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Our Mission:

The Cumbres Teacher Preparation Program recruits, supports and mentors undergraduate students who pursue a degree in education (Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary or Special Education) and who also declare an endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL) to work with and support our growing numbers of linguistically and culturally diverse students in K-12 education.

** For details regarding program requirements, please refer to the Program tab **

Each year, Excelencia in Education releases the What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education Compendium. As part of the 2013 Compendium, we highlighted a number of programs that are conducting evidenced-based work in helping Latino students in a culturally competent way. Cumbres is highlighted in our essay section, entitled Culturally Compelling Strategies for Latino Students.   You can access the 2013 Compendium on our website at

Our student staff for 2013-2014:

  • Resident Assistant: Samantha Lea
  • Resident Hall Mentor: Jorge Anaya-Tinajero
  • CHE Academic Advisor: Kacey Hilgenberg

Cumbres Facts

  • Cumbres has more than 80 current students seeking licensure endorsements in English as Second Language (ESL).
  • The average Cumbres student Grade Point Average (GPA) exceeds a 3.2 cumulative GPA.
  • More than 50% of Cumbres students are considered to be first-generation college students.
  • Cumbres students receive a $1,500 grant each year.

Some Cumbres students are members of UNC's:

  • Boettcher's Scholars
  • Daniel's Fund Scholars
  • Presidential Leadership Program.
  • University Honors Program
  • McNair Scholars Program
  • Stryker Institute for Leadership Development
  • Greek Life
  • ResLife
  • Center for Human Enrichment
  • Cultural Centers

CUMBRES News and Upcoming Events

  • Check out our video promoting Cumbres!!!