Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Chicanos/Latinos in higher education: this is what we found.

Grads illustration The irony is that all but one of these public colleges and universities — UC San Diego — has achieved Hispanic Serving Institution status.

Velasquez , Ph.D., is chair of the San Diego Latino Concilio on Higher Education and lives in Serra Mesa. Ochoa , Ed.D., is chair of the San Diego Latino Coalition on Education and lives in Linda Vista. Both are retired Chicano educators.

The San Diego Chicano/Latino Concilio on Higher Education, better known as the San Diego Concilio, is a coalition of faculty, staff and students. We have advocated for access and success among Chicanos/Latinos in our local colleges and universities for over 30 years.

In early 2021, after establishing a dialogue with all of the colleges and universities in San Diego County, we began to document the current status of local Chicanos/Latinos in these institutions. We requested a variety of data — public, not confidential, information — from each of the three public universities and eight community colleges in San Diego. Our request reflected six areas related to access and success for Chicano/Latino students: (1) institutional mission and leadership, (2) student enrollment, (3) student success, (4) faculty composition, (5) institutional support for Chicano/Latino Studies, […]

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