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Conducting research on recruiting and serving Latino students, cultivating a safe community on campus, and using data to implement student support initiatives were some of the strategies discussed during Excelencia in Education’s Accelerating Latino Student Success (ALASS) Institute gathering.

Those attending the institute had the opportunity to learn how to grow or enhance their own Latino student support programs by assessing strategies in advancing Latino student’s success.

Presenters acknowledged that much of their programs’ successes resulted from providing culturally responsive orientation and summer programs, building confidence in students, and advancing support services across departments.

“Engaging full-time and adjunct faculty as part of this effort is critical as they are the group on campus that meets with students on a daily basis”, said Dr. Isis Artze-Vega, assistant vice president of Teaching and Learning at the Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

As a result of the efforts of the Examples of Excelencia, there was evidence of closing achievement gaps, higher retention rates of Latino students, increased graduate education pursuit, and an increase from 0.5 to 5 percent of Latino participation in the Educational and Research Internship Program at the University of Puerto Rico.

Excelencia in Education president, Sarita E. Brown, stated that “What we do on the ground matters. It’s going to take all of us, and then some.”

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