’s not every day that a famed political operative like John Podesta sends me an email inviting me to a conference call for “community leaders like you.” But that happened as Hillary Clinton announced in a video that she is running for the Democratic nomination for President in 2016. Clinton’s announcement is wedged between Republican […]

How to Change Silicon Valley’s Brofest: Diversity

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Ellen Pao’s lawsuit against the famed venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins has done more to shine a harsh spotlight on Silicon Valley’s lack of diversity, specifically the dismal number of women and the humiliating practices to which Ms. Pao was allegedly subjected. However, to rectify the diversity gap and foster workplace equality and innovation, we must […]

Immigration: Is Europe a Warning of What Could Happen in the U.S.?

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In many interviews after the #CharlieHebdo attacks, European academics and journalists pointed to the lack of integration as a key motivator by so-called radicalized Europeans of Muslim faith. Unlike America, experts argued that these immigrants and their citizen children have been socially and politically excluded from society. As someone who has spent more than a decade reporting […]