As I have started to work and present for various groups, I tend to split my work into two focuses- answering two questions. The first is how do we help Latinos get to college? The second and, for me the more important one, is how do we get Latinos through college? Because to me, if Latinos students are getting to college, but not making it through the consequences can be detrimental to their future. It's about student loans, returning home perhaps with a feeling of falling short etc. And it's also about the fact that educational demands are shifting and future jobs will require post baccalaureate training.
I am starting to work with various groups to really focus on this: how do we (as individuals, communities, and institutions) help Latinos get through college?
The most powerful tool that we have to start, shift or continue the conversations is to delve deeper into what it means to be a Latino college student in 2017. For this, I recently sat down with Yamilex Molina, a senior in college, who shared with me her experience. She's a Latina, a first-generation college student and American. She's overcome a number of obstacles to fulfill her dream of walking across the stage during her college graduation ceremony. Take a listen to the podcast on our students & parents resource page. Learn about how she has managed to push ahead and stay true to her dreams. It's honest, raw and powerful.