Blog: Latino Ed Beat

Latino Ed Beat Blog Announces Change

For the past two and a half years, I have had the honor of writing the Latino Ed Beat blog and working with the talented staff at the Education Writers Association.

I have always believed that with education, comes power. This is especially true for the Latino community. My passion for writing about the issues facing Latino students was born out of my own Mexican American background on my mother’s side. 

EWA will now be running the blog in house, and I will no longer be writing for Latino Ed Beat. But I did want to share a few thoughts before I depart.

Seek to report stories about the challenges faced by Latino students. But also remember to tell the success stories. Remember that you hold the power to shape views on this important and growing population.

There are so many stories to tell, and I hope you fight to tell them. 

I am not stepping away from my passion for education. I am blessed to work at a law firm that has a foundation dedicated to running several education programs. 

One is the Bickel & Brewer Future Leaders Program, an academic enrichment program that works with mostly economically disadvantaged Latino and black students who attend the Dallas Independent School District. KERA Radio recently reported on the program.

I have had the privilege of getting to know some of these great students, some of whom have gone on to win Gates and Questbridge scholarships and are now beginning to graduate from college.

The second program is the Bickel & Brewer Latino Institute for Human Rights at New York University School of Law. Every year, the Institute awards two full-tuition scholarships to law students who pledge to work for at least two years in public interest law serving the Latino community. I would encourage anyone considering entering the field to apply. 

I hope to pursue other creative writing projects, time permitting, in the future. If you would like to reach me, please feel free to email me at kunmuth@gmail.com.