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About the Conference

Latin@ Educational Issues Conference
Beloit College
Friday, April 13, 2012
6pm-9pm (6pm Moore Lounge in Pearsons, 7pm WAC Classrooms)

free and open to the public

Latin@s are the fastest-growing segment of the United States population.

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau data (Guzman 2001), the Latin@ population increased by about 58 percent, from 22 million in 1990 to 35 million in 2000, compared with an increase of about 13 percent for the total U.S. population. In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the number of Latin@s to be about 50.5 million, or about 16 percent of the U.S. population, up 43 percent from the 2000 census. The increase of over 15 million Latin@s from 2000 to 2010 accounted for more than half of the total population increase in the U.S. during that time (Humes, Jones, and Ramirez 2011). As these data reflect, the proportion of the U.S. population that is Latin@ is increasing over time.

Additionally, data collected in 2009 by the U.S. Department of Education indicate that a substantial proportion of Latin@s students in grades 4 (37 percent) and 8 (21 percent) are English language learners. These two facts—the growing size of the Latin@ population in the United States and the percentage of fourth- and eighth-grade Hispanic students that are English language learners—underlie the achievement gap between Latin@ and White fourth- and eighth-graders. Closing the Latin@-White achievement gap remains a challenge. While Latin@ students’ average scores have increased across the assessment years, White students had higher scores, on average, on all assessments.

*Information taken from the National Center for Education Statistics

At Beloit College, a group of 21 students have embarked on the first campus and community wide Latin@ Educational Issues Conference.  These students are all enrolled in a course entitled, "Identity, Education and Agency: U.S. Latin@ Issues."  As their final project, they present this bilingual conference to you as a mutual learning experience for all of us.

Please join us on Friday, April 13th from 6-9pm on the Beloit College campus.  You can stay for the entire event or just stop by when you have an hour to spare.  

Here's to raising awareness and engaging in research that helps to close the achievement gap!

Ánimo!
Dra. Aurora