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Jose Antonio Tijerino
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Jose Antonio Tijerino is president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), which identifies, inspires, prepares and positions Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland’s school of journalism and a Doctorate of Humane Letters from The Chicago School.

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Stop the Raids!

(4) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 12:11 PM

"As I have said repeatedly, our borders are not open to illegal migration; if you come here illegally, we will send you back consistent with our laws and values."

Donald Trump? Nope, that was the first sentence of a January 4th statement by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh...

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We Are Americans -- Let's Act Like It

(1) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 6:22 PM

Creating a database of Muslims and ID cards marked with their religion while monitoring anyone that goes to a mosque? That was presidential primary front-runner Donald Trump? Comments about the Syrian refugees being like dogs with some of them being rabid made by Dr. Ben Carson (yes, he's an actual...

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Too Common a Story -- The Homework Gap

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 11:14 AM

"Hey, that's my story!" my mentee Adan Gonzalez blurted out as I read him some of the preliminary findings from a study the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, myCollegeOptions and the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) conducted called Taking the Pulse of the High School Student in America.


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Code as a Second Language

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 1:25 PM

On appearance, Kaira Villanueva seems to be an average sophomore student at Columbia University tracing her way through New York with a well-worn backpack, scratched-up MetroCard, and a youthful curiosity. Except she's not typical. As a Latina computer science major, unfortunately, there is nothing common about her career path. And...

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The Lamp Beside the Golden Door: Protecting Refugee Children at our Borders

(5) Comments | Posted July 27, 2014 | 8:47 PM

Nelson Mandela once said, "We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."

That phrase from the Noble Prize-winning global beacon should be our only mandate as we address the incendiary situation along the border as desperate droves of children fleeing...

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The American Way: STEM Education

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 2:50 PM

As the U.S. soccer team advances out of the "Group of Death" in the 2014 World Cup, I couldn't help but think of the quote before competition started from the U.S. soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who was a star striker for Germany's World Cup-winning team in 1990, "For us talking...

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Don't Call Them Dropouts

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 9:17 AM

According to the recent 2014 Building a GradNation report from America's Promise, the United States has reached an 80 percent high school graduation rate for the first time in history. Truly an accomplishment we need to celebrate!

But wait ...

What about the 20 percent that aren't...

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As We Celebrate Brown vs. BOE, Let's Remember Mendez vs. Westminster

(3) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 5:26 PM

As we all celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the historic Brown vs. Board of Education case which changed America going forward, I made a point of asking friends, acquaintances and even some strangers if they were aware of the Mendez vs. Westminster case.

"I'm not familiar with it." "Never heard...

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CVS Caremark Pharmacy Making Sense and Kicking Butts

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 11:02 AM

Mark Twain famously said, "Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times."

Today, the legendary American wit/writer would have an easier time of quitting smoking thanks to CVS Caremark's announcement last month that the ubiquitous, pharmacy-chain giant will stop...

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Fulfilling MLK's Legacy of Coming Together to Move Forward

(1) Comments | Posted January 19, 2014 | 2:24 PM

With MLK Day as a backdrop, I'm reminded of the inclusiveness of his leadership as he inspired and encouraged contemporaries like Cesar Chavez who was leading the farm worker's movement which also included boycotts and commitment to nonviolence. A month before he was murdered, Dr. King sent Chavez a telegram...

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Immigration Reform Is Counting on House Republicans More Than Ever in 2014

(38) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 4:25 PM

When Republican Mel Martinez abruptly resigned from his position as Chair of the RNC and subsequently his seat in the Senate in 2007, many speculated it was over the tone of the immigration debate inside the GOP. "I believe that not to play this card right would be the destruction...

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This Holiday Season: Fast. Reflect. Pray. Celebrate. Act. Change.

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 4:31 PM

Rudy Lopez and dozens of others in the Fast for Families movement will break their fast today in the tent which has been their home with the Capitol as a backdrop after up to 22 days of fasting in a spiritual effort to fix America's immigration system.

"But this...

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Nano-business: A Little But Fierce Model of Entrepreneurship

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 12:13 PM

As the economy continues to recover the millions of jobs lost during the Great Recession, a big reason for the comeback has been the tremendous growth of small business owners and self employment over the past five years. It appears many who were unemployed decided to stop waiting around for...

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Video Gaming -- A Youth Movement We Need to Get Behind

(7) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 3:45 PM

Video gaming is what rock and roll was in the 1950s. It's a movement. And my generation of middle-agers should know by now that you can't fight a movement -- especially when you were once part of a different movement -- the same way our parents were once part of...

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"How Can I Help?" The Sam Beard Question

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 3:25 PM

My friend, the multi-Emmy-winning journalist Giselle Fernandez, told me she wanted to connect me with someone that was interested in the way my organization executes our mission - especially with youth. I agreed because Giselle has a knack for connecting people with productive outcomes. In addition, I always consider it...

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Offending a Nation of Immigrants

(47) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 5:50 PM

The day after arriving in the United States from Nicaragua at six years old in the 60s, I found myself sitting in a classroom with about 25 first graders who had attended kindergarten and many preschool. I didn't speak or understand a word of English. I felt very alone. The...

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Innovative Leaders of Today, Not Tomorrow

(3) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 4:14 PM

I remember when the study by the Pew Hispanic Center came out where Hispanics were asked an open-ended question to name the person they consider "the most important Latino leader in the country today." Approximately two-thirds (64%) of respondents said they didn't know and an additional 10% said "no one."...

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Cheating in Sports: A Moving Target

(3) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 1:24 PM

As disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong flirts with coming clean about steroids to Oprah and ostensibly all-time greats Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are shut out of the baseball Hall of Fame, the issue of "cheating" has become ubiquitous in sports. Everyone seems disgusted by cheating -- unless it's a different...

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The Great Roberto Clemente

(9) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 2:14 PM

This is a story I wrote for my daughter when she was scared of going to kindergarten a couple of years ago ... I wanted to post it as a tribute to Roberto Clemente, a great ballplayer but greater man who died 40 years ago helping the earthquake victims in...

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A Delicious Recipe for Successful Latina-Owned Small Businesses

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 11:12 AM

Chocolate is one of Mexico's many contributions to the world. There is an ancient Mayan myth that says the cacao beans were given to men by the gods. Mayans were also entrepreneurs with extensive production and distribution of goods and resources outside of their cities. Fast forward to 2012 ......

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