In positive news, actress Eva Longoria recently graduated with a Master’s degree in Chicano Studies from Cal State Northridge.
She titled her thesis “Success STEMS From Diversity: The Value of Latinas in STEM Careers.” “STEM” is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. The petite actress also has a bachelor’s of science degree in kinesiology from Texas A&M University, according to IMDB.
Longoria celebrated the happy occasion with none other than her parents, friends and family.
“In my cap and gown with mom and dad! I look like Harry Potter!” she wrote, posting another pic. And friends in the Twitterverse and online were quick to send her congrats.
In case anyone is interested, here are a few extra resources on STEM and diversity:
I’m having a little trouble embedding the list into this post. You can try to click the image icon here, or just click the link above :o)
My school next year is super tech-heavy - definitely going to peruse these!
I have been discussing Sexuality and Sexuality in the Media with my students. We have touched up tons of topics from gender roles to safe sex to relationships to advertisements to contraceptives to STDs.
Their activity today was to create their own advertisement that gave a positive message or reminder that increases knowledge and/or awareness.
These were some of my faves, I loved them all nonetheless. Click on the image to see them in a larger mode :)
Tip for all my student readers: if you’re too lazy to use a bibliography creator like NoodleBib or RefWorks, let Google generate your bibliography entries for you. All you have to do is google the article/book title in Google Scholar, click “cite” at the bottom of the search result, and copy either the MLA, APA, or Chicago cite into your word document.
omg. why did i not know of this before. THIS IS SO USEFUL.
A beautiful rant about misguided public science education and how the fear of punishment kills curiosity, especially for minorities because they tend to receive harsher punishments, and for the poor because punishments end up being harsher on them when something like bail ends up putting their families even farther in debt.
In regards to 16 year old Kiera Wilmot’s case, there is a petition going around to drop the charges against her:
Passage from The Diary of Anne Frank that parents of 7th and 8th grade students are claiming is “too graphic” and “too pornographic” to appear in classrooms. Instead, they argue, a censored version of the book should be taught if it is to be taught at all.
Gail Horalek, the parent who filed a formal complaint with her daughter’s school district in Northville, Michigan, added:
If they watch any kind of movie with a swear word in it, I have to sign a permission slip. It doesn’t mean my child is sheltered, it doesn’t mean I live in a bubble, and it doesn’t mean I’m trying to ban books.
Yes, it does. If it’s “too graphic” for middle school aged kids to read about a body part in a diary written by a girl of the same age, those kids are sheltered. Acknowledging that vaginas exist and babies come out of them isn’t pornographic, especially when many middle school aged kids can and do have sex, sometimes resulting in a pregnancy. Somehow, though, it’s more offensive than Nazis systematically murdering over 12 million human-beings in concentration camps, forcing slave labor, starving millions until dead, lining people up and shooting them in the street, and doing horrific medical experiments on unwilling participants.
Yeah, we are failing our children. Telling them that their bodies are too graphic to be talked about while being totes okay with having them learn about the genocide of millions of people in concentration camps.
I read this book when I was ten, right before my family moved to Germany, for a class project at the suggestion of my mom. And, truly, I can’t imagine being introduced to the Holocaust in a better way. Not only was it written by a girl who was only 4 years older than me but I could relate to her and see the humanity in her writing. Learning about what happened to Anne Frank and how she and her family and friends tried to hide taught me about an incredibly difficult, and, yes, graphic stain on history in a way that I could understand at 10 years old.
I read it again in 8th grade. And it had an even profounder impact on me than the first time because I had been to the camps, I’d been to the Anne Frank House.
Kids SHOULD read this book. They should read it.
STOP SHELTERING THESE CHILDREN
YOU ARE SETTING THEM UP FOR FUTURE IDIOCY(via sourcedumal)
YES YOU ALL BETTER PREACH
I know I’ve told this story before, but my abusive ex refused to let me take birth control. I was on the pill until he found them in my purse.
I went to the Student Health Center—they were completely unhelpful, choosing to lecture me about the importance of safe sex (recommending condoms) instead of actually listening to my problem.
Then I went to Planned Parenthood. The Nurse Practitioner took one look at my fading bruises and stopped the exam. She called in the doctor. The doctor came in and simply asked me: “Are you ready to leave him?” When I denied that I was being abused, she didn’t argue with me. She just asked me what I needed. I said I need a birth control method that my boyfriend couldn’t detect. She recommended a few options and we decided on Depo.
When I told her that my boyfriend read my emails and listened to my phone messages and was known to follow me, she suggested to do the Depo injections at off hours when the clinic was normally closed. She made a note in my chart and instructed the front desk never to leave messages for me—instead, she programmed her personal cell phone number into my phone under the name “Nora”. She told me she would call me to schedule my appointments; she wouldn’t leave a message, but I should call her back when I was able to.
And that was it. No judgment. No lecture. She walked me to the door and told me to call her day or night if I needed anything. That she lived 5 blocks from campus and would come get me. That I wasn’t alone. That she just wanted me to be safe.
I never called her to come to my rescue. But I have no doubt that she would have come if I had called. She kept me on Depo for a year, giving me those monthly injections in secret, helping me prevent a desperately unwanted pregnancy.
I cannot thank Planned Parenthood enough for the work they do.” —Curious Georgiana (via ifonechitiri-g)