Immigrant angst


Immigration is painful. It hurts to leave everything you know. Language, food, climate, culture and professions are all left behind. New possibilities are ahead but so is failure. Immigration is full of angst. During this whole political grind we are currently going through we need to remember the personal cost to us all. So when...+

Latin-America is not homophobic


Most of us at this point have had an family member come out. El tio o la prima now bring their otra mitad to every cumple, bautismo, and fiesta. In other words business as usual. Homophobia still has places in some families and communities, yet things have changed dramatically in the last fifteen years. So my best friend Pew publishes the...+

Silicon Valley education problem

Brown Girls

Let me get on my high-horse for a better vantage point. OK this just sucks. In the middle of Silicon Valley we are being left behind We have a region-wide problem: Low percentages of college readiness for Latino, African-American, and Pacific Islander students across districts in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Individual schools buck the trends,...+

Latinos are donors too!

Stereotype: Mexican Moochers! Reality: We are donors! An anonymous donor has pledged $1 million to the USC School of Social Work to establish the Cleofas and Victor Ramirez Professor of Practice, Policy, Research and Advocacy for the Latino Population. Yes one million. Not one dollar. Stereotype: We are not educated Reality: Education is highly valued...+