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The Teaching of Latino Studies

April 17-18, 2009
Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, in collaboration with Cornell College and Lake Forest College

Note: This workshop has already taken place. See the pages that follow for links to material from the workshop.

Conference Overview

The overall aim of the Teaching of Latino Studies Conference was to give participants the opportunity to discuss how their respective campuses are preparing for the growing pool of Latino/a applicants who can further diversify ACM campuses and to better educate through curricula their non-Latino student bodies about the largest and fastest growing minority group in the United States.

More specific goals of the workshop were to:

Participants of the ACM Latino Studies Conference benefited in various ways from the conference.

Demographic Background

The Pew Hispanic Center reports: "The Latino population, already the nation's largest minority group, will triple in size and will account for most of the nation's population growth from 2005 through 2050. Hispanics will make up 29% of the U.S. population in 2050, compared with 14% in 2005." ("U.S. Population Projections: 2005-2050." Pew Hispanic Center.)

Because of these changes in demographics, Latinos will comprise a growing percentage of students seeking admission into institutions of higher learning. In fact, the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education projects that between 2004-05 and 2014-15 the United States will see almost 207,000 more Hispanic high school graduates (an increase of 54 percent), but only about 12,000 more Black non-Hispanic graduates (an increase of 3 percent) and nearly 197,000 fewer White non-Hispanic graduates (a decline of 11 percent). (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. "Knocking at the College Door. Projections of High School Graduates by State and Race/Ethnicity 1992-2022." March 2008.

Conference Organizers

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