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Latino Professor Shares Some Advice For Those Entering College

 

College-Graduation

 

Perhaps the greatest privilege as a Latino professor is knowing other Latino/as who managed to succeed and reach the highest pinnacles of academia. Many were kind enough to send me their thoughts, and I post them below. But before you read them, I leave you with some thoughts and practical advice I give to all my freshman students.

Latino students will surely face the same problems all students face; such as time management, social pressure, and the ubiquitous presence of the byzantine bureaucracies you will need to master. But for Latino students, the barriers are many, and the pitfalls can be found everywhere. Even though more Latinos are enrolling into college in greater numbers than ever before, the “pipeline” is still fraught with unique problems for many Hispanic students.

First-generation college students – whose parents have not had a college experience – are particularly disadvantaged by the lack …

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Justis Lopez: Alma Exley Scholar 2015 Returns To His Alma MaterTo Teach

 

Welcoming Justis Lopez into the Alma Exley Scholarship Family are previous recipients Desi Nesmith, principal of Metacomet School, Bloomfield, left, and Dr. Miguel Cardona, assistant superintendent for Meriden public schools, at right. Educators, friends and supporters of the program honored Lopez at a recent reception at the Elmwood Community Center in West Hartford.

Welcoming Justis Lopez into the Alma Exley Scholarship Family are previous recipients Desi Nesmith, principal of Metacomet School, Bloomfield, left, and Dr. Miguel Cardona, assistant superintendent for Meriden public schools, at right. Educators, friends and supporters of the program honored Lopez at a recent reception at the Elmwood Community Center in West Hartford.

Justis Lopez of Manchester has been chosen as the Alma Exley Scholar for 2015. The scholarship encourages and supports persons of color in Connecticut who are pursuing careers in public school teaching.

Lopez, a graduate of Manchester High School, is a graduate of the five-year Integrated Bachelor’s and Master’s Program in the Neag School of Education at UConn. He received a B.S. in education with a major in history and an M.A. in education. He has just accepted a teaching job at his high school alma mater.

The Alma Exley Scholarship program honors the work of …

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Meriden’s Dr. Miguel Cardona: From Student To Administrator

Miguel and Marissa Cardona with their children Miguel Jr. and Celine on vacation in San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 2015. Photo courtesy Miguel Cardona

Miguel and Marissa Cardona with their children Miguel Jr. and Celine on vacation in San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 2015.
Photo courtesy Miguel Cardona

 
Lisa S. Lenkiewicz
CTLatinoNews.com

 

Dr. Miguel Cardona, whose grandfather left Aguada, Puerto Rico (and the world of sugar caning) to come to Hartford to work in the tobacco fields, first became the youngest school principal in the state of Connecticut at age 27.  He now has just added another feather to his cap with his recent appointment as assistant superintendent for teaching and learning in the Meriden school system.

Cardona was also an Alma Exley Scholar—only the second recipient of the scholarship program when it started in 1997–created to “honor future teachers who mirror the diversity of the student population, understand students’ diverse cultural backgrounds, serve as positive role models for minority and non-minority students and provide a classroom environment that respects and celebrates a …

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