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 »



Meatless Monday: One Day of Raw Food Recipes

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This Meatless Monday, skip the cooking along with the carne and eat your fruits and vegetables raw. ¿Por qué? Many plant foods are rich in nutrients, full of fiber and low in fat and sugars. The raw state actually has more nutritional value than cooked with studies showing that eating raw vegetables helps reduce  Read More...

Fitness: Four Reasons to Love Circuit Training

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Overbooked this week? No need to cancel on your fitness routine! In just 20 minutes you can get a full body strength training and aerobic workout. ¿Cómo? Circuit training.  Circuit training combines 8-10 exercises (think crunches, push-ups, squats) performed for 30-90  Read More...

UPDATE: Published in HuffPo Politics! Immigration Bill: How to Make the Bad, Good

Immigration Bill: How to Make the Bad, Good

The 844 page long “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” unveiled by the Senate so-called Gang of Eight is at best “C” level work. Click here to read the bill in its entirety. Reaching consensus on sweeping legislation  Read More...

UPDATE: Re-published in HuffPo: Boston Bombings: How to Conquer Fear

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado: "Boston Bombings: How to Conquer Fear"

I had no reason to be anxious on April 15th. My taxes were taken care of by my papis‘ longtime accountant Mr. Patel. The Twitter party I was organizing for Latinas for Latino Literature with Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz was  Read More...

POSTPONED! Latinas for Latino Literature Proudly Present: Pulitzer Prize Winner Junot Díaz’s First Twitter Party

Latinas for Latino Literature Proudly Presents: Pulitzer Prize Winner Junot Díaz's First Twitter Party

Update: in light of the Boston Marathon explosions, Latinas for Latino Literature and Junot Díaz have postponed tonight’s Twitter Party, until further notice. In the meantime, the victims, survivors, and their loved ones remain in our hearts and prayers. PULITZER PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR, MACARTHUR “GENIUS,”  Read More...

Meatless Monday: Spring Garden Pasta Recipe

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One of the first things I learned to cook, pasta is still the foundation of my favorite meals and the inspiration behind today’s Meatless Monday recipe: a Spring Garden Pasta that is so flavorful, you’ll forget that it’s chock full of nutrition. Pasta is packed  Read More...

#L4LL “Día” Blog Hop: Guest Author and Award-Winning Writer Margarita Engle, “Why I Write”

L4LL 1st blog hop features 20 Latino authors for 20 days on 20 different Latina blogs.

“Why I Write” By: Margarita Engle I write because I love to read. While I was still a small child, I listened to my Cuban mother as she read to me in English—a language that was still new to her—or  Read More...

VIDEO: March on Washington: “What Comprehensive Immigration Reform Means to Me”

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado March on Washington: "What CIR Means to Me" in Latina Magazine

In 2006 while a local television reporter in Providence, Rhode Island, I covered the immigration reform rally, one of many held throughout the country. Many in politics and the media marveled that Latinos had come out in big numbers. Fast  Read More...