Maria Contreras-Sweet was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday to head the Small Business Administration. Contreras-Sweet, whose family immigrated from Mexico when she was a child, becomes the second Hispanic Cabinet member in President Barack Obama’s second-term Administration.
Contreras-Sweet founded and has served as chairwoman of Pro-América Bank, a community bank that primarily serves small- to medium-size Latino businesses in Los Angeles. In 1999, she became California’s first Latina Cabinet secretary, heading the Department of Business, Transportation and Housing under former Gray Davis.
“When I was nominated by the president for this position, it became very clear to me that many people in the public were interested in my life and the challenges I had faced,” she tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross. “… And I also realized that much of the public perception of who I was and what had happened to me was not quite complete.”
In her memoir, My Beloved World, Sotomayor recounts growing up poor in the South Bronx; living with juvenile diabetes, a chronic disease; being raised by a single mother after her father, who was an alcoholic, died; and struggling to get a good education in spite of the odds. It became a best-seller when it was published last year and has just come out in paperback.
Read the full interview conducted by NPR Books & an excerpt from her memoir here:
“Hecho en America” celebrates Latinos achieving the American Dream. Features Jessica Alba, Senator Marco Rubio, George Lopez, Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chavez, Christina Aguilera and more.
The news special, from mun2 News, that is subtitled in Spanish continues the networks showcase of the personal success stories of Latinos who are changing politics, culture and business in the U.S
Watch the full video here: http://www.mun2.tv/node/1853806
Read more about “Hecho en America” and mun2 here.
What Is Take Dartmouth Home?
Take Dartmouth Home is a program that allows you to visit the high school you attended (or other high schools in your area) to share your Dartmouth experience with prospective applicants in your community. You are an official representative of Dartmouth College, and the Admissions office can help provide you with tools to speak at your at your high school.
When it comes to the recruitment and retention of Latino students, we need to start early and be as involved as possible.
We need to work to convince such students that acceptance to colleges such as Dartmouth is a real possibility — and it begins with simple things such as going in to talk to students in your local community!
Anything that you can do to help put information in the hands of students becomes really important.
Without a doubt, Latino education is on the rise. Let’s make sure Dartmouth has a part in this.
What an amazing Dartmouth Latin@ Heritage Month 2013!
While we’ve had Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations in the past, this month marks our inaugural year of hosting our unique Dartmouth Latin@ Heritage Month. This was an entire, full month of activities from Oct. 3rd to Nov. 2nd.
Thank you to all the individual students, faculty, staff, student groups, departments, programs, and offices, for your support, sponsorship, collaboration and event coordination!
This was such an incredible effort by the entire community of which we can all be proud!
As a reminder of all of the great work that went into this month here is a calendar of most of the events connected to the month (please write to me if we’re missing any!):
Oct. 3rd – Obama’s Second Inaugural poet Richard Blanco:
Writing workshop at LALACS
Public Reading and Q&A
Oct. 5th – “The Dream Is Now” Documentary Screening
Oct. 15-16th – Poet Wendy Guerra
Bilingual Poetry Reading
Public Reading and Lecture
Oct. 15th – OPAL’s Week in Community –
Playing with Bias (The Psychology Behind Stereotypes)
Oct.16th – What Are You (Latino Identity Discussion)
Oct. 18th – Pulitzer Prize Winner: Junot Diaz
“This is How You Lose Her”
Reading, Lecture, and Q&A
Oct. 19th – Lambda Upsilon Lambda, Fraternity Inc. –
Noche Dorada: “Immigration Reform”
Oct. 21st – Cathleen Caron ’92-
“Cross-Border Justice & the Migrant Worker”
Oct. 22nd – LAPS & Prof. Doug Irwin
“A Tale of Two Countries and Two Policies”
Chile and Venezuela, Neoliberalism and Economic Populism
Oct. 24th – Cuban filmmaker Marilyn Solaya –
“In the Wrong Body”
Oct. 31st – Prof. Louise Walker –
“Mexico’s Middle Classes after 1968:
History of Economic and Political Crisis”
Nov. 1st – Dia De Los Muertos Altar Ceremony
Nov 2nd – Latin@ Heritage Month Closing Ceremony
Special thank you to the various sponsors and organizers for these events, including:
The Latino American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies Program, the Spanish and Portuguese Department, the History Department, the Women and Gender Studies Department, the Center for Professional Development, the Leslie Center for the Humanities, The Rockefeller Center, SPEC, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Sigma Lambda Upsilon, La Alianza Latina @Dartmouth, Latin American Political Society, Voces Unidas, Teach for America, the Office of Pluralism and Leadership, the LGBTQ Advising Office, the Office of Latina/o Student Advising, the Latina/o Community Interns, and the Latin@ Advisory Council