Sí Here Biweekly Education Report

October 2nd, 2017 - Curated over the past two weeks.

Hispanic dropout rate hits new low, college enrollment at new high from pewresearch.org

The high school dropout rate among U. S. Hispanics has fallen to a new low, extending a decades-long decline, according to recently released data from the Census Bureau. The reduction has come alongside a long-term increase in Hispanic college enrollment, which is at a record high.

Nevada State College awarded $2.7 million grant for Hispanic-Serving Institution program from fox5vegas.com : Nevada

The U. S. Department of Education awarded a multi-million dollar grant to Nevada State College as a part of the Hispanic-Serving Institutions program, according to a release. NSC is one of 20 schools that were awarded the $2. 7 million Title V Grant, making it the largest grant the college has received in its history, a release said. In addition, NSC is one of four Nevada System of Higher Education institutions designated as an HSI, but the first to receive an HSI grant. Other designated HSI schools include University of Nevada, Las Vegas, College of Southern Nevada and Truckee Meadows Community College.

OU Latinx studies approved as official major by Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education from oudaily.com : Oklahoma

Student advocates for Latinx studies at OU scored a victory last month when the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved Latinx studies as an official major in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students and faculty put in two years of work to develop the program, which the Regents approved with a 6-2 vote on Sept. 7, OSRHE associate vice chancellor of communications Angela Caddell said in an email.

Puerto Rico schools may not reopen for weeks from cnn.com : Puerto Rico

Twelve days after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, officials said only 5% of the island has electricity and its schools are not close to reopening. Julia Kelleher, Puerto Rico's secretary of education, told CNN on Sunday that some public schools might not resume classes until October 16 because of storm damage, though decisions will be made on a regional basis.

40 years later, UIC students demand more Latinx representation from chicagotribune.com : Illinois

Students of Mexican and Latin American descent from the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) gathered today to urge for more representation at the faculty and administrative level in the same place where, more than 40 years ago, students fought for the inclusion of Latin American Studies to the UIC curriculum.

Mexican School Remained Open Despite Irregularities Found Before Collapse, Officials Say from wsj.com : Mexico

The Mexican school that collapsed in an earthquake last week, killing 19 children and seven adults, continued operating despite being twice ordered to close because of the irregular construction of a fourth floor where the principal lived, Mexico City officials said Thursday.

Standing Up For And Supporting Latinx Students On America’s College Campuses: Lessons From Hispanic-Serving Institutions from huffingtonpost.com

No “woke” higher education leader needs to be told that these are trying times in America for Latinx students, whether those students were born here or they immigrated. Assaults on their aspirations and their families abound, evidenced in everything from the federal repeal of DACA to the pardoning of convicted former Arizona sheriff Arpaio and ICE raids across the country; and from the chants “build that wall” to the Department of Justice-issued threats to affirmative action.

What DACA's End Could Mean for Colleges from theatlantic.com

The potential cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program raises questions about the future of undocumented students in higher education.

In Earthquake Aftermath, It's Uncertain When Kids In Mexico Will Return To School from npr.org : Mexico

Many schools have gotten the green light to reopen, but others are either damaged or near damaged buildings. That uncertainty is putting a lot of stress on parents and kids hoping to get back to normal.

Revisiting the Persistent Teacher Diversity Problem from americanprogress.org

Teacher diversity in K-12 classrooms is a problem for school districts across the country. Although people of color constitute more than one-third of the U. S. labor force, less than 20 percent of teachers identify as people of color. In some cities, the problem is especially acute: In Boston, there is one Hispanic teacher for every 52 Hispanic students and one black teacher for every 22 black students. Meanwhile, the ratio of white teachers to white students is one to fewer than three. The Center for American Progress’ recent nationwide survey of school districts’ human capital practices found that nearly half of school districts believe that teachers of color are “very difficult” to hire.

Study: Despite Florida's diversity, its public schools are becoming more segregated from tbo.com : Florida

Some 32 percent of Hispanic students and 35 percent of black students in Florida attend "intensely segregated" schools, defined as have a nonwhite student body of 90 percent or greater, according to the study.

L.A. Board of Education chooses Monica Garcia as new president to replace Rodriguez from latimes.com : California

A week after Ref Rodriguez resigned from the post, the Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday picked as its next president a familiar name in city politics, who also happens to be familiar with the job.

Mexican school teacher who brought wireless internet to indigenous village denied visa to travel to US to collect award from nydailynews.com : Mexico

The Internet Society (ISOC) decided to honor Mariano Gomez, 23, for his efforts to provide wireless internet connections to families in Abasolo, Chiapas, where there is no telephone or radio service.

Alabama Highschool Pep Rally Features ‘Put the Panic Back in Hispanic’ Sign (Next to Trump Banner, Too) from latinorebels.com : Alabama

The latest example of anti-Latino bigotry mixed with a Trump campaign message happened last Friday at an Alabama high school, when a photo of Robertsdale High School students holding a “Put the Panic Back in Hispanic” sign next to a Trump “Make America Great Again” banner became public on the Facebook page of Jennifer Lopez Vazquez:

New center for Chicano, Latino students opens at UC Davis from dailydemocrat.com : California

The center is among new and expanding campus initiatives to support the recruitment and academic success of historically underrepresented groups — African American, Chicano/Latino and Native American — and reduce the time necessary for all students to earn their degrees.

New mural unveiled at UO for Hispanic Heritage Month from kval.com : Oregon

The University of Oregon is unveiling a new mural on Saturday in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The UO Division of Equity and Inclusion hosted a re-dedication of the Aztlan Topializti mural, painted by Martha Ramirez Oropeza in 1989, and it will hang inside the Erb Memorial Union.

PR Scores on PSAT-Related Assessments Increase Across Demographics - Mean scores for Latino students increased from 925 to 932 from prnewswire.com

The first year of performance results on the new SAT®, released today in the 2017 SAT Suite Program Results, sets the baseline for SAT performance going forward. The first two years of PSAT-related assessment results, also released today, show an increase in student performance across nearly all demographics and grade levels. Between the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years, average Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores increased, and a greater percentage of students were on track for college and career readiness.

EVERYDAY HEROES: Teachers play unheralded yet vital role in Catalan referendum from theolivepress.es : Spain

While much has been publicised today about the bravery shown by activists in the streets of Catalunya – of the farmers driving their tractors to block the streets and of the firemen forming human shields to halt the Guardia Civil, little has been written about the courageous teachers of Catalunya. They deserve to have their story heard. Without their incredible bravery, occupying their respective schools, the Spanish National police would have been able to shut the polling stations down.

A Costa Rican student in New York dreams big: 'micro buildings' for a green future from ticotimes.net : New York

Imagine a city where the designs and construction techniques of buildings reduce utility costs, improve people’s wellness and affect the natural environment in a positive way. Converting such a vision into reality is what drives Costa Rican student Natalia Martínez to try to change, on a small scale, how the world perceives the functionality of urban areas. Martínez, who studies Urban Design Architecture Studies and Metropolitan Studies at New York University (NYU), will be participating in European Utility Week starting Tuesday in Amsterdam with her university’s Zero Micro Project delegation, directed by architect and NYU professor Louise Harpman.

Universities in Mexico, Arizona and Israel sign innovation agreement from israel21c.org : Arizona

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the University of Arizona, and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México form trilateral agreement to cooperate on research, innovation and entrepreneurship.

As US Tech Companies Look to Mexico, Coding Bootcamps Follow from edsurge.com : Mexico

It’s not uncommon for U. S. companies to plant roots in Mexico, where lower wages and loose regulations have allured manufacturers for years. Last year the Washington Post reported on the tech boom south of the border, with major global companies like IBM, Oracle and Intel setting up shop in Guadalajara, also known as country’s “Digital Creative City. ”

Salinas names new middle school after Dolores Huerta from thecalifornian.com : California

On Saturday, Dolores Huerta, 87, accepted the honor of having Salinas' fifth middle school named after her in a ceremony attended by school and local government officials. The Salinas Union High School District recognized Huerta for her years of support of farm workers and the quality of their lives.

Wesleyan: Nine Students Arrested for Civil Disobedience in Protests from wesleyanargus.com : Connecticut

This past week, University student groups participated in multiple protests and demonstrations off campus as part of their fall agendas. On Monday morning, a cohort of student activists from various groups on campus drove to Hartford as part of an action organized by Unidad Latina en Acción to defend Franklin and Giocando Ramos, a couple that has been living in the United States for 25 years and is now facing imminent deportation. As an act of civil disobedience, students from various colleges around the state sat in front of the Federal ICE building and blocked the doors, resulting in nine University student arrests and 35 in total.

Award-winning book by OU faculty member wins international award from oudaily.com : Oklahoma

The book, "Mestizos Come Home," won the 2017 International Latino Book Award earlier this month for best Latino-Focused Nonfiction Book. Author Robert Con Davis-Undiano, an OU literature and Chicanx studies professor, is also up for a Pulitzer Prize for his work, said OU press secretary Matt Epting.

UC Davis Chicanx/Latinx Leadership & Empowerment Retreat 2017 @ SOL y LUNA - UC Davis, Davis [from 27 to 29 October] from sacramento.carpediem.cd : California

Applications for the 2017 Chicanx/Latinx Leadership and Empowerment Retreat are officially open!!! DATE: October 27th-29th (Friday through Sunday)LOCATION: NatureBridge in Sausalito, CA 94965

ComEd Taps Latino Students to Design Solar-Powered Fashion in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month from lawndalenews.com : Illinois

ComEd is shining the Solar Spotlight on Hispanic Heritage Month and engaging more than 50 local Latino high schools students to help design solar-powered fashion. ComEd’s Solar Spotlight Program will bring together Latino students from a variety of Illinois high schools and non-profit organizations for a two-day immersion session focused on Science, Technology, Engineering Arts, and Math (STEAM). The Program will take students through live, hands-on solar demonstrations where they will learn about solar energy and solar panels.

Richell De Jesus becomes youngest director of HLSU at Florida State University from fsunews.com : Florida

At only 18 years old, sophomore Richell De Jesus has become the youngest director of the Hispanic Latino Student Union (HLSU) in Florida State University history. As one of the largest agencies within FSU’s student government, HLSU seeks to engage Hispanic/Latinx communities in order to become involved, provide opportunities both academic and professional and showcase their cultures.

Hot dog vendor receives $87,921 check after UCPD officer takes money from dailycal.org : California

Exactly two weeks after hot dog street vendor Beto had $60 taken away from him by UCPD officer Sean Aranas, he was presented with a check for $87,921 Saturday. The money was raised through a GoFundMe campaign created Sept. 10 by campus alumnus Martin Flores, and the check was presented to Beto at the UC Berkeley Center for Latino Policy Research.

Collapsed School in Mexico Earthquake Is Checked for ‘Hidden Defects’ from nytimes.com : Mexico

Mexican officials have begun an investigation to determine whether a school that collapsed in last week’s quake, killing 19 children and six adults, may have violated construction codes. Outside inspectors had signed off on the school building’s safety as recently as three months ago, but the inquiry will look for “hidden defects,” Claudia Sheinbaum, the delegate in charge of the Tlalpan district, said Monday.

Why the Mexican Consulate, San Bernardino schools and more are teaming up for Health Week from sbsun.com : California

Free medical care for thousands of residents is coming in the form of a health fair in October, the culmination of bi-national health week and the beginning of what officials say will be a long health commitment.

Julián Cancino hired as new Latino Center director at Tufts from tuftsdaily.com : Massachusetts

Tufts has hired Julián Cancino as the next Latino Center director. Cancino began his role at Tufts on Sept. 12. The hiring concludes a summer-long, nationwide search to replace former Latino Center Director Rubén Stern

Undocu-DACA look to USF from sffoghorn.org : California

Luis Fernandez Ruiz is, in many ways, just another typical USF student. You might see him on the seventh floor of Hayes-Healy, hanging out with friends. Or walking around main campus, where he is thankful all of his classes are, so he doesn’t have to walk up the Lone Mountain stairs. But unlike most students at USF, the ability of Ruiz to work and live in the U. S. hangs over the status of a single policy: DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). This Obama-era policy grants documentation — for renewable two year periods — to persons who moved to the U. S. under the age of 16.

Symposium to focus on Mexican-American educational protests from victoriaadvocate.com : Texas

"We pick topics that are relevant and often controversial," said Victor Manuel Mendoza Sr. , De Leon Club president. "The purpose of the symposium always has been to intelligently discuss what is going on with Mexican-Americans so people from different cultures can learn more about where we've been. "The symposium will be from 10 a. m. to 12:30 p. m. Saturday in the Alcorn Auditorium inside UHV University West, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. The event is free and open to the public.

Latino 101: 'Stereotypes are boring' from asunow.asu.edu : Arizona

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, ASU students and faculty from a variety of backgrounds share what makes them uniqueBeing Latino doesn't automatically mean you speak Spanish or that your skin is brown. As National Hispanic Heritage Month begins, members of the Arizona State University community from a variety of backgrounds and cultures share the stereotypes they wish didn't persist, what makes them unique and why the American dream comes in all shapes and shades.

Students, staff and faculty to write Love Notes to “Dreamers” Friday from thelantern.com : Ohio

A coalition of Ohio State students, faculty and staff is hosting Love Notes for Dreamers, an event for students to support those enrolled in Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals Friday from 9 a. m. to 5 p. m. across campus.

Mano a mano, La Casita Cultural Center helps bilingual learners grow from dailyorange.com : New York

On one wall of the library hangs a Latinx music-themed mural, painted by Near Westside artist Juan Cruz. On the opposite wall, another large painting is on display — this one created by much younger artists. Children ages 6 and up participate in reading circles at La Casita Cultural Center on Tuesday evenings, reading a bilingual book one week and creating a related art project the next.

How I Became a Token Latina Going to College in Ohio from popsugar.com : Ohio

Celia Fernandez is an assistant editor at POPSUGAR.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor inspires during Clemson visit from newsstand.clemson.edu : South Carolina

Sotomayor moved through the packed house of more than 900 members of the university community, stopping several times to organize group photos as she candidly answered questions submitted in advance by students.

Latinx Unidos celebrates 25 years at Augustana College from augustana.edu : Illinois

Past and present members of Latinx Unidos (formerly Latinos Unidos) will come together this Homecoming to celebrate 25 years at Augustana. The celebration will take place 10 a. m. -noon on Saturday, Oct. 14, under a tent on the Quad near the Slough.

9 Bilingual and Latinx Books for Young Animal Lovers from slj.com

FEATURING ANIMALS INSTEAD OF HUMANS has been a ­long-held tradition in children’s books, often sidestepping the need to ­include the faces of our diverse population. ­Refreshingly, this past year has seen a ­number of works that though ­centered on animals are clearly ­Latinx-themed books. Fictional, informational, funny, ­serious, sweet, and thought-provoking, here is a selection of some of the best.

Third Grade Teacher Excels Thanks to Obama-era Immigration Program from ourhome.us

In a short essay, Ana Rocha explains how the DACA program changed her life and allowed her to pursue her dreams

Antonia Villarruel: The Latina who became a referent of herself from aldianews.com : Pennsylvania

Dr. Villarruel is the Dean of UPenn's School of Nursing, the number one worldwide, according to the QS World University Ranking. Her history is a testimony of the Hispanic heritage in United States.

PR The Genius of Play™ Launches Spanish-Language Website for Families from hispanicizewire.com

The Genius of Play, a national movement to raise awareness about play’s critical role in child development and encourage more play in children’s lives, today announced the launch of a new Spanish-language website filled with play ideas and expert tips for Hispanic parents and caregivers.

PR Argentina to implement urban integration, social and educational inclusion programs in Buenos Aires City with IDB assistance from iadb.org : Argentina

More than 150,000 people will benefit from climate change resilient urban infrastructure and from spaces fit for living and working in the Barrio 31 settlement as well as from a more equitable education system in Buenos Aires City

Guatemala Finishing School Starting to Bear Fruit as 1,000 Graduates Enter BPO Industry from nearshoreamericas.com : Guatemala

he Guatemala Finishing School for Call Center Representatives has started to show signs of success, as 1,000 graduates reportedly joined the BPO industry in 2016, with 2,000 more expected to be ready this year. Created in 2015 by the Guatemalan Exporters Association (AGEXPORT) in collaboration with over a dozen BPO players in the market, the Guatemala Finishing School offers young people with limited resources and base level English skills a chance to thrive in the BPO industry.

State-Owned Companies in Venezuela Have Lost US$368 Million, A Year's Worth of Education, Healthcare Spending from panampost.com : Venezuela

NGO Transparencia Venezuela published a report this week showing that between 2001 and mid-2017, the Venezuelan government went from owning 74 companies to owning 526, nearly all of which have suffered as a result. As a comparison, Venezuela’s government owns 10 times as many companies as Argentina, and four times as many as Brazil.

CETYS University Discusses Innovation And Global Education In The US And Mexico Border As Part Of Its 56th Anniversary Celebration from prnewswire.com : Mexico

With a series of regional and international events, CETYS University, ranked among the top universities in Mexico, will celebrate the 56th anniversary of its founding from September 20 to 22 at its three campuses in Mexicali, Tijuana and Ensenada. Higher education leaders and influencers will discuss innovation in education and the construction of bridges between nations through international institutional partnerships.

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