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The end of ivory towers in higher education

 02/07/2017 - 01:49
The end of ivory towers in higher education

Not far from the universities within the city limits lies a small suburban university with a big name. Penn State Abington boasts almost 4,000 full and part-time students and is looking to expand. With shuttles from the city to campus and efforts to increase their grant program, the school is looking to make higher education accessible to all.

 

[OP-ED]: Helping kids handle the ‘Trump Effect’ in our nation’s schools

 01/24/2017 - 14:13

In North Carolina, a high school teacher said she has “Latino students who carry their birth certificates and Social Security cards to school because they are afraid they will be deported.”
 

A new study by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights advocacy organization, says that more than two-thirds of 2,000 teachers surveyed reported students -- mainly immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims -- expressing concerns or fears about what might happen to them or their families during a Trump presidency.

Since the election, more than half of teachers have seen an increase in uncivil political discourse in their schools or classrooms, and more than one-third report having observed an increase in anti-Muslim or anti-immigrant sentiment.

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Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: Ayudar a los niños a manejar el ‘Efecto Trump’ en las escuelas de nuestra nación

 01/24/2017 - 14:09
 En Carolina del Norte, una maestra de secundaria dijo que tiene “estudiantes latinos que llevan su partida de nacimiento y tarjeta del Seguro Social a la escuela porque temen ser deportados”.
 
 

Un nuevo estudio realizado por el Southern Poverty Law Center, una organización que aboga por los derechos civiles, dice que más de dos tercios de 2.000 maestros encuestados reportaron que sus estudiantes—principalmente inmigrantes, hijos de inmigrantes y musulmanes—expresaron inquietud o temor de lo que podría ocurrirles a ellos o a sus familias durante la presidencia de Trump.

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Esther Cepeda

De vuelta a sus raíces locales

 01/19/2017 - 15:09
El Profesor de la Temple University, Christopher McGinley ha sido escogido por el Alcalde Kenney para sentarse en la Comisión de Reforma Escolar de Filadelfia. Foto: Temple University.

El Alcalde Kenney ha nombrado a Christopher McGinley como uno de los asientos en la Comisión de Reforma Escolar. Con 58 años, McGinley tiene más de veinte años de experiencia educando en el sistema escolar de Filadelfia y actualmente da cursos de liderazgo educacional en la Temple University.

El Alcalde ha declarado que su elección se llevó a cabo por la avasalladora experiencia de McGinley. En una declaración, el Alcalde Kenney dijo “su lente educadora es exactamente lo que la Comisión necesita para poder construir a partir de los logros del distrito en años recientes”.

Back to his Local Roots

 01/19/2017 - 13:10
Temple Professor Christopher McGinley was chosen by Mayor Kenney to sit on the Philadelphia School Reform Commission. Photo:Temple University

Mayor Kenney named Christopher McGinley to a seat on the School Reform Commission. The 58 year-old has over twenty years of experience teaching in the Philadelphia school system and is currently teaching educational leadership at Temple University.

The mayor said that his choice was made because of McGinley’s overwhelming experience. In a statement, Mayor Kenney said, “His educator lens is exactly what the SRC needs in order to build on the district’s gains in recent years.”

Get Up and Out

 12/14/2016 - 05:46

Black and Latino students in California have lower test scores and higher rates of suspension than their white and Asian peers, according to recent report carried out by the Univesity of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).

Studies also show that teachers treat black students more harshly than white ones as early as preschool, and some have lower academic expectations for black students. 

Abuela at 26

 12/06/2016 - 04:38

In 2015 more than 135,000 babies were born in Colombia to 15 to 19 year old mothers.

This problem has less to do with social and cultural stigmas, but with extreme poverty, says Catalina Escobar, chair of Juanfe, an non profit organization in Colombia that works with teenager mothers living in extreme poverty conditions and has saved the lives of more than 300 new-borns since its foundation, in 2001.

Burning Man

 12/06/2016 - 04:08

Klaus Schwab wakes up every day at 6 am, then goes swimming, has breakfast with her wife and walks 5 minutes to his office, in Geneva. An ordinary and humble routine for one of the most influent men in the world.

Talk to her

 12/01/2016 - 06:04
Feminist activists protesting against gender violence and femicides in Quito, Equador. EFE/José Jácome

Gender violence has become a worrying issue in Latin America, not only because of its social and Human impact, but because it has an economic cost too. The economic cost of gender violence in Latin America represents between 1% and 4% of the Latin America's GDP, according to a recent report of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

[OP-ED]: La voz de un “millenial” de origen cubano

 11/29/2016 - 14:26
Fotografía del 26 de noviembre de 2016, de cientos de personas que celebran tras el fallecimiento del líder de la revolución cubana Fidel Castro, en Little Havana en Miami (EE.UU.). La calle Ocho de la Pequeña Habana vivió un día entero de fiesta después de conocerse la muerte de Fidel Castro, con la música de altavoces y bongós a pleno volumen y los presentes dispuestos a estar allí “hasta el amanecer”. EFE
 
 

La noche del 25 de noviembre del 2016 caminaba por Sunset Place en South Miami tras haber visto una película con mi mejor amiga de la infancia, y sentía que ese día había sido importante para mi, sencillamente, porque me habían quitado el aliento  los efectos visuales y los cánticos espirituales de la película polinésica de Disney “Moana”, cuando de repente mi teléfono vibró: El New York Times reporta: Fidel Castro, el Revolucionario Cubano que desafió a los Estados Unidos muere a los 90 años.

[OP-ED]: The voice of a Cuban-American Millennial

 11/29/2016 - 14:06
Photograph of November 26, 2016, of hundreds of people celebrating after the death of the leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro, in Little Havana in Miami (USA). Echo Street in Little Havana lived a full day of celebration after the death of Fidel Castro, with the music of loudspeakers and bongos in full volume and those present ready to be there "until dawn." EFE
 
 

On the night of November 25th 2016, I walked out of Sunset Place in South Miami after watching a film with my childhood best friend, and had expected the day to be of importance to me simply because I felt like my breath had been taken away by the stunning visual effects and spirited Polynesian chants of Disney’s “Moana”, when suddenly, a buzz from my phone:
The New York Times Reports: Fidel Castro, Cuban Revolutionary Who Defied U.S., Dies At 90!

Man in a sticker

 11/27/2016 - 16:48
Improvised altar for Fidel Castro in front of the Cuban embassy in Mexico City. EFE/Alex Cruz.

Che Guevara? Fidel Castro? Are they just icons or men in stickers? In a moment where the Left wing movements in Latin America are losing power against Right-Wing governments – Kirchner against Macri in Argentina, Mujica against Tabaré Vazquez in Uruguay; Ricardo Lagos in Chile, maybe –  , we should ask ourselves what Latin America populations remembers from Cuban revolution of 1959?  As reported in Spanish newspaper El Mundo.
 

More than Maple leafs

 11/22/2016 - 15:17
Cannabis Station, a medical marijuana dispensary located at the intersection of Lawrence Street and 20th Avenue in Denver, Colorado. The shop occupies a former gas station. JEFFREY BEALL / WIKI COMMONS

Last week, marijuana stocks in Canada skyrocketed suddenly, despite evident indications that the government plans to go slow in its promise to legalize recreational marijuana use (scheduled for next Spring). The increases may have gotten a boost from pot legalization votes in four U.S. states, Colorado and Oregon. In Canada, marijuana comes under federal jurisdiction, unlike in the United States, where regulation is shared by the states and federal government.

Filantropía en la era de la diversidad

 11/22/2016 - 14:07
Filantropía en la era de la diversidad

El mundo de la filantropía evoca imágenes de hombres y mujeres adinerados luciendo tuxedos y pieles en fiestas y galas de lujo. El estereotipo es merecido - generaciones de ricos patrones donando generosamente su dinero y prestigio a un selecto grupo de fundaciones, año tras año, creando un sólido sistema, aunque también elitista, rehogado en una buena dosis de tradición y ego.

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Philantropies in the age of diversity

 11/22/2016 - 13:47
Philantropies in the age of diversity

The world of philanthropy conjures images of well-heeled men and women donning tuxedos and furs at fancy galas. The stereotype is well-deserved - generations of wealthy patrons lavishly contributed money and prestige to a select group of foundations over the generations, creating a robust yet exclusionary system steeped in tradition and ego.

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“¿Estoy hecho para ésto?”: La realidad de los jóvenes sin hogar en Filadelfia

 11/14/2016 - 18:35
La instalación artística: “¿Estoy hecho para ésto?” Fuente: Comunicado de prensa de Covenant House

“Un adolescente sin hogar no se parece a lo que probablemente te imagines como un adolescente sin hogar”, explica John Ducoff, director ejecutivo de Covenant House Pennsylvania. “Los adolescentes y los niños se preocupan mucho por las apariencias y por cómo son percibidos. Por esta razón, se vuelven una comunidad invisible, y nuestra misión es sacarlos de la sombra”.

"Am I Cut Out?": The Realities of Philadelphia's Youth Homelessness

 11/14/2016 - 18:29
"Am I Cut Out?" Art Installation. Source: Covenant House Media Release 

“A homeless teen isn’t what you probably think a homeless teen looks like,”John Ducoff, the Executive Director of Covenant House Pennsylvania, explains.“Teens and kids care too much about keeping up with appearances and how they’re perceived. For that reason, they remain an invisible community, and our mission is to bring them out of the shadows.”

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