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Latino / LatinX

The largest and fastest-growing minority group in the United States, the Latino/LatinX population reflects a rich diversity even within its own community.

LatinX/Latinos trace their origin or descent to Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and other countries in Central and South America.

Representing 20 nationalities, LatinX/Latinos comprised 13.27 percent of the U.S. population in 2005, compared to 9 percent in 1990. The U.S. Census projects that the LatinX population will double by the year 2050, the result of both high birth rates and immigration.

LatinX/Latinos were among the early exploreres and settlers of the New World. Their presence can be traced as far back as the early 1500s. In 1609, 11 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Mestizo (Indian and Spanish) ancestors settled in what is now Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Several historical events also shaped LatinX presence in America: the Louisiana Purchase, the admission of Florida and Texas into the Union, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo which ended the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War, the Mexican Revolution, labor shortages during World Wars I and II, the Cuban Revolution, and political instability in Central and South America in the recent past.

LatinX/Latinos are changing the composition of cities and states from coast to coast and influencing all segments of American life. At the same time, too many LatinX students face significant challenges in our public schools.

Many factors contribute to the educational achievement of Hispanic students; however, there are three dominant issues that significantly impact LatinX student achievement: poverty, immigration status, and English language proficiency.

These issues are closely correlated and may sometimes appear insurmountable, but they are not. Many schools throughout the country are implementing strategies to successfully help LatinX students overcome these challenges.


Help Wanted: Seeking Latino students to pursue math and science fields

The National Education Association is accelerating the dialogue to engage and increase the number of Latino K-16 and graduate students in the field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen joined leading experts today at the “Nuestro Futuro 2010 Latino Education Conference on STEM” to promote best practices to attract more Latino talent into STEM fields.  En Español

Building a Nation of Hope for Latino Childen

NEA-MCO is a proud sponsor of the National Latino Children’s Institute’s upcoming summit, “Building a Nation of Hope for Latino Childen”.

Presidential Proclamation--Cesar Chavez Day

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Education is key to Latino Success

NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen pointed out that Hispanics are changing the composition of cities and states from coast-to-coast and influencing all aspects of American life but that education still remains the key to opportunity.

NEA-MCO is a proud sponsor of The Almanac of Latino Politics

NEA collaborated with the US Hispanic Leadership Institute to sponsor a special report to the Almanac entitled “The Emerging Power of Ethnic/Racial Minorities in Congressional Elections.”

Hispanic Serving Institutions

NEA has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. 

Lily Eskelson, VP represented the NEA and Dr. Antonio Flores, President of HACU signed the agreement before 300 HSI presidents, faculty and staff. 

It establishes the framework for the work of the two organizations. There are more than 400 HSIs and more than 2,000 school districts where Hispanics make up more than 25% of student enrollment. 

Through the agreement Lily will represent the NEA on HACU’s Hispanic Serving School District Advisory Council, working to build links between the two organizations to close the achievement gaps, increase graduation rates and lower the drop out rate. 

You can find state by state information on HACU here.

Hispanic Serving Institutions
The champions of Hispanic success in higher education. State by state information.
Hispanic communities face educational issues similar to other minority groups, including the need for adequate funding for schools serving minority and disadvantaged students
Promoting employment and economic opportunities
There are 41.8 million Hispanics in America, representing 14.2 percent of the U.S. population, with estimates for growth to nearly 20 percent by the year 2050


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