Commitment to Diversity
Thursday, May 1st, 2014
Latina/o students’ experiences of success at UNC and beyond
Presented by Latina/o UNC students. Brown Bag Session sponsored by the CEBS Diversity and Equity Committee.
The purpose of this event is to provide an opportunity for faculty, student affairs professionals and staff to learn from the experiences of underrepresented Latina/o college students in a predominantly White campus and environment. We will discuss challenges these Latina/o students have encountered at UNC, how they have managed these and become successful academically and professionally.
Consistent with the CEBS Diversity and Equity Framework, this event is designed to increase diversity awareness and help us work towards greater equity and social justice in our university campus and the communities we serve.
This session is co-sponsored by the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.
Date: Thursday, May 1st, 2014
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Candelaria 1375
Dr. Aldo Romero,
Susana de la Torre
Valerie Lovato (MA-2010, BA-07)
Fabián García (BA-11)
The 2010 census confirmed the demographic reality that Latinos have become the largest ethnic/racial group in the United States, representing approximately 16% of the total population. By the year 2020, Latinos are projected to represent close to 25% of the 18-29 year-old U.S. population. That same year, the nation’s public high schools will collectively produce almost 200,000 more Latino graduates (Hoover, 2013). The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the number of Latinos will almost triple by 2050 and will represent about 60% of the country’s growth with about 128 million Latinos making up 29% of the total projected 440 million U.S. population (Passel, 2008). Today, Latinos are not only the largest and fastest growing ethnic/racial group, they are also the most underrepresented population in postsecondary education in the U.S. in comparison with their White, Asian and Black age group counterparts. While the number of college-age 18-24 year-old Latina/os continues to increase, their college enrollment and graduation rates are not increasing in similar proportions (Villalpando, 2010).
It is critical that college leaders and educators recognize these demographic trends and understand the composition of a growing diverse student body so we can ensure that Latino students have access, persist, and graduate from college.