As we finish off the 2007 season of Knowledge is Power, I’m excited about bringing in the new year with some great show topics on education, society, culture, the arts, and off course, politics! This is an election year, so I’m sure we will have plenty of discussions on who our next President will be!
For January 6th, we covered Latinas in Higher Education. Our guests were Dr. Gabriela Chavira, who I dubbed a Chicana Superstar! Dr. Chavira is a Psychology professor and researcher at CSUN and Elvia Lorena Navarro, a young Latina working for her PhD in Clinical Psychology, home grown in the big bad city of Inglewood.
Props to these two amazing Latinas doing some great research on minorities in Higher Education and Academic Achievement!
Here are some websites that can help you out if you are looking to get more info:
www.fafsa.edu – Free Application for Federal Student Aid
http://www.lacashforcollege.org/ – self explanatory! Get cash for college!
www.Csumentor.edu – info on getting into the Cal State System
www.ucop.edu – info on getting into the UC system
www.ccco.edu – info on Community Colleges
www.maldef.org – Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Scholarship info and help for undocumented students (AB540) and families.
www.hsf.net – Hispanic Scholarship Fund, I actually am a recipient of one of their scholarships, GREAT organization.
www.Salef.org – Salvadorian American Legal Education Fund
www.Ideasla.org – info on California Dream Act, run by students at UCLA for students all over Southern California.
www.edexcelencia.org/pdf/Latinas-STEM-factsheet.pdf – Statistics for Latinas in Math, Science, Technology and Engineering
www.nces.ed.gov – National Center of Education Statistics
www.latinastyle.com/currentissue/v13-5/education.html – Pretty good article on education and No Child Left Behind Act with US Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling.
www.hacu.net – Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Student Support Systems
www.scholarshipsforhispanics.org – pretty self explanatory!
http://thelatinavoz.com/Archive/December/careerMoney.html – Think you are too old? THINK AGAIN!
Just remember, you don’t need to go to a fancy school, just get educated! If you are starting out, it’s ok to take it slow, one class at a time and slowly build up your study habits and take on more courses. Community colleges are great! They save you money on classes and can prepare you to transfer to some of the best colleges in California and the Nation.
Education in this country is a luxury. There are people in other countries who barely get a 5th grade education. Don’t deny yourself the opportunity. You are worth it! So go for yours and SHINE!
If you are Latina and your parents want you to have babies and get married, look them straight in the eyes and say PAPA DON’T PREACH! Get yourself a job, a nice place, move out if necessary and handle it!
If you are the 1st in your family to graduate high school and are trying to get into or finish college, there are support systems, such as EOP. Find one in your college. Align yourself with people that are going through a similar situation. Being the first to go to college is tough. It’s often a lonely and difficult road.
It was for me. As much as you love your family, often times you are dealing with issues by yourself and that’s ok. You will get through it. It’s tough. Culturally, Latinas are not encouraged to go to college, it’s your responsibility to break that mold and embrace the American ideals of education.
We need more Latinas with PhD’s and college degrees, so empower yourself to be a nurse, a teacher, a doctor, an engineer or a Radio person like me and JUST DO IT!
The deadlineto apply for Financial Aid is quickly approaching, March 2, so be sure to fill out those forms and get yourself a piece of that pie. I’m sure Uncle Sam wont mind 😉
Make it a part of your New Year resolutions and get yourself into college!
Hope all this info helps!
Also, Check out the book: “When Affirmative Action Was White” Recommended by UC Student Board Regent D’Artagnan Scorza.
According to studies, altough Affirmative Action helped a lot of minorities get into college, the people that benefited the most, were in fact, White women breaking through the glass cealing. How you like them manzanas?! Since Affirmative Action was withdrawn, Black and Latino enrollement has severely decreased. In fact, in 2005, nine African Americans were accepted to UCLA Law School. In 2006, that number dropped to only 1 African American female being accepted to UCLA Law School. ONE.