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Author Archives: Veronica Cool

Afraid of coronavirus? Public charge?

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There are approximately 600,000 Latinos in Maryland and about 60 million in the U.S., according to 2018 census estimates. I believe the numbers are much higher, with many more Latinos living and working here. They contribute to our everyday economy, ...

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Let’s all get counted

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Unless you’ve been living in a cave you know the 2020 census is coming. Basically, every 10 years, the United States government counts every single human being living within our borders. Regardless of age, legal status, language, ability — everyone counts. ...

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To Iceland and back: New beginnings

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Yes, a new year has begun. The perfect time for transitions, fresh starts – in short, time to reflect and begin with a clean slate. Coinciding with the new year, I’ve just returned from Iceland, a foreign land so foreign ...

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In 2020, how can I …?

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I just finished the last of my Thanksgiving leftovers and am knee-deep in managing my children’s gift expectations. But I’m also juggling calls from several acquaintances asking, “How can I …”?  Insert “start transitioning out of my role into something ...

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Being a Trojan horse, and code-switching

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A while ago, I had the privilege of presenting at the Women Spanning the Globe WTCI Conference on a panel of female rock stars, including Monica Mitchell, Charisse Ford and Cynthia King.  We addressed various topics around leadership styles, supporting ...

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Latino culture, beyond heritage month

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Hispanic Heritage Month, which started Sept. 15, has wrapped up. It was a great time of celebration and acknowledgement. But one of my personal pet peeves is how quickly the pendulum swings and the interest fizzles out. I appreciate the ...

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Should we even discuss Hispanic Heritage Month? 

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In light of the news — wall, immigration crisis, separated families and deportations — should we be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month? Yes. There are 60 million Latinos in the United States. Some of our ancestors were here before the United ...

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Traveling tips, Thailand and baby elephants too

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I write this on hour No. 4 of a 13-hour trans-Pacific flight after a five-hour flight from Bangkok to Beijing. Exhausting? Yes! Circadian rhythm completely busted? Yes! But I won’t trade it. The opportunity to explore the world, adventure through ...

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