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CMAS Graduate Portfolio Plática: Laura Jean Cortez

Wed, April 20, 2011 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM • Chicano Culture Room (UNB 4.206), Texas Union, The University of Texas at Austin

The Campus Climate of a Border HSI: Redefining Latino Student Success

The number of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) is on the rise. Research suggests that institutions designated as HSIs graduate over fifty percent of Latinos enrolled in college. However, few studies have examined the campus climate of HSIs and how such climate may influence the degree attainment of first-generation, Mexican American students. Considering the instrumental role HSIs have had in advancing the number of Latinos in postsecondary education, this portfolio plática by Laura Jean Cortez investigates the campus climate of an HSI along the U.S.-Mexico Border. By utilizing the theoretical frameworks of "funds of knowledge" and "organizational habitus" this plática focuses on first-generation, Mexican American students, faculty, and administrators from the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA).

Sponsored by: Center for Mexican American Studies


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