In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, the Thomson Reuters Institute is pleased to produce a four-part series on identity, inequality, and access to justice in contemporary American society. Our aim is to unite professionals, policymakers, academics and more for a series of earnest dialogues around the modern-day Latinx experience. Our second installment highlights access to education concerns for the Latinx community.
Despite accounting for over 18% of the US population and experiencing an uptick in representation within higher education, overall entrance and retention numbers for Hispanic and Latinx constituents pale in comparison to their peers. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 63% of Hispanic high school students enrolled in college within the past two years, a number on par with their Black peers (62%), but significantly behind that of whites (68%) and Asians (78%). Furthermore, as numerous studies have shown, the fact that so many Hispanic and Latinx students are among the first in their families to attend college suggests considerably steeper odds of accessing higher-paying jobs and sectors or having a robust support network of resources and allies. This session takes an earnest look at both continued barriers to educational access and pervasive cultural challenges defining modern-day Latinx experience. Our panel will outline practical solutions for helping Latinx constituents transition from college to career.
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