Why I Attended a Community Meeting About #Immigration

Many of you know that I am a cucaracha de iglesia and attend Mass every Sunday. My busy summer schedule shifts going to church to St. Matt’s–the majestic cathedral in Washington, D.C. where John More »

From Stress to Success in the City: Part 2: Renting vs Buying

If you feel established financially, buying a home, loft, condo, or apartment may be the right option for you. Establishing a mortgage payment rather than a rent check may be more attainable than you think. More »

Please Knock Before You Walk in on My #FoodPorn: National Tequila Month at El Centro D.F.

Refreshing. Fresh. Creative. Delicate. If my taste buds had thoughts and could articulate them, this is what they would be screaming after savoring the menu at El Centro D.F. in the Georgetown More »

From Stress to Success in the City Part I: Renting vs Buying

When moving to a new city, finding a place to live can leave you wondering, “should I rent or should I buy?” Weighing the pros and cons of renting before you commit More »

Mass Mothers and Children Deportations Discussed with former Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. On MSNBC

‘merica isn’t having a good day when almost three dozen mothers and kids are flown back to a worn-torn country and it doesn’t make as much a blip as, for example, José Antonio Vargas–immigrant More »

Summer Break: Smart Packing for Beach Trips

A recent getaway to Jamaica taught me a great deal about items that should be staples when traveling to the beach. Factors such as safety around water, hair damage, and boredom are all issues that could More »

From Stress to Success in the City: 4 Reasons to Utilize Your Alumni Network

When moving to a new city, it is important to quickly establish a contact base. Joining alumni groups are a great way to network for potential professional contacts and opportunities and easier because of the common ground More »

VIDEO: Unaccompanied Kids, Humanitarian “Crisis” or “Situation”? On MSNBC

Overheard: for President Obama, the unaccompanied children flooding the border has forced immigration from policy to politics. This assertion reflects a Beltway echo chamber, resulting in a disconnect that fails to capture More »



SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate

Governor Paul W. Bridges in a Nicaraguan tourist tee shirt. (Courtesy Paul W. Bridges).

The elected officials currently debating immigration reform are more than talking heads; they are human beings, just like the people they represent. As we see them giving speeches on television, it’s often times easy to forget that we have a  Read More...

California: Model for National Immigration Reform?

Viviana Hurtado Guest Hosts This Week in Northern California

California is one of those precious political bell weather states. You’ve heard of the election night adage: as goes Ohio goes the nation? Substitute California and you get a dynamic with a potential to alter politics, the economy, and our  Read More...

¡Fitness! Strong is the New Skinny

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What’s hot today are strong women, emotionally and physically, not stick-thin supermodel. Qué cool Natalie. I’ve never been the stick-thin supermodel type. But how can regular ol’ me achieve Arnold Schwarzenegger status? Set a goal to work out. But focus on  Read More...

Nutrition: ¡Go Green for your Health!

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Um… what exactly are you drinking? I get this question every time someone sees me sipping a green smoothie from a jar. What gives this slushy drink it’s bien verde color? A few handfuls of dark green leafy vegetables which are, calorie  Read More...

SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate

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When today’s Great Immigration Debate reaches a negative extreme, immigrants are seen as being different than Americans. Indeed, someone may have been born somewhere else. Yet her family ties, values, and time spent in America can make her indistinguishable from someone  Read More...

Latinas for Latino Literature: Las Comadres Twitter Party

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I have some pretty amazing women in my life. From my mother, cousins, aunts (who is featured in my post “Our Beloved World: A Bronx Latina Attends Sotomayor Book Signing“), to my thesis adviser, academic program director, Honors College mentor,  Read More...

SLIDESHOW: The Faces of the Great Immigration Debate

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As the daughter of an immigrant, one of the things that really gets to me about this national conversation on immigration is how impersonal it is. The debate which is dominating the beginning of President Barack Obama’s second term is often times fought and summarized  Read More...

¡Fitness! Why Work Out When You Can Dance?

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Love to dance?  Secretly want to be a Bollywood leading lady?  If you answered ¡Síííí!, I just discovered the workout for you: Masala Bhangra. Why do I go to the gym for the group classes? Because working out with others to  Read More...