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What a desert can teach a Humphrey Fellow?

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What a desert can teach you? This riveting question was coined by Steven Kapoloma, Humphrey Fellow from Malawi, and after I lived thirteen months in USA, nine of them in Phoenix, I feel… Continue reading

Humphrey Fellows launch Raindrops, Ripples and Reflections Legacy Project

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Each year fellows have as final endeavour envisioning a legacy project. Something that expresses their journey and contributes  to future fellows. Raindrops, Ripples and Reflections are the inspiration for Humphrey Fellow’s Legacy Project… Continue reading

An inspiring night with Forest Whitaker

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Last April 22, the ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy brought Forest Whitake as panelist for its event. Most of us know Forest Whitaker from his artistic standpoint. He is… Continue reading

Churches in a Pride Parade?

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Two weeks ago, exactly April 5, I went to the Phoenix Pride Parade. I was impressed by the presence and support of different religious groups. I did not interview any of these religious… Continue reading

Emotional intelligence and leadership

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“Great leaders move us. They ignite our passion and inspire the best in us. When we try to explain why they are so effective, we speak of strategy, vision, or powerful ideas. But… Continue reading

My experience dealing with a language barrier

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My biggest challenge in the United States is the language barrier. Even after a year here, I very often face difficulties in communication. I did not grow up listening to American music or… Continue reading

10 fundraising tips for nonprofits

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I had the privilege to attend the 51st  International Conference on Fundraising held in San Antonio, Texas, by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. From March 23 to 25 , more than three thousand… Continue reading

Mexican and USA border: My trip across stereotypes

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By Ivana Braga As Brazilian, I often hear about people who tried to live the American dream by crossing the boader from Mexico to the USA. In 2005, illegal immigration was main topic… Continue reading

Bill 1062 : Manipulation of Rights and Freedom

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by Ivana Braga I never imagined that the USA could have a law that protects “any individual, association, partnership, corporation, church, religious assembly or institution or other business organization” that refuses to serve other… Continue reading

WordCamp Phoenix: a learning community

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by Ivana Braga Spending a weekend learning about blogging doesn’t look fun at first glance. But, if it is a WordCamp, definitely go for it. My first WordCamp Phoenix took place on January 17-19, in… Continue reading

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