Lga 2nd Annual Academic Pathways Conference

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Latina/o Graduate Association says
For many Latina/os across the US, graduate studies is a daunting and at times an impossible choice. According to the 2009 National Center for Education Statistics, 6% of the Latina/o population received Master’s degrees, 3% received doctorate degrees. Specific to Mexican Americans, .2% of the population received PhDs. This of course is problematized when considering that in 2004, "self-identified [Latina/o] faculty comprised a mere 3.38% of the total number of faculty members in the United States," (Urrieta and Chávez 222). Because of this particular status quo, the purpose of the Academic Pathways Conference is to illuminate pathways to graduate school by connecting students with resources to better navigate the undergraduate to graduate process. Sessions will focus on reflecting the Latina/o experiences and challenges through narratives from current students and faculty, workshops on professional development, and networking opportunities with community members in the greater Denver area. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from guest speakers who, despite their varied careers, continue to hold Latina/o college access and opportunity an important priority. The objectives for the conference are to have participants have a greater understanding of what goes into considering a graduate program as well as challenges and support systems for Latina/o students in graduate school. Participants will hopefully leave the conference feeling energized and inspired to continue challenging the status quo and make graduate school possible and attainable.
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By: Latina/o Graduate Association

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