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Martin Meraz Garcia

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Chicano Education


Latina/o’s represent the largest college going minority in America, yet only 15 out of 100 students will graduate a 4-year institution (Castellanos & Gloria 2007). Latina/o’s have been identified as the minority in the United States but now represent the majority of the minority. With the demand for higher education and degrees, this study explores whether or not higher education institutions in the U.S are fully prepared for the increase of diversity. Being the second largest ethnic group, this work attempts to identify addressing possible barriers that make it harder for students, specifically Latino students achieve higher education. Barriers such as skills needed, financial limitations, family or cultural boundaries, gender expectations and possible micro-aggression found with the lack of diverse teachers. This study assesses how could lowering the barriers for future Latina/o students help their path to higher education?

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