What makes you special? – Mariana Atencio

This TEDx Talk is amazing and REALLY made me reflect on how I look at and perceive others.  She reflects on a very unique childhood that her father provided her and her sister.  They traveled the world, experienced what is like to be “different” then what it is like to fit in.  This could easily be a great lesson on social emotional learning where you students can sit back, think, and then reflect on how they look at others.  Use this to build a culture in your school or classroom of love, compassion, and empathy.

Here is Mariana’s bio copied from TEDx Nevada.

Mariana Atencio is a Peabody Award-winning journalist, currently a national correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. The Huffington Post called her ‘our Latina Christiane Amanpour’ and Jorge Ramos wrote: ‘Mariana is the next-gen voice for Latinos breaking all barriers.’ Mariana is known for combining in-studio work and high profile interviews like Pope Francis, with tenacious field reporting all over the world, covering youth-led protests in places like Ferguson, Mexico, Haiti and Hong Kong.

An immigrant from Venezuela who fled violence and censorship, Mariana’s passion lies in telling stories that promote understanding and give a voice to undercovered communities. She anchored the series “Searching for the Latino Voter” during the 2016 election; “#SOSVenezuela” about the crisis in her native country and ‘PRESSured’ a one-hour documentary on press freedom in Latin America. Mariana is a millennial journalist leading the next generation of storytellers.

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