Today, there are about 3 million Hispanic undergraduate students in college. Each student has their unique postsecondary experience. Each have a story of overcoming barriers and challenges. Each have a story of student success
To highlight these stories of student success, the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics launched a Student Voices blog series. The purpose of the series is to showcase the unique college experiences of Hispanic students. These shared stories can serve as a resource for current students, especially first-generation students, to learn more about college life. In addition, it can be beneficial for faculty and university administrators to learn more about the Hispanic undergraduate experience. By celebrating our students’ achievements, this can create pathways for future Hispanic student success by demonstrating what our students are already achieving, while additionally underscoring the potential, and need, for future growth.
No student is the same, and these blog posts highlight the many different paths, obstacles, and dreams of these students as they navigate their way through college. From community college experiences to finding a different career path, this blog series encompasses only a fraction of stories that college students may experience. We hope to share these stories as a way to know that current students are not alone in this experience and to be encouraged and empowered in their postsecondary education experience.
This series will be updated periodically.
To learn more about this series, please contact us at WHIEEH@ed.gov.
The content of these posts reflects the opinions of individuals who wrote it and is not an endorsement or statement from the U.S. Department of Education.
Student Voices Stories:
Stefanie Tellez, Breaking the Community College Stereotype
Carolina Dominguez-Burciaga, Returning the Favor: Why I Chose Higher Education
Enrique Cornejo, Reflections on a Future in Education
Evan Greenwald, The Pathway to Teaching: “Get Involved, Ask Questions”
Bernadette Labrado, Student Teaching Paved the Way for Life in the Classroom
Rebeca Saray Griego, Moving Away From Home for College — Some Advice
Brianna Diaz, On the Road to College: Exploring and Taking Chances
Yaqeline Castro, Discovering a Personal Journey
Crystal Guerva, Falling Into Place
Katherine Cervantes, Follow the Rainbow of Happiness
Valentina Tovar, The Challenge of College
Jonathan Herrera, Mentorship is the Greater Success
Lourdes Bustos, Being the Help in my Community
Monica Maldonado, My Dedication
Lorena Aceves, Trust the Process and Be Proactive
Emily Aguilar, Finding My Destination
Juan Quinonez Zepeda, Constructing Your Own Story
Julia Santiago, My Dream
Walter Ramirez, A Support System to Uplift My Educational Journey