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 Wednesday: How to be an Education Advocate

Anyone can be an advocate for great education! Yet as parents, mentors, and friends we are not always sure of what we can do to support our students‘ learning needs. National reforms such as Common Core More »

Behind Every Great Man Is A Great Woman: The Importance of Female Role Models

Women often work behind the scenes to help distinguished men and women achieve greatness. To end Women’s History Month which also coincides with Cesar Chavez Day, we highlight Helen Chavez, the wife of the labor and civil More »

Education Wednesday: Preparing Students for Technical Careers

To help more students reach lucrative and stable jobs upon graduation, many new educational models are emerging to provide young people with early vocational training. However, beyond familiar positions such as plumbers and electricians, More »



Heritage Immigration Report: Latino Small Brains & Long Political Memory

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Don’t let my Yale Ph.D, my Stanford Master’s, and my U.C. Berkeley Bachelor’s fool you. I’m an idiot. As a journalist and a political independent, I approached with an open mind the Heritage Foundation’s immigration report which argues against the  Read More...

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  Read More...

Meatless Monday: Cinco de Mayo Eggplant and Mushroom Fajitas Recipe

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a plate of sizzling vegetarian fajitas. When I stopped eating meat three years ago, I worried I would miss my favorite meals, especially around holidays. I was relieved to discover that rather than giving up the dishes I love, I  Read More...

Cinco de Mayo: Celebrating Mexico or Another Excuse to “Darty?”

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“So, what are we doing for Cinco de Mayo?” I’m not Mexican, and neither are my college roommates, but no sooner had the question been asked that we made plans to throw back some margaritas at that great little Mexican place on Wisconsin  Read More...

Next Gen Feminista Friday: Dartmouth (and everyone else), Listen to the Protesters

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“Dude, if we don’t get out of here soon we’re totally gonna get raped.” The two guys behind me were scrambling, along with everyone else who was underage, to get out of the house when they heard the sirens of police  Read More...

Fitness: Step it Up with a Stair Workout

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Looking for a workout that will burn fat and leave you with sculpted legs–just in time for summer? Take the stairs! I keep stair workouts in my routine because bounding up steps strengthens all leg muscles, from calves to glutes, keeping my  Read More...

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  Read More...

UPDATE: Republished in HuffPo! Republican Reformation: ¿GOP Out, In, or No-reach?

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Via tweets, emails, Republican friends, or smoke signals, I am getting the message that the GOP is more inclusive, indeed it is a new day. Why? In November of 2012, Republicans lost the White House largely because they lost Latinos and single women voters who rejected its  Read More...