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 »



Valentine’s Day Meatless Monday: 3 Tips to Keep Your Relationship Healthy

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Show your amor how much you care this Valentine’s Day by making both of your health a priority and plan a healthy date for February 14th. 3 Valentine’s Day Tips for a Healthy Relationship  Eat at home: Dishes served in restaurants tend to  Read More...

Education Wednesday: How to Secure Internships

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Along with academic learning that takes place in the classroom, college should be utilized for hands-on professional development. Internship programs offer students the opportunity to test their interests in real-world settings. For students hopeful to transition from college into thriving careers, capitalizing  Read More...

Finito If You’ve Been Unemployed 6 Months+ ? On MSNBC

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I don’t have to read the data to know the answer. I just listen to person after person tell me one story after another: Viviana, I have an Ivy League degree under my belt. Once I switched from electrical engineering  Read More...

American Heart Month Meatless Monday: 5 Food Choices to Keep Your Heart Healthy

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. More than 1/2 of Latinas have three or more risk factors which include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, physical inactivity, obesity, and smoking. Fortunately, you have the power to prevent and curb risk factors and reduce  Read More...

Education Wednesday: Continuing Support for First-Generation College Students

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Millions of students will become trailblazers this Fall as the first in their family to attend college. These first-generation college students face many obstacles just to reach higher education. Once there, it will take additional hard work to earn a degree. To  Read More...

State of the Union: Immigration Executive Authority

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The White House communicated at the beginning of the year that it would be the year of executive action. President Obama would use the privilege of executive authority to circumvent Congress to give a shot to the arm of our anemic  Read More...

National Soup Month Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Pozole Recipe

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When a snow storm shut me in last week, I warmed up with hot vegetarian pozole, a Mexican hominy stew. The timing couldn’t have been more on cue since January is National Soup Month, making it the perfect time to  Read More...

Education Wednesday: Empowering First-Generation College Students

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My experience as a first-generation college student taught me that support at home, at school, and in the community is vital to reaching higher education. For students who will be the first in their family to navigate the road to college, just knowing where to start can be a challenge.  Read More...