The Latino Student Success Project, that began in the Triangle, resulted in the creation of a Leadership Council that meets quarterly to discuss how the non-profit, K-16, and business worlds can come together to promote Latino educational success. Two committees were created from this larger group; one committee is the business and media committee and the other is the Education Committee. The Education Committee is focusing on making lasting changes at individual educational institutions (high schools, community colleges, and 4 years colleges/universities). Durham Technical Community College participates in this committee and they recently asked Latino/a students to come together to discuss ways the community college can better meet their needs. The focus groups were led by Latino/a student leaders on campus, one of which is a new Student Ambassador, a position created to allow a DACA student from Durham to lead efforts focused on Latino student retention and success at Durham Tech.
- Whether they prefer the term Latino or Hispanic
- If they feel they belong on campus
- Whether they desired Latino focused events
- Their use of Support Services on campus
- Whether Durham Tech was doing enough to support the Latino/Hispanic population and other ways to be supportive
- Different ways students can come together and support each other