Mental Health Month Fitness: 5 Exercise Ideas to Reduce Stress

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At one point while in school, I felt so overwhelmed and anxious in light of everything I needed to get done (¿sound familiar?) that I took an amigo‘s advice and met with a counselor. Her first question: have you been exercising regularly? ¿Why was this psychologist talking to me about fitness? May is Mental Health Month and we can significantly […]

Immigration Bill Reality Show: The Collective One

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If you’re a news junkie/policy nerd like me, watching the live stream of the Senate Judiciary Committee mark up the immigration bill was our American Idol or The Voice. The star was not chairman Patrick Leahy. It wasn’t upstart Texas Senator and Tea Party darling Ted Cruz who set Twitter on fire with his draconian amendment to not allow–never […]

Angelina Jolie Inspired Meatless Monday: 7 Cancer Fighting Foods

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Angelina Jolie‘s decision to undergo a double mastectomy to decrease her risk of breast cancer sends an important message to Latinas: we can make choices to reduce our own risk of cancer. I know this very well. Breast cancer runs and has affected to various degrees people in my familia. That’s why I am taking steps to minimize my risk by maintaining a […]

Fitness: Build Muscle Anywhere with a Resistance Band

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Can’t make it to the gym? Take it with you! Resistance bands are lightweight and fit easily in your purse for a total body workout anytime, anywhere. Elastic strips designed to help you strengthen muscles, bands are easy to use, no matter your fitness level. Begin with light resistance and simple moves. As you learn the […]

Immigration Markup: TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado on MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts Show

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What happens when Senators tack on 300+ amendments to the immigration bill? You have a lengthy mark-up process that continues for weeks. This is a good thing. The so-called Gang of Eight legislation is nowhere near perfect and may never be. But this process is crucial. We must debate which requires becoming informed. We must […]

Career: Rock Your Resume & Cover Letter

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Listen, chicas: everyone knows that getting a job isn’t easy these days. You’re graduating from college (or are newly unemployed) and there is no job in sight. You’ve got to update your resume and write a cover letter–¡yikes!–maybe for the first time. Calma: I’ll show you how to write an eye-grabbing resume, stick out in people’s […]

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 […]

UPDATE: Re-published in HuffPo! Latino IQ Quiz: Does the GOP Hate Hispanics? a) Yes b) No c) Maybe d) Can You Repeat?

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This rhetorical question has a clear answer in my head–no. But the rhetoric during last year’s Republican primaries and the election, as well as Congress’ current immigration bill debate, is sending a message to Latinos that “we don’t want you.” The latest “confirmation” is conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation‘s latest study which argues against the proposed immigration legislation […]