Lumina’s Latino Student Success Effort: America’s Economic Future Increasingly Depends on Graduating More Latinos from College

Latinos are the fastest-growing student population in America.

Recognizing this growth, Lumina Foundation’s 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 Foundation’s 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


“Lumina’s 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 nation’s 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.

“Lumina’s 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 college—especially 21st century students: low-income

students, students of color, first-generation students and adult

learners. Lumina’s 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

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