Latinos are the fastest-growing student population in America.
Recognizing this growth, Lumina Foundations Latino Student Success
effort is focused on increasing Latinos educational attainment for the
future of the nation. The Foundation is pleased to work alongside Excelencia
in Education and FSG to provide technical assistance and evaluation
support to all grantees working to increase Latino student success. Last
night in Washington, D.C., at the Celebración de
Lumina Foundations Program Officer Tina Gridiron Smith joined Sarita E.
Brown and Deborah A. Santiago of Excelencia in recognizing the
innovative projects of 13 communities in 11 states.
Lumina is pleased to acknowledge the great work and leadership of local
champions all across the country. Over the past six months, Lumina has
provided technical assistance and support to these 13 communities as
they have refined and developed Latino student success projects. The
cohort is now ready for implementation, and the projects proposed seek
to increase the educational attainment for more than 200,000 students
touched by this effort over the next four years. This investment in
Latino student success is designed to strengthen local collaborative
ventures that promise to improve the postsecondary attainment of Latino
Through this grant investment, Lumina is providing a total of $11.5
million over a four year period to 13 different partnerships. The
partnerships will leverage community leaders across key policy,
education, business and nonprofit sectors to build, implement and
sustain college preparation, access and success strategies for Latino
Luminas Latino Student Success effort is grounded in two concepts: a
commitment to Latino student success for reasons of equity, economic
stability and national competitiveness, and the power of local
partnerships as framed by the Collective
Impact Model, said Lumina Foundation President and CEO Jamie
Merisotis. This effort is an integral part of our commitment to Goal
At more than 50 million, by 2025, half of the nations workers will be
of Latino descent. At that time, 63 percent of all jobs in the United
States will require some form of postsecondary education or training,
according to labor economist Anthony Carnevale of the Georgetown
University Center on Education and the Workforce.
Luminas Latino Student Success effort enables us to focus on a task
that is at once a serious challenge and a priceless opportunity:
increasing college attainment for more Latino students, said Sarita
Brown, president of Excelencia in Education. This effort will
not only enhance the lives of Latino students but will help to ensure a
bright future for all Americans.
The success of this effort is a key driver on the road to reach all
national college attainment goals.
About Lumina Foundation: Lumina Foundation, an Indianapolis-based
private foundation, is committed to enrolling and graduating more
students from collegeespecially 21st century students: low-income
students, students of color, first-generation students and adult
learners. Luminas goal is to increase the percentage of Americans who
hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina
pursues Goal 2025 in three ways: by identifying and supporting effective
practice, through public policy advocacy, and by using our
communications and convening power to build public will for change. For
more information, log on to www.luminafoundation.org.