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 I am one of these URMs educational policy-makers speak of - a Hispanic woman from a border town with a very economically impoverished background. I was captured by the net of STEM programming that has become increasingly popular in schools and communities and was swept away into college, graduate school, and beyond. (More accurately, this net caught my brother, and he pulled me forward until I caught my own wave.)

Education changed/saved my life. Even though, I study STEM/ SBE initiatives, my personal interest is to advocate for the equitable access and implementation of educational opportunities for all people in this country in any discipline they choose. But as much as I want to be idealistic and naive to challenge, as much as I want to envision an equitable society and march toward it with blinders on, my own experience with "education" as we have structured it in the U.S. is wrought with conflict.

In this blog, I intend to chronicle the life of one Hispanic woman struggling with her education, her movement between cultural/economic communities, etc. I intend to provide context to the incredible complexities of becoming educated, middle-class, and acculturated when you are at the intersection of many social categories.

I speak honestly and sincerely and, sometimes, that will mean that I will say ignorant or controversial things. I hope anyone reading this can be patient with differences of opinion and welcome alternative ways of thinking. I welcome comments, ideas, and others to add to my learning and growth as I do not believe myself to be all-knowing.


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What's in your Kitchen?

Posted by [email protected] on August 17, 2014 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

This was just another Sunday morning. I groggily climbed out of bed, brushed my teeth, made coffee, headed to the pantry to make my son his Sunday morning banana pancakes. As I stood in front of my pantry looking for pancake ingredients, I noticed something that had eluded me for the past months? years? How long had it been?

In my pantry were the ingredients of a cozy middle class life- ground flax seed, coconut flour, hazelnut flour, org...

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