Entries tagged "Education"

I’m with the 16 percent

September 5, 2013 8:34 PM by Ingrid Rojas

Ingrid RojasIn 2012, Pew Hispanic asked the question, “When you think, is it mostly in Spanish or in English?” The answers varied across generations as one might imagine: third generation responders said they mostly think in English, while first generation responders (immigrants) said they mostly think in Spanish. Only 16 percent said they think in both languages.

The survey didn’t go on to specify how exactly this 16 percent thinks in both languages: is it in a Spanglish kind of way, switching words between languages within the same thought? Or ...

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The Spirit of La Carlota Lives On

August 26, 2013 10:22 AM by Sara Monteagudo

Sara MonteagudpFor the past 200 years, solidarity among women of African, Spanish, and Indigenous backgrounds, collectively known today in the Americas as Latinas have sought to obliterate oppression whether it be with pen in hand or with a sword. One woman in particular, a Cuban freedom fighter known as La Carlota passed forward her spirit of abolition to generations that now expand two centuries.

Today, this spirit of freedom is expressed as leaders join forces to implement steadfast plans in aiding our youths in achieving the greatest form of empowerment: Critical ...

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The Rainbow Fish

August 20, 2013 11:48 AM by Amber Seira

Amber SeiraIn elementary school I loved reading The Rainbow Fish, a picture book about a fish with many shiny scales who learns the joy in giving to others after he eventually overcomes vainness and shares his rainbow scales with his other fish friends. Fast-forward almost two decades and little did I know that this simple children’s tale epitomized my Latina university experience as a First Generation College graduate.

My experience in earning my family’s first bachelor degree is not too uncommon for Latinos across the country. 22 percent of ...

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From Homeless to Harvard

August 19, 2013 8:55 PM by Cemelli De Aztlan

Cemelli De AztlanNot many people would have thought that a homeless, high school dropout from El Paso, Texas would make history at Harvard University. My story is only surreal because the opportunities are scarce, the teachings are censored, and discrimination still persists.
When I came back to El Paso, I wanted to make a difference in a place that I knew in my blood and bones. As a Racial Justice advocate and activist, I have the opportunity to engage people in discussions about real human struggles. Often, people ask: “What is Racial ...

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