An advocate for others

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Read our full Commencement coverage.Veronica Gloria ’15 first arrived at Harvard “like a spy.”“I was very quiet and would pay attention to everything. I’d listen to how people talked and formed their ideas and watched how they networked,” she said. “I wasn’t yet doing any of that. I was just watching.”Growing up the daughter of Mexican immigrants in Joliet, Ill., Gloria always felt visible because of her ethnicity, and invisible for the same reason. “Joliet is a diverse suburb, but it’s also pretty segregated,” she said. “Growing up there, the demographics were changing very quickly, and [are] still changing to this day. I remember going to school with several classmates and teachers who would say uninformed things about immigrants and people of color because they didn’t understand what that change meant.”At Harvard, Gloria felt especially singular: She’s one of a small cadre of first-generation college students.Encouraged by her brother to apply to the University, Gloria said she had internalized some high school teachers’ words: that she wouldn’t go far. But her brother insisted, telling her that he wanted to see her name and Harvard’s on the same piece of paper, whether it was an acceptance or a rejection.A self-described “nerd,” Gloria said that even at a young age she knew she wanted to be a bridge between minority and immigrant communities and the rest of society. “I thought, how can we understand each other, and how can we move together toward justice?”Gloria hit the ground running at Harvard, where she said she learned the terminology to better talk about immigrant and minority issues. She joined the student groups Fuerza Latina and Act on a Dream, mentored local immigrant students through the College Access Program, and served on the executive board of the new First Generation Student Union. While Harvard offered lots of resources for students, Gloria noticed “a lot of first-gen and Latino students still were feeling marginalized and were falling through the cracks of an institution that is in the process of learning how to support a diverse student body.”So she helped set up meetings between administrators and students who would relay their struggles. The concern, she said, was, “Even though we’ve made it to a place with a lot of resources, how do we navigate these resources, and how are they still not meeting our needs?”She found herself the chosen advocate among her peers, who’d arrive at her doorstep to discuss their experiences. This spurred Gloria to take a deeper look. She set up a focus group and shared her findings with Harvard University Health Services on the mental health of Latino students. Gloria was inspired to “bring together an intergenerational task force, [Advocating] for Latinx Studies at Harvard,” she said. “This task force has brought a lot of energy and conversations that look very promising for making change soon.”After graduation, Gloria will head to Puebla, Mexico, to work with local communities as part of the University of Southern California’s Latino Mental Health Research Training Program.“At times I’ve felt isolated, but I just had to go with my gut and keep pushing and pursuing the things that I knew mattered,” she said. “And I learned how sharing our stories and raising our voices can be empowering.“I hope that through my work and other students’ initiatives we can make resources more accessible and more supportive, because a lot of us have talent, ideas, and good things to offer. If given the possibility and support, we can really run with it.”last_img read more

National Guard Detonates Ordnance At Jefferson Range

first_imgNEW MARION, Ind. – Some members of the Indiana Air National Guard spent Tuesday detonating ordnance at the Jefferson Range. The blasts occurred throughout the day.Jefferson Range Scheduler Joahnna Siebenthal said, “We are required to clean up any ordnance that may be potentially hazardous out here. We are disposing of that.”“So, if it appears as if the ordnance has some kind of active charge left in it we have an EOD team that will dispose of that. They just blow it up right in place so it is no longer hazardous.”last_img

The Latest: Italian and Catalan MotoGP races postponed

first_img April 7, 2020 The country is expected to remain under lockdown until April 26.Javier Tebas says other scenarios are also being studied. They include having the European competitions restarting only by the end of June and not conflicting with the domestic leagues.Tebas says it is very likely the league will restart with games in empty stadiums and that matches in venues with reduced capacity will also eventually be an option.The league president says it has been “impossible” to reach a deal with players on the salary reductions needed to reduce the financial impact of the crisis but he expects the majority of the clubs to reach agreements with players.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Italian and Catalan MotoGP races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. South Korea’s professional baseball league says it hopes to start practice games between teams on April 21 before possibly opening the season in early May.The Korea Baseball Organization says the plans are contingent on the country’s coronavirus caseload continuing to slow.The KBO will advise players to wear face masks in locker rooms and require them to download smartphone apps to report their daily health status to league officials.South Korea reported 47 new cases for the second consecutive day as infections continued to wane in the worst-hit city of Daegu. Those are the smallest daily jumps since Feb. 20. The country was reporting about 500 new cases per day in early March.But there’s still concern over infections linked to passengers arriving from overseas. The motorcycling series has yet to start its season. Eight MotoGP races have now been called off because of the virus.The Italian Grand Prix was scheduled for May 31 at the Mugello Circuit and would have been followed the next weekend by the race at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.Organizers say new dates for those races “cannot be confirmed until it becomes clearer when exactly it will be possible to hold the events.”___The president of the Spanish soccer league says he is not contemplating returning to action before the end of May.center_img Associated Press The Latest: Italian and Catalan MotoGP races postponed The KBO announced last month that it was postponing the start of its season but that it still hoped to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule. It then said it could ban spectators from games when infection risks were high.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Global Reviews: Monitoring sports betting brand impacts between mobile & desktop experiences

first_imgShare Tabcorp double burdened by covid and group impairment charges August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020center_img Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Why is there such a difference for Paddy Power?On both desktop and mobile, the top reason for considering Paddy Power was familiarity with the brand name. In fact, in both cases, this reason ranked higher than the average with 55% on desktop and 63% on mobile. This in itself is a strength for Paddy Power in that their name alone is a carrier for being considered as a brand to place a bet through.The next most common reason for considering Paddy Power amongst desktop users is the good odds/offers. This is not the case amongst mobile users. To better understand why this is the case we looked at the online experience for locating the betting options. On desktop site, the evaluation of locating the betting options was much higher than on the mobile site. On desktop punters evaluated the experience at 50% compared to 38% on mobile. Far more people encountered a problem whilst locating betting options when using the mobile site than using the desktop site.Information about the odds on offer is of great importance for punters when they’re using betting sites with punters rating it at 4.4/5 for importance. If this information is not easily accessible as appears to be the case on the Paddy Power mobile site, then punters will consider other brands and place their bets through another site.Paddy Power is not alone here. Betfair has the opposite problem whereby punters experienced fewer problems on their mobile site than on their desktop site and this is reflected in the number of punters considering them across the 2 devices.As a general rule, straight replication of a site across devices is not recommended and rarely works. Even so, it is important to review how each site is performing and where they may be falling short against each other.Learning from yourself can be just as beneficial as learning from competitors and can make a difference in the online experience presented to customers._____________________Suzy Sliwczynski – Marketing Manager – Global Reviews Submit Suzy SliwczynskiSuzy Sliwczynski Marketing Manager at user experience and digital consultancy Global Reviews breaks down sports betting brand factors with regards to consumer intent and engagement on desktop and mobile experiences. In an ultra-saturated market does branding count towards a consumer’s final choice and purchase?_____________________When placing a bet online, there are many considerations that punters go through when they are shortlisting brands to decide which website they will ultimately place a bet with. The top criteria for many punters is being familiar with the brand name and a site that has good odds/offers. Whilst these are the top 2 reasons for considering a brand, there are variances in preferences when using a desktop or mobile device.For those researching and betting on a desktop computer having good odds/offers is on par with being familiar with the brand name coming in at 53% and 52% respectively. Meanwhile, those researching on a mobile device are more likely to consider a brand because of familiarity with the name (53%) rather than a brand that has good odds/offers (41%).A visually appealing website and previous use are the next most common reasons for shortlisting a brand for those on desktop computers. Previous use also ranks highly for those on mobile devices along with the site appearing to look easy to use.These small differences in what makes a punter consider one brand over another is reflected in which brands are put on the shortlist.Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and William Hill are by far the most considered brands overall, however, there is a bit of a difference between devices. On desktop the 3 brands are within 1% of each other with Ladbrokes and William Hill both on 51% and Paddy Power on 50%. For those on mobile devices, Paddy Power does not rate as closely. William Hill and Ladbrokes are considered by 47% and 46% respectively, while Paddy Power sits further behind on 38% putting them just 3 points ahead of Sky Bet and Bet365 compared to the 14-point difference on desktop.last_img read more