BELatina’s Best of the Week: Access to Education, Latina Scholars, and More

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Here’s a recap of the news you may have missed this week in BELatina’s daily content.


Well, this week turned out not to be as chaotic as Monday promised. We’ve managed to keep our heads above water amidst so much work and so many stories to tell.

From empowering stories about access to education to the curious origins of Aretha Franklin’s song “Respect,” these are our top stories of the week.

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These five Latina scholars are a must on your Twitter feed

Our writer Ana María Enciso has curated a list of five Latina scholars who share their wisdom and good sense of humor on Twitter. Follow Professor Danielle Clealand, Professor G. Cristina Mora, Cynthia Diana Villarreal, Professor Martha Muñoz, and Ana María Porras Corredor and get inspired by their career paths.

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A new study shows Latinx students attend class more if they have Latinx teachers

Another study reinforces what we already knew: the road to success starts with fair representation. In new research published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Michael Gottfried, a professor in Penn GSE’s Education Policy division, along with J. Jacob Kirksey (Texas Tech University) and Tina L. Fletcher (University of Pennsylvania), concluded that Latinx students with Latinx teachers attend school more, a relationship that does not exist for white students.

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A reality few talk about: Back to School season for students with disabilities

Students with disabilities and children with special needs were left behind in many ways when school doors closed, and educators were forced to reinvent their teaching to fit a virtual classroom.

Now, as schools prepare to reopen their doors to face-to-face learning, those same students with disabilities will suffer again, as some of the digital accommodations they became accustomed to will be taken away when they return to school.

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Mexicans have been the structural core of this Florida city for years

Mexicans often feel they are not welcome in the United States. However, the United States owes immense gratitude and respect to Mexico and its citizens.

Mexicans are, without a doubt, some of the hardest workers around. Just look at the hard work on farms or in search and rescue groups like the Topos. They have been a structural core of the past in the United States, especially in Pensacola, Florida.

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Do you know the story of Aretha Franklin’s song “Respect”?

“Respect” is a song we often hear being sung first from the mouths of our mamas who are hell-bent on seeing us get off the couch and giving them a little “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” in the form of meaningful help around the house. Funnily enough, the lyrics for the song, which often give us our first glimpse of strong women with no qualms about expressing their needs, evolved far beyond its origins.