Education Wednesday Christmas Edition: Family Traditions

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Traditions such as holiday customs commemorate important moments in life and help us share lessons from our family past and culture. For child learners, traditions are important because they help with the development of non-cognitive skills and support students to be engaged active learners. As crucially, traditions provide a sense of inclusion in a wider community and closeness with your family, both contributing to developing a positive […]

Film Friday: A Place Beyond the Pines, Starring Actress Eva Mendes

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At a time when we are still asking ourselves, if and when Latinas will ever be offered better acting roles, Eva Mendes has us believing Sí, Se Puede! in the film A Place Beyond the Pines (rated R). Mendes captivates as a woman conflicted by love and motherly duty in this film directed by Derek Cianfrance, delivering her best performance yet. Click below […]

Education: Code Switching and Cultural Identity in the Classroom

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A former co-worker of mine used to tell a story about how his father forced him to wear a suit on move-in day of his freshman year of college. It was 2004. “You’re making a first impression,” his father counseled.  He was from Ecuador and to him, there was no other way to arrive on […]

Next Gen Feminista Friday: Dartmouth (and everyone else), Listen to the Protesters

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“Dude, if we don’t get out of here soon we’re totally gonna get raped.” The two guys behind me were scrambling, along with everyone else who was underage, to get out of the house when they heard the sirens of police cars. I’m over 21. The authorities breaking up a college party is not a big […]

SLIDESHOW: Faces of the Great Immigration Debate

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Miami‘s annual Calle Ocho Music Festival, held in the Little Havana barrioevery March, inspired us to spotlight the contributions of popular musicians born outside of the United States. Whether mixing musical genres, adding a fresh interpretation to a classic, or singing in different languages, these immigrants have enriched American music, endearing themselves in the hearts of fans here and […]

Fall in Love with Nina Sky

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No date? No problem. Fall in love with Nicole and Natalie Albino this Valentine’s Day. The identical twin sisters, who make up Latina alternative music duo Nina Sky, have developed a trendy, independent style that’s perfect for the young at heart. These Queens kids couple performed earlier  this month at El Museo del Barrio on Manhattan’s Upper East Side […]

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, and the friends who keep me sane, I have a lot of ladies for whom […]

Our Beloved World: A Bronx Latina Attends Sotomayor Book Signing

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Last Wednesday I could not stop telling everyone who would listen that I was going to listen to Sonia Sotomayor speak at El Museo del Barrio in Manhattan. It was going to be so cool. And then I got the flu. I asked my mother if she would like to go. “No,” she said flatly. […]