Summer Break: Celebrating Your Authentic-Self During LGBT Pride Month

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June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. For the LGBT community and supporters, this is a time to celebrate how far the gay rights movement has come as well as continue work towards realizing full civil rights in our country. From the covers of major magazines to high school video productions, the conversation on LGBT […]

Education: 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education

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Two generations removed from the monumental Supreme Court Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka ruling, my educational experience was one privileged with opportunities perhaps unfathomable by my grandmother in her childhood. In a mixed-income suburban setting, I participated in rigorous academic programs. I became familiar with the subtleties of middle-class etiquette deemed necessary to succeed in life. I […]

Profesoras in the Promised Land: Reflections on MLK Day

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Depending on your experiences with higher education, you may be surprised to know that this May I will graduate from Penn State with my Bachelors of Arts in English without ever having a single Latino professor. A part of this is due to my field and location. Latinos haven’t traditionally been drawn to English degrees. […]

What the Healthcare Ruling and the Civil Rights Era Greats Have in Common

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It’s not every day that the Supreme Court hands down a ruling that could end up determining a court’s legacy. It’s also not everyday that I am invited to guest host NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin. Click here to see a cute Tout video shot by senior producer Davar Ardalan after our live broadcast […]

“The Dream”: TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado Talks About Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy on NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin

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“What does Martin Luther King Jr. mean to you?” A big, open-ended question/challenge issued by NPR’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin that allows us to reflect on the extraordinary contributions made by the civil and human rights icon that moved us toward a more perfect nation. But it also painfully reminds us that more than half a century […]