Breast Cancer Awareness Month Meatless Monday: Cancer-Fighting Salad Recipe

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Breast cancer runs in my family, recently losing an aunt to this terrible disease. This personal loss reminds me that it is imperative to be proactive about breast health which is why this last Meatless Monday of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I recommend filling your plate with a healthy cancer-fighting salad. Many cancer risk factors are out of our control, such as genes, […]

Education Wednesday: New Opportunities to Diversify Medical Schools

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Today more resources than ever are available to help students of color pursue careers in the medical field. Opportunities stem from our nation’s expanding health care system and the urgent need for doctors with cultural understanding such as language, religion, and taboos. To increase the presence of minorities in medicine, we must educate ourselves on these new initiatives. We […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Meatless Monday: 5 Food Choices to Reduce your Risk

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. While there is no way to prevent breast cancer,  we can adopt simple habits that will reduce our risk, beginning with what we eat. One in eight women will develop breast cancer, the most common cancer among Latinas and women worldwide. While some factors which increase risk like age, gender, and family history […]

Meatless Monday: Vegetarian Colombian Ajiaco Soup Recipe

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As fall approaches and temperatures drop, stay warm with a hot dish. I’m celebrating the final week of Hispanic Heritage Month with a vegetarian version of sabroso Colombian Ajiaco soup. Popular in Bogotá, the traditional recipe features chicken, three kinds of potatoes and guascas, an herb originally from the Andes. To make the soup meatless without […]

Meatless Monday: Hispanic Heritage Month Platanos Maduros Recipe

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This Meatless Monday I’m sharing my hands-down favorite Latin American dish: plátanos maduros. Plátanos maduros (fried ripe plantains) are a perfect recipe for Hispanic Heritage Month as many countries in Central and South America, from Puerto Rico to Nicaragua to Peru, serve this sweet side dish.  A good friend from the Dominican Republic taught me this receta when we were roommates; I was impressed […]

Meatless Monday: Salvadoran Black Bean Pupusa Recipe

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Although I am the teacher, I am constantly learning from my students. Recently one of my estudiantes from El Salvador and her mother taught me to make pupusas–a perfect dish for Hispanic Heritage Month. Pupusas are thick Salvadoran tortillas traditionally stuffed with cheese, beans, or meat, and often covered with salsa and curtida, a cabbage slaw. This Meatless Monday, […]

LATISM Re-Cap: Latinos and Social Media: So What, What’s Next? Which Is What I Said on NPR

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At the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, I co-presented a panel on how to promote literacy at the fifth annual Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media (LATISM) representing the education organization Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL) which I co-founded. With my partner, we also accepted an award–2013 Best Education blog for our work launching the […]

Education Wednesdays: Why You Should Know More About STEM

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By now you have probably heard the term STEM being passed around everywhere from White House news feeds to local classrooms. Referring to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, STEM education is seen as the new vehicle for innovation, maintaining America’s economic lead in the world, and, the source of tomorrow’s careers. If you do not already know about […]