Author Archive

February 15, 2012

Does merit pay really increase teacher rentention?

educationviews.org

In an effort to keep teachers in classrooms longer especially in hard-to staff schools, many districts across the country are experimenting with incentive programs. But does offering teachers more money make them less likely to leave the profession? 

read more »

February 15, 2012

How do you motivate people…the answer isn’t money.

by Adriana Villavicencio

We know how it’s supposed to work: If you want people to perform better, reward them with bonuses, merit pay, and commissions while threatening them with negative consequences if they fail. Businesses rely on this system of carrots and sticks to work. But it doesn’t.

According to Daniel Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, there is a fundamental mismatch between what science knows and what business does. His work examines five decades of behavioral science that shows incentives don’t work in the way we think they do. And sometimes, they do exactly the opposite.  

read more »

February 13, 2012

Appropriate office attire

Have you ever stared into your closet and wondered, “Can I get away with wearing sequins?” Okay, maybe sequins aren’t your thing, but what really is appropriate for the office? Are panty hose a must? Is cleavage a no-no?

read more »

February 7, 2012

United States University: Latinos serving Latinos

Spotlight: Your Educational Opportunities

by Adriana Villavicencio

Photo: United States University

According to the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center, only 19.2 percent of Latinos have a college degree, less than half the national average of 41 percent.

There are many factors contributing to this, including language barriers, occupation and family responsibilities, and perhaps the most daunting: rising tuition costs. However, there are credible, affordable options to make higher education more accessible for traditionally under-served communities of students, including Latino students.

read more »

February 1, 2012

Is there a right way to break up with a friend?

Many of us pick up different friends along our individual paths through college, different jobs, and sometimes different cities. Sometimes, we know these friends will be around for a lifetime and sometimes, they are an important but not permanent part of our journey.  

read more »

January 31, 2012

What it takes to get into college

For many students, dreams of college never become a reality. Sometimes, even when they are able to get the right grades and test scores to gain admission, they aren’t able to make it to graduation.

read more »

January 31, 2012

Shifting identities: Hispanic or Latino?

by Adriana Villavicencio

In 2011, the Los Angeles Times made it official: The term [Latino] in virtually all cases is the appropriate choice over Hispanic. In response, readers chimed in with personal preferences, public attacks, and historical explanations going back to the Aztecs.

Over the last few decades, these terms have become contentious as politics change and identites shifts. Below is a primer on the terms themselves and reasons they manage to elicit such emotion.

read more »

January 23, 2012

Latino stereotypes on TV: the good, the bad, and the ugly

by Adriana Villavicencio

Most Latinos can agree that we all want more Latinos on TV. Seeing ourselves represented in popular media can do a lot to uplift our collective view of Latinos and alter the misconceptions of others—not to mention entertain us.

read more »

January 18, 2012

Balancing beauty: body image and Latinas

by Adriana Villavicencio

When I was in high school, I was surrounded by affluent adolescent white girls whose typical bodies ranged from thin to extremely thin. I “adjusted” by taking on a 1,200 calorie-diet and exercising two hours a day. Needless to say, I dropped weight. Also needless to say, I was suffering from an eating disorder and poor body image.

While there is evidence to suggest that Latinas are much more confident about their curves, a 2011 study showed that over two thirds (70 percent) of Hispanic or Latina women desired to be smaller (compared to 48 percent of African Americans) regardless of their actual Body Mass Index (BMI). Even more alarming, “normal weight Latina women” perceived themselves as overweight or obese 100 percent of the time (compared to only 61 percent of African American women).

read more »

December 29, 2011

New Year’s around the world

by Adriana Villavicencio

With New Year’s Eve just a few days away, many of us are gearing up for a celebration. Whether those celebrations are quiet evenings at home watching the ball drop on TV while sipping un taza de chocolate or full-on parrandas under a big glitzy ball with a bunch of other decked out revelers, each of us will ring in 2012 in our own way and watch others around the world do the same.

read more »

%d bloggers like this: