By Amaris Castillo | 08/18/2011 - 08:30
The desire to be bilingual has motivated some Latino college students to move to Puerto Rico. La Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (Sacred Heart University) in Puerto Rico has seen an increase in its enrollment mainland U.S. Hispanics seeking to brush up on their language skills.
By Amaris Castillo | 08/02/2011 - 11:15
In a press conference yesterday in Miami, Colombian singer, songwriter and philanthropist Shakira announced that her Fundación Pies Descalzos and FC Barcelona (her boyfriend Gerard Pique’s soccer team) have signed on agreement to build two sports complexes—one in Miami and one in Cartagena, Colombia—for local youth.
By Adriana Rivera | 07/15/2011 - 11:30
When Shakira and Gerard Pique arrive in Miami, you know the party has only begun!
This week, the Colombian singer and Spanish soccer player went out on the town, starting at Zuma Miami at midnight for a (super) late dinner with some friends and followed by some steamy dancing at Mokai. Pique even reportedly let loose and sprayed Moet Rose on the dancing crowd.
By Amaris Castillo | 06/08/2011 - 17:15
The Supreme Court rejected an appeal earlier this week that challenged California’s policy of granting reduced, in-state college tuition to graduates of its high school who are illegal immigrants, The Los Angeles Times reports. According to the newspaper, lawyers for the conservative anti-immigration group that pushed the appeal argued that “preferential treatment” for illegal immigrants violated federal law. They pointed
By Latina Staff | 06/03/2011 - 15:05
Most celebrities are known for their beauty, sense of fashion, taste in men or sometimes even (gasp!) their raw talent. But rarely are they ever admired for their brains.
So, in the spirit of all the recent inspirational commencement speeches we’ve heard, we decided to tip a hat to the Latina celebs who have stuck to their guns and pursued degrees in higher education. Here’s to setting an example with your actions chicas!
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 05/12/2011 - 12:09
Chicago Rep. Luis Gutierrez may be happy to see the DREAM Act back before Congress but he says President Obama is still not doing enough to help undocumented students stay in the country—though he has the power to do so.
By Mariela Rosario | 05/06/2011 - 17:00
CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien has joined Latina magazine as a contributing editor with a quarterly magazine column highlighting the social and cultural issues affecting Latinos. Her new column, Beyond the Numbers, debuts in the June-July 2011 issue with a column exploring education in the United States. In the column she profiles Maria Castro, a brilliant young Latina student who is smart, talented and ambitious but still finds the educational system is failing her.
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 04/21/2011 - 15:30
Immigrant children are the country’s fastest-growing group but their future and their ability to assimilate is in jeopardy unless something is done to improve their educational achievement, according to a new policy brief released by the Brookings Institute.
In its report, the independent think tank specifically calls the educational lag of Latino kids—who make up a quarter of school-age children in the U.S. and 5 million of whom have at least one undocumented parent—one of the biggest domestic problems facing the country.
By Erika Ramirez | 03/29/2011 - 22:03
Something that resonated loud and clear to us from President Obama’s appearance on last night’s Univision town hall broadcast on Latino education was that if we don’t improve education, specifically for Latinos, then “we won’t succeed as a nation.”
By Damarys Ocaña Perez | 03/29/2011 - 09:30
Get involved. That was President Obama’s message to parents in his first town hall on Latino education Monday. During the town hall, held at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington DC, he also stressed the importance of investing in early education programs, improving teacher quality and passing the DREAM Act allowing children of undocumented parents to stay in the country if they enroll in college or military service.
“No matter where you’re from, you’re the single biggest factor in your child’s success,” he said.