A group of 20 research universities that are also Spanish service institutions have formed an alliance to recruit more Spanish doctoral students and members of the Faculty to their programs. On Thursday at an launch event in Washington, D.C., aims to double the number of Hispanic doctoral students and increase the number of Hispanic professors by 20 percent in these institutions by 2030. From these universities they will share data monitoring their progress and collaborates in proposals for subsidies for collective projects to meet these objectives.

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Heather Wilson, preside t of the University of Texas in El Paso and President of the Alliance, said that Hispanics are 17 percent of the US workforce. Uu. But less of 6 percent of doctoral students throughout the country.

"That is not good enough," Wilson said in the event. “No group is better positioned than expanding the way to the opportunity and changing the face of higher education in the United States, not only in a discipline but in all disciplines: humanities and arts, engineering and science, health and law and business. We believe that we are stronger together than any of us are alone. " Federal Government. Universities in the Alliance cover nine states and together serve 254,399 Hispanic students, 33 percent of its total student population, according to Fall 2020 data of the United States Department of Education. The institutions also collectively graduated from 1,451 Hispanic doctoral students, who represented 13 percent of their total doctoral graduates, in the 2019-20 academic year. article_in_article "););

" I think this is a big problem, "said Antonio Flores, president and CEO of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. The announcement shows that the leaders of the Spanish service research universities They recognize that "they do not have many teachers in their institutions that resemble the students they serve" and have pledged to build stronger pipes.

A study published in the Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy found that the number of regular Latin professors grew by less than 1 percent between 2013 and 2017, and now represent about 4 percent of the total total faculty in all the country. Meanwhile, Hispanic students represented almost 20 percent of students throughout the country in 2017, according to an analysis of the PEW Research Center.

even if the alliance manages to increase the Hispanic faculty of institutions by 20 percent, Flores expects the gap between Hispanic students and the members of the faculty to expand as Latin communities in the USA UU. They continue to grow rapidly and more Hispanic students enter the K-12 schools.

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