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Protest in January 2017 in Philadelphia. Photo: Yesid Vargas / AL DÍA News

Educators, organizers, activists, and students around the country participated in the nationwide movement, amplifying calls for anti-racism teaching and training and increased focus on Black and ethnic studies in school curricula. 

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Pope Francis: "Colombia, Your Brother Needs You"

 09/11/2017 - 04:27
Pope Francis attends a farewell ceremony with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (L) and first lady Maria Clemencia Rodriguez (R) during the last day of his official visit, at Rafael Nuñez Airport in Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia, Sept. 10, 2017. EPA-EFE/LEONARDO MUÑOZ

The Catholic pontiff concluded his four-day visit to Colombia by giving an open Mass in which he encouraged Colombian population to be involved in the peace process to help the country recover from its decades-long armed conflict with the FARC and other guerrilla groups. He also addressed the heavy polarization among Colombian society.

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A Clueless City: Philadelphians Lack Basic Knowledge of Hispanic Heritage Month

 09/08/2017 - 14:07
We went around City Hall and asked the people of Philadelphia what they know, or don't know, about Hispanic Heritage Month. These are the results!

After scurrying around City Hall and Dilworth Park to ask civilians simple questions about Hispanic Heritage Month for a short video, my colleague and I soon realized that the majority of Philadelphia is ill-prepared and misinformed about this nationally recognized celebratory period. Nevertheless, between every “um”, “uh”, or absolute radio silence, there came a widespread longing to understand and know more about this time of year. The interest is there, so why hasn’t the City taken advantage of it?


Cuba begins school year with challenge to update system, train more teachers

 09/04/2017 - 17:00
Three children pose for a photo during the start date of the 2017-2018 school year, in Havana, Cuba on Sept. 4, 2017. EPA-EFE/Alejandro Ernesto

Universal free education is one of the hallmarks of the Cuban Revolution, although for a number of years the shortfall in the number of teachers and reportedly low quality of the offered classes have been the focus of attention on the island, where students make up about one-fifth of the population.

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Universidades de Arizona seguirán ofreciendo tarifas de residentes a los "Dreamers"

 06/30/2017 - 07:35
Main entrance to the main library of the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona. Photo: Wikipedia

La junta que representa a las tres universidades públicas del estado acordó seguir otorgando este beneficio a los estudiantes indocumentados amparados bajo el programa DACA hasta que la Suprema Corte de Apelaciones del estado de Arizona tome una decisión al respecto, algo que podría concretarse en uno o dos años.

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Para los estudiantes indocumentados sin estatus de 'Dreamers', la incertidumbre crece

 06/06/2017 - 13:38
En EEUU hay miles de graduados indocumentados cuya situación de ilegalidad no les permite encontrar un buen trabajo. 

En EEUU hay miles de inmigrantes indocumentados que no lograron ampararse en el programa DACA por sobrepasar el límite de edad. Muchos de estos lograron graduarse en la universidad, pero ahora viven con temor a ser deportados y no poder realizar sus sueños. 


Latin America doubles students in higher education, but inequality persists

 05/18/2017 - 06:02
 Students during a public event in Mexico City, Mexico, on May 3, 2017. EFE/Jorge Nuñez

The increase in students, who currently number 20 million in the region, has benefited Latin America in terms of young people coming from lower and medium socioeconomic environments. But challenges persist, including the high dropout rate and the connections to the labor market, according to World Bank report.

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[OP-ED]: Our Education, Born from Swamps

 05/15/2017 - 15:27
In lower income neighborhoods, students can struggle without access to proper educational materials, exposure, and parental poverty. 

The story of education in lower income neighborhoods is an all too familiar one. The struggle to obtain a stable education is a story of overcoming conditions that are less than favorable, much like the swamp plant. What is causing these students, especially Latinos, to fall behind? How can they grow from these meager and impoverished conditions?  


Who wants to study Spanish in Philadelphia?

 03/28/2017 - 16:30
María Paredes Fernández, profesora de español en Penn University, fue nominada el año pasado como “mejor profesora de español de EEUU”, por la Asociación Americana de Profesores de Español y Portugués (AATSP). Foto: Peter Fitzpatrick

The Hispanic immigrant community has played a fundamental role in the growth of the city in the last decade. In the streets it is more and more common to hear conversations held in Spanish. However, it seems that this important trend is not reflected in universities. Why? A general crisis in the study of the humanities would be the answer. AL DÍA News spoke with professors from three of the most prominent universities in the city.


¿Quién quiere estudiar español en Filadelfia?

 03/28/2017 - 11:44
María Paredes Fernández, profesora de español en Penn University, fue nominada el año pasado como “mejor profesora de español de EEUU”, por la Asociación Americana de Profesores de Español y Portugués (AATSP). Foto: Peter Fitzpatrick

La comunidad inmigrante de origen hispano ha jugado un papel fundamental en el crecimiento demográfico de la ciudad  en la última década. En las calles cada vez es más común escuchar conversaciones sostenidas en español, sin embargo esta tendnecia parece no reflejase en las universidades. ¿Por qué? Una crisis general en el estudio de las humanidades sería la respuesta. AL DÍA News habló con profesores de tres de las universidades más importantes de la ciudad.


Nueva York tomará medidas para incorporar minorías en el gobierno del estado

 03/27/2017 - 09:00
Vista nocturna de la ciudad de Nueva York. EFE/EPA/ALBA VIGARAY

El gobernador del estado de Nueva York, Andrew Cuomo, anunció hoy medidas para incrementar la diversidad en el empleo público, como reformar la legislación para acelerar la contratación de personas cualificadas que pertenezcan a minorías o ampliar el acceso a la preparación de exámenes estatales.

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Universidades de México y EEUU analizarán colaboración en "coyuntura actual"

 03/23/2017 - 10:27
Rectoría de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México en Ciudad Universitaria (México, D.F.). Fuente: Wikipedia

Rectores y directivos de universidades de Estados Unidos y México se reunirán del 29 al 31 de marzo para dialogar sobre las perspectivas de colaboración "en un entorno de grandes retos y desencuentros recientes en el proceso de integración y entendimiento en la región de América del Norte".

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Protect and Defend: NCLR Creates Latino Political Agenda

 03/09/2017 - 18:58

Today National Council of La Raza gathered local community leaders and non-profit directors to discuss what they can do to "protect and defend the advances the Latinos have made in this country thus far," according to Rafael Collazo, Director of Political Campaigns.

Focusing on ensuring that they remain inclusive of all political leanings, the group came together to decide what the high-line items were and how they can enact change on a real level in the community.