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Vanessa Perez
Vanessa Perez, Ph.D. is a professor of Latino Studies at the City University of New York and a published author. She serves as an Associate Investigator on the City University of New York -- New York State Initiative on Emergent Bilinguals. You can follow her on Twitter @VanessaYPerez.

Entries by Vanessa Perez

Supporting Schools to Improve the Educational Outcomes of Emergent Bilinguals

(36) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 3:38 PM

Co-authored with Laura Ascenzi-Moreno

There is a shift across all levels of bilingual education -- state-wide, district-wide and school-wide -- to view the home language as vital for the academic development of bilingual students. The CUNY-NYSIEB project is one force that supports this shift from seeing bilingualism as...

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Celebrating 99 years of Julia de Burgos

(13) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 7:27 AM

On July 5, 1953, in the early morning hours, two New York City police officers spotted a figure lying unconscious in the street near the corner of 5th Avenue and 106th St. in East Harlem. As they approached, they saw it was a towering woman, 5 feet 10 inches, with...

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Feeding the Femicide Machine in Mexico

(21) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 10:56 AM

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is a day to address violence by raising public awareness and holding governments accountable. We should remember the 400-plus murders and disappearances of women since 1993 in the town of Juárez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas.

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Campus Borders: Forcing Good Students Underground is a Lose, Lose for Higher Education in Georgia

(17) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 3:50 PM

Yovany Díaz is not your typical college student. He swam across the Río Grande when he was eight to reach America, worked as a busboy after school and learned English in a frightened blaze at a school in Johns Creek, Georgia where he excelled in all his classes.

But his...

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Are Immigrants Really All that Funny? Sofia Vergara Denied an Emmy, Again

(42) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 8:24 PM

"No? That wasn't any better?" my mother would asked. "Say it one more time."

"Chip, ship, sheep." These three little words had distinct sounds and meanings when I said them. They lost all distinction when my mother would repeat them after me. I laughed. My mother would join in...

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Education, Equality, Freedom

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 1:55 PM

As Labor Day approaches, students across the nation prepare to head back to campus. For many undocumented students, the dream of accessing an education remains out of reach even with President Obama's Deferred Action Policy in...

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Film Review of We Women Warriors: Tejiendo Sabiduria

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 10:13 AM

In Nicole Karsin's debut documentary weaving provides a metaphor for the unity between indigenous people in Colombia whose communities and lands are threatened by violence and armed conflict. The film follows three women activists who assume leadership positions in their tribal governments to protect their community, customs, and lands -...

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Movie Review of Pelotero (Ballplayer 2012), a story of perseverance and dreams

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 10:52 AM

Dirt streets. Zinc shacks. Barefoot children with baseball bats. Pelotero (Ballplayer 2012) is a story of perseverance and dreams, ones that might take these aspiring athletes to play in the major leagues.

The film, shot over nine months by co-directors Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin and Jon Paley, tells the...

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Field of Dreams

(23) Comments | Posted March 31, 2012 | 3:22 PM

Over 20 years ago, when my friend Ana was brought to this country at the age of three, her Mexican parents were pursuing the American Dream. Today, at 24, Ana is still chasing it. Against all odds, she recently graduated from the City University of New York (CUNY). After successfully...

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