Latinas from a Husky Perspective

Ernie Abreu, Lisette Espinal, and Alexis Ruiz: We will be rationalizing how Latinas are stereotyped from the perspective of college students at the University of Connecticut. Our goal is to identify the stereotypes that exist in the UConn community and compare those stereotypes to the ones that we have discussed in class throughout the semester. Through this, we can raise awareness of the misrepresentation of Latinas at UConn.

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Outline

  • When you think of a Latina, what is the first word that comes to mind?
  • List characteristics of a Latina?
  • How diverse were the schools that you attended growing up? Where were these schools (states, countries)?
  • Ask the Latina: Do you feel like you have to fit the mold of the Latino stereotype? Do you think that there is truth to those stereotypes? How do you think that the pressures of the Latina stereotypes affect the way you behave/carry yourself?
  • What do you think is the percentage of Latinos at UConn? Latinas? And Why?
  • How do you think Latinas in the Greek community break or affirm the stereotypes of the Latina?
  • What attracts Latinas to a school like UConn? To stay at UConn? How does UConn try to retain their Latino population?

Editorial

Is there anything that really made Latinos want to come to the University of Connecticut? From what we have been hearing, there isn’t. Is that why Latinos only make up 6-7 percent of the undergraduate population here? Well then why are we still here? What keeps up coming back to UConn? Imagine the culture shock coming to a predominantly Caucasian school where little is offered to us to really make us feel welcomed and at home.

It might actually surprise you to know that the initiatives and programs that the University of Connecticut offers Latinos are what really keep their Latino students coming back. Programs such as B.A.I.L.E. (Bringing Awareness Into Latino Ethnicities), and L.S.A. (Latino Student Association) keep Latinos in touch with their roots. Organizations such as fraternities and sororities like La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc., Lambda Theta Alpha, Latin Sorority, Inc., Lambda Theta Phi, Latin Fraternity, Inc., Latino America Unida, Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity, Inc., Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc., and Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc.
 give the Latinos on campus a small family and support system when they need it most. Even other academic groups such as S.H.P.E. (Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers) allowing those with engineering interests to get together and help each other which increases success, especially in such a difficult science major.

The Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center is what many of the Latinos here at the University of Connecticut call their home away from home. They go there to study, relax, catch up with friends, and even take naps in between classes. It is where many of them feel most comfortable and least judged. We’re retaining Latino students but we need to improve our methods of attracting them.

What is the University doing to target and encourage Latinos to come here? These are questions we should be asking. We need to promote all that UConn offers its Latino undergraduates because it does have some great programs that could be even better with the right push.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

 – Confucius

References

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Public Information Office. (2011, March 24). United States census 2010. Retrieved from http://2010.census.gov/news/releases/operations/cb11-cn125.html

Zaldivar, R. A., & Tompson, T. (2010). Retrieved from http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/education/2010-07-30-poll-hispanic-college_N.htm

White, M. (2012). Latino students face barriers to higher education. Retrieved from http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765586240/Latino-students-face-barriers-to-higher-education.html?pg=all

College Affordability in California at Risk for Latinos | HispanicallySpeakingNews.com.(n.d.).Hispanic News Horoscope, Sports, Health | HispanicallySpeakingNews.com. Retrieved December 10, 2012, from http://www.hispanicallyspeakingnews.com/latino-daily-news/details/college-affordability-in-california-risk-for-latinos-and-other-minorit/7561/

Llenas, B. (Marc). Retrieved from http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/community/2012/03/19/one-in-three-latinos-fail-to-graduate-from-high-school/

Reitz, S. (n.d.). UConn Sees Strong Growth in Enrollment, Retention of Latino Students | UConn Today. UConn Today. Retrieved December 10, 2012, from http://today.uconn.edu/blog/2012/05/uconn-sees-strong-growth-in-enrollment-retention-of-latino-students/

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