Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

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Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

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MORE U.S. STUDENTS WANTED, SAYS MEXICAN AMBASSADOR - The ambassador from Mexico to the U.S. is very enthusiastic about student exchanges. "We should have a lot more of our students coming to study at U.S. uni- versities, and many more U.S. students should be studying in ours. Student exchanges are the heart of interna- tional understanding," Ambassador Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza told rae after a panel discussion at the D.C.- based Migration Policy Institution on April 5. Does he see a problem if Mexico's best and brightest come here and stay on, never to return? The ambassador frowned for a moment then smiled. "In the end, it doesn't really matter," he said. "Our economies are so intertwined."

THE WISE LATINA'S BOOK - ASK FOR ADVICE BUT DO IT YOURSELF-Yes, Sonia Sotomayor is the history-making first Latina Supreme Court justice. Yes, she is now famous and popularly seen as a liberal. Yes, she is known as the "Wise Latina" - a controver- sial-enough term to titillate some. All these inake good reasons to include her book My Beloved World on your summer's must-read list. But in fact, you should actually READ every word of the book because it is charming, illuminating, thoroughly authentic, dramatic, touching and inspiring no matter what your background. In the telling of her life story, Sotomayor leaves no room for "yes buts." Her successes came the hard way. She is grateful for the lessons learned and eager to share them. Τλ? stand out: 1) ask for advice - from teachers, bosses and "the best students in the class"; 2) in die end, the only one who can do what you need to be done is yourself. That lesson was learned early when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and her shocked family realized she would have to get an insulin shot every day for the rest of her life. None of lier family was physically able to do it. So at 8 YEARS OLD, she realized the lesson that set her up the rest of her life - .1 I she had to be responsible for herself. No excuses.

LATINOS' RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY MAKES THE NEWS, WITH ONE EXCEPTION - The April 15 Time magazine cover story on latino "Evangélicos"' reported that by 2030, only 50 percent of Hispanic-heritage Americans will be _ Catholic. According to the Pew Forum on Religion, rapidly growing percentages of Latinos are becoming evangelicals. But the multipage cover story does not mention the huge surge of Hispanics into die Mormon Church. …

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