A Steady Stream of Latino Students Were Arriving on College Campuses. Then the Pandemic Hit.
Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Hannah Natanson, and John D. Harden, The Washington Post
Julianna Alvarez, 17, had it all worked out. She would get into John Jay College of Criminal Justice this fall. She would pay tuition by winning a merit scholarship. After becoming the first person in her family to graduate college, she’d spend her life helping “the whole world.”
Then the pandemic hit. Alvarez’s mother lost her restaurant job, and Alvarez had to care for her younger siblings. Her grades began to plummet, leaving Alvarez questioning her college plans altogether.
The steady stream of Latino students arriving on college campuses in recent years has been a bright spot in higher education, but some worry the pandemic could threaten those gains.