Senior Research Associate at the Pew Hispanic Center spoke about his latest research report and a brief dialogue highlighting research on Latino retention and successful strategies by panel discussion. Richard Fry, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Associate at the Pew Hispanic Center and a recognized expert in the analysis of U.S. education and demographic data sets. He has published more than 35 articles and monographs on the characteristics of U.S. racial, ethnic and immigrant populations. His latest research found 24% growth in Latino college enrollment from 2009 to 2010. The presentation was on the evening of Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at Northeastern Illinois University Alumni Hall.
ENLACE Social Fridays
Met at N Restaurant on the last Friday of some months in 2011 to share and network.
Student Volunteers Making a Difference
January-June 2011, a team of volunteers were at Clemente High School, an ENLACE partner that for 6 years has had promising results enhancing retention. See the LINKS page for: “Pairing Motivational Interviewing with Adventure-Challenge Education: A Promising Strategy for Improving High School Retention.” Also, check out the service learning initiative: Play for Peace which has been taking place with NEIU support ever since 2003.
This event took place on December 16 at Rios D'Sudamerica Restaurant with over 70 participants. Present were other ENLACE Fellows, and distinguished guests—ENLACISTAS ENLAZADOS (inter-connected). On 11/29 they returned from a Study Tour in Costa Rica, an intensive 10 days visiting universities & schools. Graduation was on Sunday, December 19, 2010.
On Tuesday, October 19, NEIU Trustee Chair Carlos Azcoitia and ENLACE Fellow Janice Mejia attended the National Education Summit and Call to Action for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. They were present at the Signing Ceremony for the White House Initiative Executive Order, held in the East Room of the White House. Janice is an NEIU graduate student, who has been doing her ENLACE Practicum as a Summer 2010 intern for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
In March 2010, Dr. Santos Rivera was appointed by Governor Quinn to serve on the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Dr. Rivera brings over three decades of experience in higher education and valuable insight and understanding that will be of great benefit to the State of Illinois. He is a founding member of the Illinois LAtino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE) and has an extensive roster of academic presentations and publications.
In December 2009, the Governor Quinn appointed Marvin Garcia to be a Trustee of Northeastern Illinois University. As a result, he resigned from the ENLACE Leadership Institute’s Advisory Council in order to fulfill the requirements of this appointment. In this new capacity, Mr. Garcia, who brings years of expertise in educational leadership focusing on capacity building and professional developing, will add valuable insight and knowledge. He has been a leader in alternative schools in Chicago and is on staff at the Alternative Schools Network.
Building on the strength of the New Mexico and Illinois ENLACE Programs, the Corporation for National & Community Service and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will be announcing their decision for proposals submitted for an ambitious initiative focusing on success and retention for the K-16 educational pipeline for Latinos and the development of educational leaders. A total of sixty-four AmeriCorps members will be recruited (full time & part time) and provided with leadership training, professional development and service-learning opportunities. If funded, applications forms will be available by July 2010.
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 N. St. Louis, LWH 3036
Chicago, IL 60625
College of Education
Miguel A. Cambray
Latino and Latin American Resource Center
Gabriel A. Cortez
Higher Education Leadership
ENLACE Fellows Advisor
Francisco X. Gaytán
Social Work Program
Victor M. Montañez
GEAR UP Curie High School Site Liaison
Program Coordinator, ELI
Program Director, CTC
College of Education
Marcelo O. Sztainberg
Interim Dean, Graduate College
Computer Science Department
Coordinator Bilingual Bicultural Programs