WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - As more first generation Latino students head to college, some like Clarissa Alvarado realize it’s a tough adjustment.
“I remember when I started, the population was really small for Hispanic students. I’ve seen it grow over the past three years,” said Alvardo, a Somos Familia mentor.
Cafe Con Leche presented Somos Familia, a mentorship program, to Midwestern State University as a way to bridge the educational gap.
“This program is special because we’re actually trying to get them to graduate. Not just apply to college but to graduate and to be successful in the future,” said Mariela Portugal, a Somos Familia mentor.
Four mentors will be part of the support system to a total of 20 first generation freshmen.
“College is hard. When students know that they have that support system to help them academically even just with somebody to talk to it definitely helps with that success rate,” said Alexis Valenzuela, a Somos Familia mentor.
The program will help students of this background succeed in college.
“We’re focusing on our Hispanic students, learning as an institution how to better serve them, but then also, I think in doing so, we’ve sort of laid a groundwork for just being better with diversity equity inclusion across campus,” said Cammie Dean, assistant vice president for student affairs at MSU Texas.
The mentors were selected in the fall, while recruitment of the mentees just started.
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