About Alyssa Rodriguez

West Wind Aims to Provide Web Accessibility for All

on November 12th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

In an effort to learn about ways to make websites more accessible to all, I had a conversation with Jonathan Green, Communications Specialist with the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) recently. Thank you to Jonathan for taking the time to share his knowledge. His advice was very helpful with respect…

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Two Latino-Focused Events, This October!

on September 26th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

The  Latino Midwest Symposium and Iowa Latino Conference are taking place in Iowa City October 11-13. The University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, under the direction of three UofI professors (Claire Fox, Omar Valerio-Jimenez and Santiago Vaquera-Vasquez), organized the symposium which features a stellar lineup of academics well-versed…

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Keeping the DREAM Alive

on August 3rd, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

A new online higher education program has given renewed hope to students of undocumented status (or, “DREAMers” as they are affectionately known). On July 30, applications became available to the public for students interested in attending National Dream University, a collective formed by the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and…

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“Take Your Dog to Work” Day–Today and Every Day at West Wind

on June 22nd, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

Friday, June 22, 2012 has been designated as “Take Your Dog to Work Day”. It is said that allowing employees to bring their pet to work can result in increased productivity, satisfaction, morale, and camaraderie. Thankfully, bringing our dogs to work is part of our typical work-week, as they are…

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

on May 10th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

“Whatever we do to strengthen and elevate the teaching profession, we should bear in mind that reforms that fail to heed the voice of teachers are doomed.” Secretary Duncan West Wind took to Twitter (using the below hashtag) to thank some of the influential teachers in our lives. It was…

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HB2281 and the Arizona Politics of Fear

on March 16th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power. –John Steinbeck What seems like a staunchly anti-Mexican, anti-immigrant saturated Arizona agenda has now irrevocably seeped into the state’s education system, risking the success of its many Mexican students. The Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) was denied reinstatement…

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Power Struggle

on February 21st, 2012 in Blog by | 8 Comments

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” -Mark Twain   I recently went to Ecuador…

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Empowering Students through the Iowa Latino Conference

on December 7th, 2011 in Blog by | 11 Comments

Note: Earlier this year, I wrote about the Iowa Latino Conference that I was participating in for the first time.  More recently, I shared the highlights from the October event. From participating in most of  Youth Development Summit planning meetings last Spring, Summer and Fall to attending the two-day conference,…

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Iowa Latin@ Conference Engages, Embraces Growing Population

on November 8th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

  Earlier, we wrote about the planning of the Iowa Latin@ Conference[1]. Every year for the past thirteen years the conference has occurred in a different town across the state – it was Muscatine’s turn in 2011. In just about the same span of time (about 10 years), Iowa’s Hispanic…

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What Binary?

on September 30th, 2011 in Blog by | No Comments

Everyone looks out their own window. White and black make up a spectrum that our society resorts to in conversations of race. By today’s standards, this binary is simply not sufficient. My vacation to the Southwest was a harsh reminder of this. Recently, I returned to the Southwest for a…

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