Category: Student Views

Measuring 21st Century Skills

Educators everywhere are talking about how we need to be teaching “21st century skills.” But what do these skills include exactly? While different stakeholders have different definitions of…

Untold Stories of the Past and Future

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As I read Los comentarios reales de los Incas (1609), the work of the great Peruvian chronicler Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, I could easily imagine him as a young man, reunited with…

Keiko Fujimori Finds a Refuge in Trumpism

Growing up, I was often shuttled between the United States and Peru, where most of my time was spent in the back of taxis, listening to the radio as we languished away in Lima’s traffic jams…

The Neglected Sector: Agriculture in Peru

As a Peruvian student who grew up in a country that praises itself for its diversity of agricultural production and where more than a quarter of the population works in agriculture…

From Tteokguk to Tamales

I was born and raised in Guatemala to South Korean parents. A simple desayuno típico chapín (Guatemalan breakfast which includes eggs, beans, plantains, tortillas and coffee) is my…

Sharing: a Powerful Tool to Overcome Uncertainty

I boarded the panga (a small boat used by fishermen), with the same apprehension that I felt about my arrival to Rio Quito, a tiny municipality on the banks of the rushing Atrato river in…

Getting Things Done

What do the president of a development bank, a career civil servant and a Harvard undergraduate at Harvard have in common? With a keen interest in development finance, Sergio…

Vote Buying in Brazilian Elections

How much does a vote cost? Political machines from Chicago to Rome have long struggled to find a definitive answer to this question. If a politician or a party has the financial…

Lessons from Those Who Make Learning Possible

Entering the classroom for the first time is always challenging, regardless of whether you are a student or an educator. For most instructors in Higher Education in Latin America, that…

An Educational Calamity

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Not long after the first cases of Covid-19 appeared in the news in early 2020, I was preparing to attend Teach For All’s Potential Partner Immersion Training in Nepal. As one of the co-founders…

Resiliency in Uncertainty

As the Covid-19 pandemic raged across the globe, educators and policy makers were put in the position of making difficult decisions based on little information. As a student in Fernando…

Harvard’s Farmland Investments in Brazil

In the Spring of 2021, I came across a group of international researchers and activists who had been investigating Harvard’s farmland investments in Brazil and worldwide. As a member of the…

Learning and Hope in Sinaloa

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Adapting to the challenges of grad school while also working a full-time job and raising children in a pandemic has not been easy. But with great effort comes reward. And by far, the…

Has Brazil Recovered? Wait, Not so Fast…

Every time I opened the newspaper recently, I encountered exciting news about Brazil, my home country. The economy grew 1.2 percent in the first quarter of 2021, returning to pre-pandemic…

A Review of Linda Ronstadt’s “Canciones de Mi Padre”

With the help of Spotify’s Discover Weekly, a friend’s recommendation, or some other source I can’t recall, I was introduced to the music of the Stone Poneys early in high school. Though the songs reappeared on playlist after playlist for years, I only learned the name of the woman on the cover — Linda Ronstadt…

The Accordion Experience in Public Spaces

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It was not easy to begin my doctoral program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design when the world is changing at rates that I had never witnessed before. The remote mode gave me the…

The Rock Salt of the Earth

In Maceió, my hometown in Brazil, adding to the Covid-19 crisis, my community has been concerned about how to handle the crisis generated by the rock salt extractive business that so far

Connecting Boston with Latin America

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From the very beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, our social, academic and cultural gatherings took a 180 degree turn. The conferences we used to go to and the spaces for networking had to

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