Why do Black and Latino male graduation rates lag behind?
To understand the answer, EAB researchers spoke to 30+ experts on college campuses throughout the nation. What we learned is that, as a distinct minority on campuses that are predominantly white and female, Black and Latino men struggle to find a sense of belonging and a supportive community on campus. They almost never share a room with more than one or two others who look like them, whether students, faculty, or staff. They feel isolated and alone, unsure who to turn to when they face common student struggles like homesickness or rethinking their choice of major.
This isn’t a new problem. It’s why many institutions are focusing now on rethinking their enrollment strategy and on diversifying the faculty and staff through inclusive hiring practices. But these are long-term strategies. In the short term, college leaders need to invest in the relationships Black and Latino male students already have. EAB identified three critical relationships: relationships with peers, relationships with mentors and role models, and relationships with parents and families (who might not be on campus, but still play an important role in supporting the student journey).
Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2023
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Wales 203B
Hosted by: Dr. Carol Ross-Scott
Please Register Online.
Submitted by: Deena Price