Brenda Benitez

Guest Blogger

Intern, Education Post

Chicago, Illinois

Brenda Benitez is an intern at Education Post. She recently graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, California, where she studied public policy with a concentration in psychology.

She is passionate about education and immigration reform. Thanks to scholarships for both high school and college, Brenda had the opportunity to attend high-performing private schools. Her interest in education is born of the realization that too few low-income students have access to this type of education. Furthermore, her own family’s struggle with the immigration system inspired her to be active in the immigration reform movement since a young age.

Brenda is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and grew up in Chicago, Illinois with her 4 brothers and sisters.

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Posted Sep. 7, 2016

Here’s What Schools Can Do to Ensure Every Student Feels Like They Belong

Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, I’ve seen many of my friends mourn the loss of a loved…

By Brenda Benitez

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Posted Aug. 5, 2016

How Puppets, Books and Cooking Made a Summer of Learning for My Little Sister

After a nearly hour-long commute home, I walk into the living room and sit down next to my little brother…

By Brenda Benitez

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Posted Feb. 26, 2021

February Is Black History Month. Periodt.

I swear I wasn’t trying to end Black History Month with white people and skinfolk that ain’t kinfolk foolery but … Yesterday my homie, Dr.…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Feb. 26, 2021

Want a National Effort to Combat COVID Learning Loss? Study Your Black History.

We know all too well Black and brown students in marginalized communities are now bearing the brunt of the pandemic’s effect on schools—with inadequate technology,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Feb. 24, 2021

Meet Newark’s Own Amanda Gorman, Seventh Grade Poet Makayla Brown

A month ago, as Amanda Gorman shared her beautiful prose during President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration, students at KIPP Rise Academy in Newark had…

By Laura Waters

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