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 »



Election 2012: The Politics of OBL’s Death on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin

Towers of Light Courtesy: Brian Abbott

What do YOU think about Osama bin Laden‘s death and how it is or is not being using to gain an advantage in Election 2012?  That’s what likely Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has accused President Barack Obama of doing.  Watch  Read More...

Election 2012: The Mami Wars

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado in Latina Magazine write on Election 2012: The Mami Wars

My friends call me Sah-rah Palín–the Latina Sarah Palin–because I am so critical of the “mainstream media” as it concerns the lack of diversity, especially at the decision-making level. The Mommy Wars debate reignited by Hilary Rosen‘s comment on CNN that  Read More...

In Latina Magazine: Election 2012: Forever Young, or Not

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado in Latina Magazine write on Election 2012: Youth Vote

Desencanto–the profound disillusionment we feel when someone lets us down, when innocence is lost, when the rose-colored glasses or beer googles are yanked off.  Latinos have felt this way about President Barack Obama for a while, as I have extensively  Read More...

In Latina Magazine: Election 2012: Can the Republican Party Become a “Latino” Party?

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado asks in Latina Magazine if the Republican Party can become "Latino"

I was chatting with #TwitterBrotherFromAnotherMother since we may be teaming up on a voter registration drive/civic engagement effort and we got to talking about the big elefante político in the Election 2012 room. Is the GOP writing off Hispanics in November?  Read More...

6 Minute Career Climb: Q & A with Crisis Queen, Author, & TV Show Inspiration Judy Smith

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado Interviews Judy Smith, the inspiration of ABC's Scandal

Does anyone else hear the big clic when the Universe unlocks her abundance, when Diosito bathes you with goodness? That’s how I felt when I guest hosted NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin when Michel was away. One of the many terrific  Read More...

Time Magazine Listened to Me! The 2012 Time 100

2012 Time 100

Last year I wrote a scathing Op-Ed criticizing Time Magazine for only including 3 Latinos (2 Latin Americans and 1 U.S. Hispanic) in the list of the world’s top 100 influencers.  Click here to read  Open Letter to Time Managing Editor Richard Stengel.  Read More...

Why I Would NEVER Live with a Boyfriend Explained on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin

Why The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado Won't Live with a Guy on NPR's Tell Me More with Michel Martin

That I feared the ¿qué dirán?–what will people say?–more for Mami than me is what barred me from ever committing a barbaridad of ill-repute that would prove all my tías in Colombia right about the perils of raising daughters a la americana. Then  Read More...

Secret Service Sex Scandal Defense: Sofía Vergara Made Me Do It

Sofía Vergara hosts Saturday Night Live

When Colombia’s extreme geo-political makeover as it hosted the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena was eclipsed by another national treasure–its Latina women, I knew to blame Sofía Vergara–you know who’s everywhere including Saturday Night Live, flatly delivering her line, “America  Read More...