Now’s the time to fund minority-serving colleges and boost racial equity
By this point in the coronavirus pandemic, it’s understood that African American and Hispanic communities have been the ones hardest hit, and its members disproportionately affected from health and economic standpoints. And because of the pandemic’s impact on higher education, its effects could be felt for years to come. According to a Post article, the increasing stream of Latinx students on college campuses in recent years has been threatened with “a 5.4 percent drop in the head count of Latino undergraduates in the fall” and “26.4 percent fewer high school graduates from schools with a high percentage of Black and Latino students [going] straight to college in 2020 compared with 2019.” A reduction in higher education gains for minority students will have far-reaching consequences on the financial health of their communities.
Originally published: May 17, 2021
Author: Irma Becerra
Institution: Marymount University
Published by: The Washington Post