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Latino Poet set to speak at Obama’s inauguration!

Craig Dilger, New York Times

Two words. Richard Blanco. Remember this name because it is going down in the history books! For the first time in our U.S. history, a Latino will be speaking at the President’s inauguration ceremony. But wait, there is more! Richard Blanco, is not only Latino, he is also gay. So for the first time ever in our nation, a gay and Latino poet has been given the honor of speaking at the White House. Republican or Democrat, this is a celebration for all. This moment encapsulates our nation’s move toward truly practicing diversity and inclusion. How you may ask? By allowing inauguration speakers to represent often underrepresented groups in our country.

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About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

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