The UVU Latino Initiative aims to increase educational and career opportunities for Latino students and their families in our local communities. By networking with community partners, engaging parents and students along the PK-16 educational pathway, and providing culturally sensitive and relevant educational information, UVU is committed to improving services and informing policy decisions concerning access to higher education for the Latino population.
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ (AASCU) Hispanic Student Success Report (2007) revealed six common characteristics of institutions that showed tremendous success in various measurements of Latino student achievement. Their findings suggest that institutions should:
These three areas of impact have been chosen based on a myriad of sources: research concerning various issues related to Latino student success; successful Latino community partnership programs in our state and throughout the nation; feedback from parents, students and community partners about the role of higher education institutions and Latino outreach efforts; and input from faculty and staff who have offered their expertise in Latino student success.
* “Latino” is used when referring to individuals or groups who self-identify as: Latin, Hispanic, Chicana, Mexican-American, Latin American or any other specific identifier according to country of origin in Latin America (e.g. Colombian, Mexican, Peruvian, etc.)
Increase academic and leadership opportunities for Latino youth to prepare for and succeed in the K-16 educational pathway.
PEOPLE of INTEGRITY
Academic Excellence, Leadership & Mentoring
Expand the economic impact of the Latino community by preparing students to be contributors in a variety of careers.
Life & Career Development
Enhance services that validate and celebrate the Latino student, family, community and cultural experiences.
STEWARDS of PLACE
Student, Family, Culture, & Community Enrichment
The Unidos Saldremos Adelante Leadership Program encourages student leadership and engagement within the local Latino community. By identifying Latino students at UVU who desire to serve and inspire younger Latino youth in their communities.
The program informs, supports, and engages the Latino community concerning access to higher education and specifically, Utah Valley University. Not only will a greater number of Latino students be prepared for and informed about UVU, but those involved as mentors will persist toward graduation and overall student success.
Augustin Diaz, UVU Prospective Student Services, 801.863.7101, firstname.lastname@example.org
This conference is a collaboration between UVU, Utah Community Credit Union, and Latinos in Action.
The objectives of this conference include:
Concurrent Enrollment at Utah Valley University has been providing the opportunity for high school students to get an early start on their college education since 1988. Using UVU-approved high school instructors and verified college curriculum, qualified students are able to take advantages of this state-sponsored, tuition-free program.
The academic benefits of Concurrent Enrollment are numerous. Students who participate in the program will develop improved study habits, save tuition money, be more likely to receive post-secondary training, have a higher degree completion rate, and have improved academic outcomes overall. Former Concurrent Enrollment students say one of the largest benefits of the program was the experience itself and the confidence they received after completing even one of the courses.
In 2009, Concurrent Enrollment began a campaign to increase its efforts attract more Latino high school students to the program. The following is a report of those efforts and the goals for 2010.
Spencer Childs, Program Manager-Concurrent Enrollment, 801.863.8376, email@example.com
Utah Valley University Summer Bridge cultivates a diverse community of scholars and prepares them to engage actively with and meet the challenges of a university education. The program supports UVU's commitment to access and excellence by providing students with:
This annual celebration provides the Latino community the chance to gather on behalf of successful Latino youth in the area. The Latin American Celebration includes scholarship and award presentations, dinner and Latin American dance performances. We also encourage donations to the UVU Latino Scholarship Fund for future scholarships.
The objectives of this event include:
Woodbury School of Business, School of Education, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Honors Program, Center for the Advancement of Leadership, Prospective Student Services, Academic Counseling Center, Utah Community Credit Union, Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City, El Azteca, Diego’s Mexican Restaurant and The Hair Connection
Yudi Lewis, UVU Latino Initiative, 801.863.7297, firstname.lastname@example.org
By working with the Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City, UVU Received a total of $48,000 IME Becas Grant (3 years)
These events are held to orient Latino parents and their students to various aspects of UVU, our mission and campus. These events include a presentation of general UVU information, by representatives from UVU departments.
The objectives of these events include:
Yudi Lewis, UVU Latino Initiative, 801.863.7357, email@example.com
The 2009-2010 school year marked the inaugural year of the UVU Latino Legacy performing group. UVU Latino students participate in learning and performing cultural songs and dances from various Latin American countries. This program was created to validate Latino students in their cultural traditions. This program also fosters greater connections between Latino parents and the university experience. Those who can commit to the group share their culture at a variety of festivals, celebrations and the annual UVU Celebración Latinoamericana. This group also hosts song and dance workshops for Latino youth in local schools.
Latino Legacy members become ambassadors for UVU as they visit and perform for schools and community groups. Throughout the region, students are required to maintain a minimum GPA in order to participate in the group, which will encourage student success and retention at UVU.
Moana Angilau, Program Coordinator – Multicultural Student Services, 801.863.6059, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Community Education ESL Program was created during Fall Semester 2008 with the primary goal to provide quality and academically challenging English classes for resident immigrants living in the Utah County community.
We wanted to offer Community Education evening courses to address the needs in our local community. Due to the fact that the vast majority of our students are from Latino descent and speak Spanish, we hired Spanish-speaking employees to assist in recruiting, advising and registering our Community Education students.
Initially, we offered classes at low-beginning and high-beginning levels, but we are now offering classes at low-intermediate and high-intermediate levels, as well. Each semester, several of our students transition from the Community Education ESL Program into the UVU Intensive ESL Program to further their education. Many of them express their desire to eventually obtain a degree from UVU.
James T Pettersson, Professor - ESL General Academics, 801.863.8721, email@example.com