The mission of the Cumbres program is to prepare students through a challenging curriculum and supportive environment to become role models and leaders in the educational community. The ultimate goal is to improve teacher preparation for the instruction of Hispanic students, language minority students, children of poverty, and other diverse populations to eventually increase their graduation rates. With talented and skilled role models in the K-12 classrooms, the academic success of these students will soar, benefiting the individuals, their families, their community, and society as a whole.
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 http://www.EdExcelencia.org/research/2013-what-works-latino-students-higher-education.
Our student staff for 2013-2014:
- Resident Assistant: Samantha Lea
- Resident Hall Mentor: Jorge Anaya-Tinajero
- CHE Academic Advisor: Kacey Hilgenberg
- Cumbres has more than 100 current students seeking licensure endorsements in bilingual instruction and/or English as Second Language (ESL).
- The average Cumbres student Grade Point Average (GPA) exceeds a 3.2 cumulative GPA.
- Each freshman and new student of the program are paired up with a mentor within the University or surrounding community
- More than 50% of Cumbres students are considered to be first-generation college students.
- Cumbres students receive a $1,500 grant each year.
- Cumbres students are recruited from over 73 different high schools.
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
- Center for Human Enrichment
- Cultural Centers