Archive for July 2017

One question Chicago Public Schools leaders of color need to answer

The one question I would like top Latino and African American leaders of the Chicago Public Schools to answer is this: Do you see the inequality your decisions create among Chicago’s students of color? According to the Pew Research Center, nationally, nearly half of U.S.-born Latinos are younger than 18. The article’s title carries weight:... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools teacher to publish novel

On Saturday, I signed a contract with La Casita Grande Press.  My novel The Hot Mix will be released summer 2019.  The first time I read about what La Casita Grande and publisher Jon Marcantoni aimed to accomplish, I knew this would be a good fit. In an interview with syndicated columnist Esther Cepeda, Marcantoni... Read more »

How first-generation college students should measure success

Thanks to an invitation from my former Chicago Public Schools student now attending Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago, I shared my story of success at an event to encourage first-generation college students, DREAMers, and allies.  You can listen by clicking below. You can “Like” The White Rhino Blog’s Facebook page. Follow me on Twitter @whiterhinoray. To... Read more »

Advice to incoming high-school freshmen: be bold and be kind

About a week ago, Namaste Charter School invited me to be the guest speaker at their commencement ceremony.  This is the speech I prepared: Thank you to Namaste Charter School for the opportunity to take part in this celebration. It’s an honor to be here to celebrate your milestone. Today, you receive a diploma from... Read more »