Before Danielle Thomson was our TED Prize researcher, she wrote trivia for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and spent years finding difficult-to-source info for The Late Show with David Letterman. And she has quickly established herself as our staff secret weapon. When one of us can’t get our hands on a piece of information that we need, we turn to Danielle and — voila! — there it is.
We asked Danielle to share some of her best research tips to help you in those “why can’t I find this?” moments. Here’s what she had to say:
When I thought about the American Library Association’s Spectrum Scholarship, I considered it in terms of promoting librarians from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. However, a Spectrum Scholar and former colleague of mine, Tanya Brown-Wirth, wrote this:
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All of our students deserve equal access to educational resources like academic and extracurricular programs, strong teaching, facilities, technology, and instructional materials, no matter their race, color, or national origin.
Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (WHIEEH), will discuss the importance of STEM education for Latinas at the Latinas Think Big Innovation Summit on Friday, Oct. 3, at 3 p.m. PT at Google’s campus in Silicon Valley, California.
In February of this year, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative to ensure that all youth, including boys and young men of color, have opportunities to improve their life outcomes and overcome barriers to success. The initiative aims to bring together government, law enforcement, business, non-profit, philanthropic, faith, and community leaders around shared goals for young people in this country.
“Over the next few years, I believe Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will in many respects become more essential, not less so, to meeting our nation’s educational and economic goals,” Secretary Arne Duncan told those gathered at the 2014 National HBCU Week Conference in Washington, D.C.
The Secretary affirmed the necessity and vitality of HBCUs, and pledged to help ensure that all 105 of these unique and historic American institutions continue to thrive.
Have you voted for your favorite HBCU yet?
The 2014 Tom Joyner Foundation Allstate Quotes for Education Program is waiting for you to vote. There are only 59 days left for your HBCU to possibly win $50,000! That’s right. Go online to TomJoynerFoundation.orgto make sure your voice and vote is cast. At publication time, the top three vote-getters are Grambling State University (last year’s winner), Southern University University, and Tennessee State University. We need everybody to step it up, especially students, alumni and supporters at my beloved HBCUs in Texas!
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