SUPPORT Policy & Awareness

The Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation works to cultivate a community that supports Latino education, and our aim is to identify and support the key factors that lead to Latino student success.

By supporting effective education policy and promoting awareness of the distinct circumstances that affect first-generation, college-bound Latino students, we will be creating an environment that is inclusive, effective and sustainable.

One of our most recent endeavors has been to fund the analysis entitled, “From Selectivity to Success: Latinos at Selective Institutions,” which examines the profile of Latino students at the most selective institutions in the U.S. and reviews the institutional efforts at four universities in California to frame a better understanding of factors that might explicitly and intentionally support Latino student success.

The full report can be downloaded here.

The Capitol Hill briefing can be seen here.

Analysis of four of the most selective universities in California, including the University of La Verne, Stanford University, the University of California—Santa Barbara and the University of California, Berkeley, provide key insights into practices that accelerate Latino student success, including:

This research will allow us to work with the educational community to both model and implement these newfound practices at selective higher education institutions. We are convinced that with the right resources and support at colleges and universities throughout the nation, we can close the Latino achievement gap.