Building a Culture of Inclusiveness That Supports the Latinx Student

Building a Culture of Inclusiveness That Supports the Latinx Student

Maricela Gonzalez-Martinez (South Texas College, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4108-1.ch009
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Large disparities exist in educational achievement gaps between minority student and other ethnicities. Texas state agencies, funding institutions, policymakers, and educators are strategizing to address these issues. Through retention initiatives, focused on integrating mentoring components, and grant funding, leaders hope to increase minority student retention and completion. Based on the findings from a phenomenological study of Hispanic male students at a community college in South Texas, which incorporates retentions initiatives and mentoring services, it is the author's contention that building a culture of inclusiveness can have positive effects on student success.
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The Latino(a) population has become the largest and fastest growing minority group in the United States (Greenwood, 2012; Baltimore, n.d.). In 2018, the U.S. Hispanic population reached an all-time record of 5.9 million (Flores, Lopez, and Krogstad, 2019). The following table is adapted from this report.

Figure 1.

Source: Flores, Lopez & Krogstad (2019).

This growth is impacting higher education, and it is time administrators start looking at the data and use that information to redesign student services to support the minority student. Minority students or students of color are grossly underrepresented in higher education (Baltimore, n.d.). One way to move the needle to ensure minority students are enrolling and, more importantly, persisting, institutions of higher education should understand the Latino culture.

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