Miscommunication: Hispanic youth wrongfully diagnosed

Hispanic bilingual students are being hindered academically in Arizona and across the country, because some speech-language pathologists do not have the resources or training necessary to correctly diagnose speech disorders in children. As students come to school for the first time, they go through various screenings to ensure they are developing at a standard rate. This is…

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There’s more to agave than tequila

  You can sip me, you can eat me and you can moisturize with me—what am I? The agave plant. Today, this plant is widely known as the key ingredient in the alcoholic beverage that is taken with lime and salt or mixed in to make margaritas, but agave has a much greater importance in…

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Arizona sex education falls short

Arizona ranks third worst in the nation when it comes to comprehensive sex education curriculum, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2016 School Health Profile. The state does not have a law that requires schools to teach sex education or sexually transmitted disease education, but it does mandate that any sex ed…

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How does sexual assault impact minorities?

Nationwide studies of sexual assault indicate that racial minorities, transgender people and people with disabilities are targets of sexual violence at greater rates than the general population. The studies, conducted at universities, health centers and hospitals across the nation, all support one emergent truth: that sexual violence, and the harmful psychological impacts of it, fall…

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The exceptional difficulty of prosecuting rape

  Sexual assault remains the most underreported and underprosecuted violent crime in the United States. Of the small fraction of incidents that are reported, even fewer incidents actually result in investigations, charges and convictions. “It’s extremely underreported, both on and off campus,” said Rene Hernandez, police officer and crime prevention specialist at the University of…

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Sexual harassment movement sparks start-ups

  Social media brought the #MeToo movement to life, but the creation of start-ups combating sexual harassment in the workplace might be the final outcome. Startups, such as AllVoices, provide anonymous reports and data to companies that could face sexual harassment in the workplace. By providing these anonymous reports, companies can address the problem before…

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Machismo:  Is this the beginning of the end?

For generations, the term machismo has been widespread and instilled among Latino families. This “norm,” defined by Merriam-Webster as “an exaggerated or exhilarating sense of power or strength,” is accepted and expected from men. But critics say it violates women’s educational, political and sexual rights. Often, Latinas are expected to fulfill and prioritize their roles as wives…

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Once reluctant, women begin to run for office

  Women make up roughly 50 percent of the United States. Yet they are only represented by 20 percent of Congress — 22 percent in the Senate and 19 percent in the House of Representatives. While women are qualified candidates and have proved that they can raise enough money to campaign, they just aren’t running. This…

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