Moving Forward: Policies, Planning, and Promoting Access of Hispanic College Students


Equitable access to quality education is key to the advancement of Hispanic communities because education may serve as either a gateway or a barrier to social mobility, economic prosperity, and civic engagement. Moving Forward explores key forces in the academic lives of Hispanic students, points out problems, and offers solutions. It provides a review of the policies, planning, and progress achieved in the effort to promote Hispanic access around the nation.

“A rich collection of insightful perspectives on advancing access and opportunities for Hispanic students from a distinguished group of thought leaders and successful practitioners.” 

Diana Natalicio, President, The University of Texas at El Paso

Table of Contents

Timothy White, Chancellor, California State University System

Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. and Gary Francisco Keller

1. A History and Advocacy of Federal Policy: Improving Access and Success for Latina/o College Students
Cristóbal Rodríguez, José Luis Santos, and Patrick L. Valdez

2. An Engaged Approach to Public Scholarship: Shaping the Policy Agenda through Research Evidence
David R. García

3. Helping or Hindering? State Policies and Latino College Completion
Deborah A. Santiago and Emily Calderón Galdeano

4. California’s Student Equity Plan Policy: An Unexploited Opportunity among Hispanic-Serving Community Colleges
Eric R. Felix, Adrián Trinidad, Cheryl D. Ching, and Estela Bensimón

5. Neoliberalism and the Context of Public Higher Education for Latinos
Rubén O. Martínez


6. The Role of Interest Convergence in California’s Education: Community Colleges, Latinas/os, and the State’s Future
Tanya J. Gaxiola Serrano and Daniel Solόrzano

7. Latino Students in Higher Education: Identifying Critical Issues and New Possibilities at a Multiethnic Teaching Institution
Belinda I. Reyes and Umadevi Senguttuvan

8. Recognizing Counter-Stories of First Generation Latina/o Graduate Students: Advancing the Latina/o Graduate College Choice Process
Fernando Valle and Cristóbal Salinas Jr.

9. Schooling Space: Creating Spatial Justice in Carolina del Norte
Juan F. Carrillo


10. Immigrant and Native Hispanic Students and Post-High School Pathways
Leticia Oseguera and Wil Del Pilar

11. Latina/os and U.S. Community Colleges: A Gateway to Success
Víctor B. Sáenz and DeAna McCusky

12. Latino College Students: A Trajectory in the Right Direction after Years of Despondency
Amaury Nora and Vincent D. Carales

13. Nineteen Years after Prop 209: Are Latino/a Students Equitably Represented 
at the University of California?
María Estela Zárate, Chenoa S. Woods, and Kelly M. Ward

14. “The Only Racism Left Is That against White People”: The Complex Realities of the Campus Racial Climate for Latina/o Students
Nolan L. Cabrera

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Alfredo G. de los Santos, Jr., Laura I. Rendón, Gary Francisco Keller, Alberto Acereda, Estela Mara Bensimón, and Richard J. Tannenbaum
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