Alianza Americas brings a speaking tour to Grand Rapids to discuss jobs on both sides of the border

I came to admire the work of Alianza Americas when they were the recipients of a grant from a foundation where I worked, and I have kept in touch with the organization ever since moving to the Midwest. Headquartered in Chicago, Alianza Americas is a network of immigrant organizations across the U.S. that operates withContinue reading “Alianza Americas brings a speaking tour to Grand Rapids to discuss jobs on both sides of the border”

Spanish surnames, indigenous languages

In the United States, the Spanish language is often used as an identifying marker for U.S.-born Latinos and Latin American newcomers, whether they speak it or not — because not all Latinos speak Spanish, and I am not just referring to later-generation descendants of Spanish-speaking people. There are 45 million indigenous people in Latin America, and manyContinue reading “Spanish surnames, indigenous languages”

Alfabetización en español

The word for “literacy” in Spanish is an example of linguistic ingenuity: alfabetización. An invented English translation would be “alphabetization,” or acquisition of the alphabet, the set of building blocks for written communication.   Over the last 10 years I have developed a strong curiosity and academic interest in adult literacy. For children with access to education, learning toContinue reading “Alfabetización en español”