How We're Closing the Equity Gap The future of our country hinges on the success of the Latino community. Latino students deserve a quality education – from the early learning stages all the way to the higher education years. In order to close the equity gap, it is critically important that policies address the needs of Latino youth. U.S. Representative Linda Sánchez (CA) Using a Latino Lens More Latinos are completing college degrees. While positive change is happening, it is not happening fast enough. That is Excelencia’s mission. We have a Latino focus and we are about accelerating Latino student success. Excelencia in Education is a trusted information source on the status of Latino educational achievement, a major resource for influencing policy at the institutional, state, and national levels, and a widely recognized advocate for expanding evidence-based practices to accelerate Latino student success in higher education. Excelencia’s network of results-oriented educators and policymakers are bringing these solutions into action to address the U.S. economy’s need for a highly educated workforce and for civic leadership.