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Universities try to catch up to their growing Latinx populations – The Hechinger Report

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“Across the country, many universities are seeing similar increases [to Latinx populations]. Between 2000 and 2015, the number of Latinx college students more than doubled, to 3 million. Their share of overall college enrollment rose between 1996 and 2016 from 8 to 19 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.”

by Aaron Cantú, The Hechinger Report, June 4, 2019

One thing that will continue to catch my attention is how colleges and universities will adapt to a new profile of students that don’t self-identify as a minority. The minoritization experience, which serves to reinforce white supremacy, will likely be challenged by those who have a stronger sense of self among those who wish to define their Latinx experiences.

“Although Latinx students are not monolithic, they tend to graduate from lower-performing high schools that leave them less prepared for college. Compared to black and white students who don’t identify as Latinx, they are less likely to have parents who attended college.”

by Aaron Cantú, The Hechinger Report, June 4, 2019

One area that all colleges can and should address is how to help build cultural capital among the parents with Latinx students in college. Given the convergence of low-income and working poor students attending college, and that Latinx students are one the groups who take out loans at one of the highest rates, these parents may not understand the financial commitment it will take to be competitive with their peers looking for internships and jobs after graduation.

Read more at Universities try to catch up to their growing Latinx populations by Aaron Cantú in The Hechinger Report. Part of WiFi (What I Find Interesting) Wednesday.


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