Universities Try to Catch Up to Their Growing Latinx Populations
Aaron Cantú, The Hechinger Report
The first time Hsiulien Perez attended Indiana University Northwest, she had just graduated from high school and given birth to her first child. Her parents, both immigrants, hadn’t gone to college and couldn’t offer any guidance for navigating day-to-day campus life. After a few semesters, Perez just stopped showing up to classes.
With Latinx expected to make up 28.6 percent of the U.S. population by 2060, and well-paying jobs dwindling for workers who don’t hold bachelor’s degrees, pressure is rising on schools like IU Northwest to tailor their services to help more students like Perez to and through college.