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2020 NEIU Distinguished Alumnus Award–virtual gala today! October 17, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

I was blessed to be nominated with the highest honor the university confers–2020 NEIU Distinguished Alumnus. This is not a ‘humble-brag post,” but a virtual thanks. I’m grateful to all involved in this decision which came unexpectedly.  A bittersweet celebration in these COVID-19 times where it isn’t safe to travel or to hold events.  I look forward to a year away when we may celebrate with family and friends.  Because the gala was cancelled and the…

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La Tolteca 2.0 Issue #8: Teaching, learning & thriving during a Pandemic October 16, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

La Tolteca 2.0                                                                     October 16. 2020 We are in the 11th hour in these United States regarding presidential elections.  The world is experiencing a deadly viral pandemic and everywhere there are natural catastrophes, mostly due to climate change that end displacing communities.…

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Sí, pendeja. We do care. August 26, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

  Einstein Visa Awardee Melania Trump (who worked illegally in this country and after her powerful husband arranged a visa which thereby deprived a truly brilliant person of a visa, and immediately after, she brought over her parents, who last night said she came here, studied and worked hard to get her citizenship) and who mainly regards each official business appearance as a fashion photo shoot may have been going for the Elizabeth II WWII,…

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Nat’l Poetry Month: ‘These Times’ April 2, 2020 – Posted in: Blog

In recognition of National Poetry here is a poem I written in 2018 in commemoration of the first African American woman president at my alma mater in Chicago, NEIU.  I had the distinct honor to read it at her inauguration ceremony.  Enjoy! These Times   I   In these times, you and I share, amidst the air you and I breathe, inspiration we take from day to day thriving, opposition we meet, the sacred conch…

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