Education: Minority Students are the New Majority

Labels such as “low-income”, “immigrant”, and “single-parent household” once described only a small group of students at-risk of falling through the cracks of America‘s school system. However, as our country continues to change socially More »

Financial Literacy Month: 3 Tips for Sticking To a Budget

A key way to be responsible with your finances is creating a budget and keeping it. Knowing where every penny of your hard-earned money is goes allows you to trim excess spending and save More »

VIDEO: Politics and Polices of Sex: Equal Pay and Sex Education on MSNBC

MSNBC host Karen Finney roared out of the gate of her show Disrupt, asking me if Equal Pay is good politics or good politics. Both, I answered, a lover of living trapped More »

Education Wednesday: A Case for Universal Preschool

This year there has been a strong national focus on expanding access to quality early childhood education for all students. Earlier this year in the State of the Union Address, President Obama placed more More »

Homegrown: The Benefits of Teaching Children How to Grow Food

Growing fresh food at home can be just as much an educational tool as it is a component of the pantry. The process of planting and harvesting fresh produce teaches children about food and the importance of healthy More »

Education Wednesday: Why You Secretly Love Math

For centuries, I am sure, students have groaned and questioned the real use of mathematics outside of school. However, long before modern technological advances, math concepts have shaped our world and been pivotal in our daily lives. Math is secretly our favorite More »

Guest Post: Author/Illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh’s “Reflection” for the L4LL Día Blog Hop

Literacy improves lives, strengthening communities, neighborhoods, and the economy. This is the mission of Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL), a social enterprise focused on raising literacy rates co-founded by my partner Monica More »

Pan Latino Tapas Restaurant Review: Purple Potatoes and Barrel-Aged Bourbon

Tapas, or small plates are popular in the restaurant industry and an easy way to try many different dishes on a menu. Celebrity chef Richard Sandoval’s Toro Toro recently opened its doors, offering the crème de More »



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  Read More...

Angelina Jolie Inspired Meatless Monday: 7 Cancer Fighting Foods

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Angelina Jolie‘s decision to undergo a double mastectomy to decrease her risk of breast cancer sends an important message to Latinas: we can make choices to reduce our own risk of cancer. I know this very well. Breast cancer runs and has affected to various degrees people  Read More...

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  Read More...

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  Read More...

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  Read More...

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  Read More...

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.   Read More...

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”  Read More...