Looking to make Hispanic students feel more welcome on your campus? The solution can be as simple as training faculty members in how to correctly pronounce non-English names.
That’s what El Camino College, a two-year institution in Torrance, Calif., does to improve classroom participation among not only Hispanic students, but Asian students as well. The training program is highlighted in a report, “Modeling HSIs: Campus Practices That Work for Latino Students,” that was released today by Excelencia in Education, a nonprofit policy group.
The report focuses on 12 Hispanic-serving institutions in California, New York, and Texas that have had particular success in both enrolling and graduating Hispanic students. Those colleges and universities use many tried-and-true strategies — like increasing community outreach and bolstering academic support — to improve Hispanic students’ educational outcomes. Doing so, though, requires both strong leadership and savvy use of resources, the report says.
The report is the third in a series on Hispanic-serving institutions, a federal designation granted if at least 25 percent of an institution’s undergraduates are Hispanic. —Elyse Ashburn